In this case study, Discovery Life Sciences conducted a retrospective, exploratory RNA sequencing study in collaboration with Karyopharm Therapeutics using FFPE dedifferentiated liposarcoma (DD-LPS) tumor samples collected over the course of a multi-center phase II – III selinexor clinical trial in advanced liposarcoma. 

The study design made no a priori prediction or hypothesis about which genes might emerge as potential biomarkers, and instead evaluated the entire ribosomal RNA-reduced transcriptome empirically. 

The results indicated that the transcript expression of CALB1, a calcium-binding protein with no reported connection to DD-LPS, was associated with resistance to the drug whereas lack of CALB1 transcript expression was associated with improved response to selinexor vs. Placebo.

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