Dr. Goggins’ current research is focused on discovering new markers of pancreatic adenocarcinoma using genetic, epigenetic and proteomic strategies, characterizing the epigenetic alterations in pancreatic cancers and normal tissues and identifying familial pancreatic cancer susceptibility genes through linkage, genome wide association and candidate gene approaches. Additional epigenetic studies are aimed at determining the functional and clinical significance of aberrant DNA methylation changes in pancreatic cancers.
In the Pancreatic Cancer Early Detection Laboratory, Dr. Goggins oversees research that focuses on gene expression patterns of pancreatic cancers using microarray technology. The lab is also studying DNA methylation patterns looking for genes that are methylated in pancreatic cancer but not in normal cells.
The lab has put together a profile of genes that are methylated in pancreatic cancer. Some pancreatic cancers methylate a lot of genes; most appear to methylate only a few genes. The lab is currently directing efforts to identify additional genes methylated in pancreatic cancer using novel techniques, and is studying the role of telomerase in pancreatic cancer and its potential as a marker for early detection.
Lab Website: Early Detection of Pancreatic Cancer Laboratory
The Cancer of the Pancreas Screening-5 CAPS5)Study
Yu J, Blackford A, Dal Molin M, Wolfgang C, Goggins M. Time to progression of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma from low-to-high tumour stages. Gut 2015;epub Jan31. PMC4520782
Eshleman JR, Norris AL, Sadakari Y, Debeljak M, Borges M, Harrington C, Lin E, Brant A, Barkley T, Almario JA, Topazian M, Farrell J, Syngal S, Lee JH, Yu J, Hruban RH, Kanda M, Canto MI, Goggins M. KRAS and GNAS Mutations in Pancreatic Juice Collected From the Duodenum of Patients at High Risk for Neoplasia Undergoing Endoscopic Ultrasound. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol 2015;13:963-9. PMC4404180.
Sadakari Y, Kanda M, Maitani K, Borges M, Canto MI, Goggins M. Mutant KRAS and GNAS DNA Concentrations in Secretin-Stimulated Pancreatic Fluid Collected from the Pancreatic Duct and the Duodenal Lumen. Clin Transl Gastroenterol 2014;in press. PMCID in process
Vincent A, Hong SM, Hu C, Omura N, Young A, Kim H, Yu J, Knight S, Ayars M, Griffith M, Van Seuningen I, Maitra A, Goggins M. Epigenetic silencing of EYA2 in pancreatic adenocarcinomas promotes tumor growth. Oncotarget 2014; 5:2575-2587. PMC4058028
Kim H, Saka B, Knight S, Borges M, Childs E, Klein AP, Wolfgang CL, Herman JM, Adsay V, Hruban RH, Goggins M. Having pancreatic cancer with tumoral loss of ATM and normal TP53 protein expression is associated with a poorer prognosis. Clin Cancer Res 2014;20: 1865-72 PMC3975663