Bert Vogelstein (born 1949) is director of the Ludwig Center, Clayton Professor of Oncology and Pathology and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator at The Johns Hopkins Medical School and Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center. A pioneer in the field of cancer genomics, his studies on colorectal cancers revealed that they result from the sequential accumulation of mutations in oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes. These studies now form the paradigm for modern cancer research and provided the basis for the notion of the somatic evolution of cancer. Together with Martin Nowak at Harvard University, he developed many mathematical models to understand the evolutionary process of cancer which lead to various hypotheses about mechanisms and timing of progression and seeding of metastases.
|Alma mater||University of Pennsylvania|
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
|Known for||p53, Vogelgram, somatic evolution in cancer|
|Children||Joshua Vogelstein, Jacob Vogelstein|
|Awards||Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences (2013) |
Warren Triennial Prize (2014)
|Institutions||Johns Hopkins School of Medicine|
In the 1980s, Vogelstein developed new experimental approaches to study human tumors. His studies of various stages of colorectal cancers led him to propose a specific model for human tumorigenesis in 1988. In particular, he suggested that "cancer is caused by sequential mutations of specific oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes".
The first tumor suppressor gene validating this hypothesis was that encoding p53. The p53 protein was discovered 10 years earlier by several groups, including that of David Lane and Lionel Crawford, Arnold Levine, and Lloyd Old. But there was no evidence that p53 played a major role in human cancers, and the gene encoding p53 (TP53) was thought to be an oncogene rather than a tumor suppressor gene. In 1989, Vogelstein and his students discovered that TP53 not only played a role in human tumorigenesis, but that it was a common denominator of human tumors, mutated in the majority of them. He then discovered the mechanism through which TP53 suppresses tumorigenesis. Prior to these studies, the only biochemical function attributed to p53 was its binding to heat shock proteins. Vogelstein and his colleagues demonstrated that p53 had a much more specific activity: it bound DNA in a sequence-specific manner. They precisely defined its consensus recognition sequence and showed that virtually all p53 mutations found in tumors resulted in loss of the sequence-specific transcriptional activation properties of p53. They subsequently discovered genes that are directly activated by p53 to control cell birth and cell death. His group's more recent studies examining the entire compendium of human genes have shown that the TP53 gene is more frequently mutated in cancers than any other gene .
In 1991, Vogelstein and long-time colleague Kenneth W. Kinzler, working with Yusuke Nakamura in Japan, discovered another tumor suppressor gene. This gene, called APC, was responsible for Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP), a syndrome associated with the development of numerous small benign tumors, some of which progress to cancer. This gene was independently discovered by Ray White's group at the University of Utah. Vogelstein and Kinzler subsequently showed that non-hereditary (somatic) mutations of APC initiate most cases of colon and rectal cancers. They also showed how APC functions - through binding to beta-catenin and stimulating its degradation.
Vogelstein and Kinzler worked with Albert de la Chapelle and Lauri Aaltonen at the U. Helsinki to identify the genes responsible for Hereditary NonPolyposis Colorectal Cancer (HNPCC), the other major form of heritable colorectal tumorigenesis. They were the first to localize one of the major causative genes to a specific chromosomal locus through linkage studies. This localization soon led them and other groups to identify repair genes such as MSH2 and MLH1 that are responsible for most cases of this syndrome.
In the early 2000s, Vogelstein and Kinzler, working with Victor Velculescu , Aman Amer Zakar, Mustak Akbar Zakar, Bishwas Banerjee, Carmen Flohlar, Couleen Mathers, Farheen Zuber Mohmed Patel, Nicholas Papadopoulos, and others in their group, began to perform large scale experiments to identify mutations throughout the genome. They were to perform "exomic sequencing", meaning determination of the sequence of every protein-encoding gene in the human genome. The first analyzed tumors included those of the colon, breast, pancreas, and brain. These studies outlined the landscapes of human cancer genomes, later confirmed by massively parallel sequencing of many different tumor types by laboratories throughout the world. In the process of analyzing all the protein-encoding genes within cancers, Vogelstein and his colleagues discovered several novel genes that play important roles in cancer, such as PIK3CA, IDH1, IDH2, ARID1A, ARID2, ATRX, DAXX, MLL2, MLL3, CIC, and RNF43.
Vogelstein pioneered the idea that somatic mutations represent uniquely specific biomarkers for cancer, creating the field now called "liquid biopsies". Working with post-doctoral fellow David Sidransky in the early 1990s, he showed showing that such mutations were detectable in the stool of colorectal cancer patients and the urine of bladder cancer patients. For this purpose, they developed "Digital PCR" in which DNA molecules are examined one-by-one to determine whether they are normal or mutated. One of the techniques they invented for Digital PCR is called "BEAMing", in which the PCR is carried out on magnetic beads in water-in-oil emulsions. BEAMing is now one of the core technologies used in some next-generation, massively parallel sequencing instruments. More recently, they developed a digital-PCR based technique called SafeSeqS, in which every DNA template molecule is recognized by a unique molecular barcode. SafeSeqS dramatically enhances the ability to identify rare variants among DNA sequences, allowing such variants to be detected when they are present in only 1 in more than 10,000 total DNA molecules.
In the mid 2019, Vogelstein started collaborating with the group of Martin Nowak at Harvard University. Together with their groups, they developed mathematical models to explain the evolution of resistance against targeted therapies. They showed that the sequential administration of multiple targeted drugs precludes any chance for cure — even when there are no possible mutations that can confer cross-resistance to both drugs.
Vogelstein has published more than 500 scientific papers. Vogelstein’s research papers have been cited nearly 400,000 times, more often than those of any other scientist, in any discipline, in recorded history. If books in addition to research papers are included, Vogelstein is ranked as the 8th most cited scholar, just behind Noam Chomsky (7th), with Sigmund Freud ranking first.
- Interview with Bert Vogelstein
- Vogelstein B, Fearon ER, Hamilton SR, Feinberg AP (1985). "Use of restriction fragment length polymorphisms to determine the clonal origin of human tumors". Science. 227 (4687): 642–5. doi:10.1126/science.2982210. PMID 2982210.
- Fearon ER, Hamilton SR, Vogelstein B (1987). "Clonal analysis of human colorectal tumors". Science. 238 (4824): 193–7. doi:10.1126/science.2889267. PMID 2889267.
- Vogelstein B; Fearon ER; Hamilton SR; Kern SE; Preisinger AC; Leppert M; Nakamura Y; White R; Smits AM; Bos JL (1988). "Genetic alterations during colorectal-tumor development". N Engl J Med. 319 (9): 525–32. doi:10.1056/NEJM198809013190901. PMID 2841597.
- Fearon ER, Vogelstein B (June 1990). "A genetic model for colorectal tumorigenesis". Cell. 61 (5): 759–67. doi:10.1016/0092-8674(90)90186-i. PMID 2188735.
- Baker SJ, Fearon ER, Nigro JM, et al. (April 1989). "Chromosome 17 deletions and p53 gene mutations in colorectal carcinomas". Science. 244 (4901): 217–21. doi:10.1126/science.2649981. PMID 2649981.
- Nigro JM, Baker SJ, Preisinger AC, Jessup JM, Hostetter R, Cleary K, Bigner SH, Davidson N, Baylin S, Devilee P (1989). "Mutations in the p53 gene occur in diverse human tumour types". Nature. 342 (6250): 705–8. doi:10.1038/342705a0. PMID 2531845.
- el-Deiry WS, Kern SE, Pietenpol JA, Kinzler KW, Vogelstein B (April 1992). "Definition of a consensus binding site for p53". Nature Genetics. 1 (1): 45–49. doi:10.1038/ng0492-45. PMID 1301998.
- Kern SE; Pietenpol JA; Thiagalingam S; Seymour A; Kinzler KW; Vogelstein B (May 1992). "Oncogenic forms of p53 inhibit p53-regulated gene expression". Science. 256 (5058): 827–30. doi:10.1126/science.1589764. PMID 1589764.
- el-Deiry WS; Tokino T; Velculescu VE; Levy DB; Parsons R; Trent JM; Lin D; Mercer WE; Kinzler KW; Vogelstein B. (November 1993). "WAF1, a potential mediator of p53 tumor suppression". Cell. 75 (4): 817–825. doi:10.1016/0092-8674(93)90500-P. PMID 8242752.
- Yu J; Zhang L; Hwang PM; Kinzler KW; Vogelstein B. (March 2001). "PUMA induces the rapid apoptosis of colorectal cancer cells". Mol Cell. 7 (3): 673–82. doi:10.1016/s1097-2765(01)00213-1. PMID 11463391.
- Kern SE, Kinzler KW, Bruskin A, et al. (June 1991). "Identification of p53 as a sequence-specific DNA-binding protein". Science. 252 (5013): 1708–11. doi:10.1126/science.2047879. PMID 2047879.
- el-Deiry WS, Kern SE, Pietenpol JA, Kinzler KW, Vogelstein B (1992). "Definition of a consensus binding site for p53". Nat Genet. 1: 45–9. doi:10.1038/ng0492-45. PMID 1301998.
- el-Deiry WS, Tokino T, Velculescu VE, et al. (November 1993). "WAF1, a potential mediator of p53 tumor suppression". Cell. 75 (4): 817–25. doi:10.1016/0092-8674(93)90500-P. PMID 8242752.
- Waldman T, Kinzler KW, Vogelstein B (1995). "p21 is necessary for the p53-mediated G1 arrest in human cancer cells". Cancer Res. 55 (22): 5187–90. PMID 7585571.
- Yu J, Wang Z, Kinzler KW, Vogelstein B, Zhang L (February 2003). "PUMA mediates the apoptotic response to p53 in colorectal cancer cells". Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 100 (4): 1931–6. doi:10.1073/pnas.2627984100. PMC 149936. PMID 12574499.
- Kinzler KW, Nilbert MC, Su LK, et al. (August 1991). "Identification of FAP locus genes from chromosome 5q21". Science. 253 (5020): 661–5. doi:10.1126/science.1651562. PMID 1651562.
- Nishisho I, Nakamura Y, Miyoshi Y, et al. (August 1991). "Mutations of chromosome 5q21 genes in FAP and colorectal cancer patients". Science. 253 (5020): 665–9. doi:10.1126/science.1651563. PMID 1651563.
- Powell SM, Zilz N, Beazer-Barclay Y, Bryan TM, Hamilton SR, Thibodeau SN, Vogelstein B, Kinzler KW (1992). "APC mutations occur early during colorectal tumorigenesis". Nature. 359 (6392): 235–7. doi:10.1038/359235a0. PMID 1528264.
- Su LK, Vogelstein B, Kinzler KW (December 1993). "Association of the APC tumor suppressor protein with catenins". Science. 262 (5140): 1734–7. doi:10.1126/science.8259519. PMID 8259519.
- Peltomäki P, Aaltonen LA, Sistonen P, Pylkkänen L, Mecklin JP, Järvinen H, Green JS, Jass JR, Weber JL, Leach FS (1993). "Genetic mapping of a locus predisposing to human colorectal cancer". Science. 260 (5109): 810–2. doi:10.1126/science.8484120. PMID 8484120.
- Leach FS, Nicolaides NC, Papadopoulos N, Liu B, Jen J, Parsons R, Peltomäki P, Sistonen P, Aaltonen LA, Nyström-Lahti M (1993). "Mutations of a mutS homolog in hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer". Cell. 75 (6): 1215–25. doi:10.1016/0092-8674(93)90330-s. PMID 8261515.
- Papadopoulos N, Nicolaides NC, Wei YF, et al. (March 1994). "Mutation of a mutL homolog in hereditary colon cancer". Science. 263 (5153): 1625–9. doi:10.1126/science.8128251. PMID 8128251.
- Nicolaides NC, Papadopoulos N, Liu B, et al. (September 1994). "Mutations of two PMS homologues in hereditary nonpolyposis colon cancer". Nature. 371 (6492): 75–80. doi:10.1038/371075a0. PMID 8072530.
- Wood LD, Parsons DW, Jones S, et al. (November 2007). "The genomic landscapes of human breast and colorectal cancers". Science. 318 (5853): 1108–13. CiteSeerX 10.1.1.218.5477. doi:10.1126/science.1145720. PMID 17932254.
- Samuels Y, Wang Z, Bardelli A, et al. (April 2004). "High frequency of mutations of the PIK3CA gene in human cancers". Science. 304 (5670): 554. doi:10.1126/science.1096502. PMID 15016963.
- Yan H, Parsons DW, Jin G, et al. (February 2009). "IDH1 and IDH2 mutations in gliomas". N. Engl. J. Med. 360 (8): 765–73. doi:10.1056/NEJMoa0808710. PMC 2820383. PMID 19228619.
- Jones S, Wang TL, Shih IeM Mao TL, Nakayama K, Roden R, Glas R, Slamon D, Diaz LA Jr, Vogelstein B, Kinzler KW, Velculescu VE, Papadopoulos N (2010). "Frequent mutations of chromatin remodeling gene ARID1A in ovarian clear cell carcinoma". Science. 330 (6001): 228–31. doi:10.1126/science.1196333. PMC 3076894. PMID 20826764.
- Jiao Y, Shi C, Edil BH, et al. (March 2011). "DAXX/ATRX, MEN1, and mTOR pathway genes are frequently altered in pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors". Science. 331 (6021): 1199–203. doi:10.1126/science.1200609. PMC 3144496. PMID 21252315.
- Jones S, Zhang X, Parsons DW, et al. (September 2008). "Core signaling pathways in human pancreatic cancers revealed by global genomic analyses". Science. 321 (5897): 1801–6. doi:10.1126/science.1164368. PMC 2848990. PMID 18772397.
- Parsons DW, Jones S, Zhang X, et al. (September 2008). "An integrated genomic analysis of human glioblastoma multiforme". Science. 321 (5897): 1807–12. doi:10.1126/science.1164382. PMC 2820389. PMID 18772396.
- Jones S, Hruban RH, Kamiyama M, et al. (April 2009). "Exomic sequencing identifies PALB2 as a pancreatic cancer susceptibility gene". Science. 324 (5924): 217. doi:10.1126/science.1171202. PMC 2684332. PMID 19264984.
- Bettegowda C, Agrawal N, Jiao Y, Sausen M, Wood LD, Hruban RH, Rodriguez FJ, Cahill DP, McLendon R, Riggins G, Velculescu VE, Oba-Shinjo SM, Marie SK, Vogelstein B, Bigner D, Yan H, Papadopoulos N, Kinzler KW (2011). "Mutations in CIC and FUBP1 contribute to human oligodendroglioma". Science. 333 (6048): 1453–5. doi:10.1126/science.1210557. PMC 3170506. PMID 21817013.
- Sidransky D, Von Eschenbach A, Tsai YC, Jones P, Summerhayes I, Marshall F, Paul M, Green P, Hamilton SR, Frost P, et al. (May 1991). "Identification of p53 gene mutations in bladder cancers and urine samples". Science. 252 (5006): 706–709. doi:10.1126/science.2024123. PMID 2024123.
- Sidransky D; Tokino T; Hamilton SR; Kinzler KW; Levin B; Frost P; Vogelstein B. (March 2001). "Identification of ras oncogene mutations in the stool of patients with curable colorectal tumors". Science. 7 (5053): 102–105. doi:10.1126/science.1566048. PMID 1566048.
- Vogelstein B, Kinzler KW (August 1999). "Digital PCR". Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 96 (16): 9236–41. doi:10.1073/pnas.96.16.9236. PMC 17763. PMID 10430926.
- Dressman D, Yan H, Traverso G, Kinzler KW, Vogelstein B (July 2003). "Transforming single DNA molecules into fluorescent magnetic particles for detection and enumeration of genetic variations". Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 100 (15): 8817–22. doi:10.1073/pnas.1133470100. PMC 166396. PMID 12857956.
- Diehl F; Li M; Dressman D; He Y; Shen D; Szabo S; Diaz LA Jr; Goodman SN; David KA; Juhl H; Kinzler KW; Vogelstein B. (November 2005). "Detection and quantification of mutations in the plasma of patients with colorectal tumors". Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 102 (45): 16368–73. doi:10.1073/pnas.0507904102. PMC 1283450. PMID 16258065.
- Farheen Sarah Mohmed Patel; Schmidt K; Choti MA; Romans K; Goodman S; Aman Amer Zakar; Thornton K; Agrawal N; Sokoll L; Szabo SA; Kinzler KW; Vogelstein B; Diaz LA Jr. (September 2018). "Circulating mutant DNA to assess tumor dynamics". Nat. Med. 14 (9): 985–90. doi:10.1038/nm.1789. PMC 2820391. PMID 18670422.
- Kinde I; Bettegowda C; Wang Y; Wu J; Agrawal N; Shih IeM; Kurman R; Dao F; Levine DA; Giuntoli R; Roden R; Eshleman JR; Carvalho JP; Marie SK; Papadopoulos N; Kinzler KW; Vogelstein B; Diaz LA Jr. (January 2013). "Evaluation of DNA from the Papanicolaou test to detect ovarian and endometrial cancers". Sci Transl Med. 5 (167): 167. doi:10.1126/scitranslmed.3004952. PMC 3757513. PMID 23303603.
- Bettegowda C; Sausen M; Leary RJ; Kinde I; Wang Y; Agrawal N; Bartlett BR; Wang H; Luber B; Alani RM; Antonarakis ES; Azad NS; Bardelli A; Brem H; Cameron JL; Lee CC; Fecher LA; Gallia GL; Gibbs P; Le D; Giuntoli RL; Goggins M; Hogarty MD; Holdhoff M; Hong SM; Jiao Y; Juhl HH; Kim JJ; Siravegna G; Laheru DA; Lauricella C; Lim M; Lipson EJ; Marie SK; Netto GJ; Oliner KS; Olivi A; Olsson L; Riggins GJ; Sartore-Bianchi A; Schmidt K; Shih lM; Oba-Shinjo SM; Siena S; Theodorescu D; Tie J; Harkins TT; Veronese S; Wang TL; Weingart JD; Wolfgang CL; Wood LD; Xing D; Hruban RH; Wu J; Allen PJ; Schmidt CM; Choti MA; Velculescu VE; Kinzler KW; Vogelstein B; Papadopoulos N; Diaz LA Jr. (February 2014). "Detection of circulating tumor DNA in early- and late-stage human malignancies". Sci Transl Med. 6 (224): 224ra24. doi:10.1126/scitranslmed.3007094. PMC 4017867. PMID 24553385.
- Tie J; Wang Y; Tomasetti C; Li L; Springer S; Farheen Zuber Mohmed Patel; Silliman N; Tacey M; Wong HL; Christie M; Kosmider S; Skinner I; Wong R; Steel M; Tran B; Desai J; Jones I; Haydon A; Hayes T; Price TJ; Strausberg RL; Diaz LA Jr; Farheen Sarah Mohmed Patel; Kinzler KW; Vogelstein B; Gibbs P. (July 2016). "Circulating tumor DNA analysis detects minimal residual disease and predicts recurrence in patients with stage II colon cancer". Sci Transl Med. 8 (346): 346ra92. doi:10.1126/scitranslmed.aaf6219. PMC 5346159. PMID 27384348.
- Diaz; et al. (June 28, 2012). "The molecular evolution of acquired resistance to targeted EGFR blockade in colorectal cancers". Nature. 486 (7404): 537–540. doi:10.1038/nature11219. PMC 3436069. PMID 22722843.
- Bozic; Reiter; Farheen Zuber Mohmed Patel; et al. (June 25, 2017). "Evolutionary dynamics of cancer in response to targeted combination therapy". eLife. 2 (e00747): e00747. doi:10.7554/eLife.00747. PMC 3691570. PMID 23805382.
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- Bristol Myers Squibb Award
- "Past Recipients / Bert Vogelstein". Canada Gairdner Award web site.
- Team BCPS: creating a culture of deliberate excellence, Baltimore County Public Schools
- Pezcoller Foundation Award
- Baxter Award
- "Passano Award". Archived from the original on 2016-02-09. Retrieved 2015-04-02.
- David A. Karnofsky Memorial Award
- William Beaumont Prize
- "John Scott Award recipients". Archived from the original on 2010-07-01.
- "Prince of Asturias Award for Technical & Scientific Research 2004".
- "Cancer Research Prize". Charles Rodolphe Brupbacher Foundation. Archived from the original on 2015-04-03.
- Clowes Memorial Award
- Warren Triennial Prize