Unraveling the chaotic genomic landscape of primary and metastatic canine appendicular osteosarcoma with current sequencing technologies and bioinformatic approaches

PLoS One. 2021 Feb 8;16(2):e0246443. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0246443. eCollection 2021.


Osteosarcoma is a rare disease in children but is one of the most common cancers in adult large breed dogs. The mutational landscape of both the primary and pulmonary metastatic tumor in two dogs with appendicular osteosarcoma (OSA) was comprehensively evaluated using an automated whole genome sequencing, exome and RNA-seq pipeline that was adapted for this study for use in dogs. Chromosomal lesions were the most common type of mutation. The mutational landscape varied substantially between dogs but the lesions within the same patient were similar. Copy number neutral loss of heterozygosity in mutant TP53 was the most significant driver mutation and involved a large region in the middle of chromosome 5. Canine and human OSA is characterized by loss of cell cycle checkpoint integrity and DNA damage response pathways. Mutational profiling of individual patients with canine OSA would be recommended prior to targeted therapy, given the heterogeneity seen in our study and previous studies.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Bone Neoplasms* / genetics
  • Bone Neoplasms* / veterinary
  • Dog Diseases / genetics*
  • Dogs
  • Genes, p53 / genetics
  • Male
  • Mutation
  • Neoplasms, Second Primary / genetics
  • Neoplasms, Second Primary / veterinary*
  • Osteosarcoma* / genetics
  • Osteosarcoma* / veterinary