## Replication Study: Melanoma genome sequencing reveals frequent _PREX2_ mutations
In 2015, as part of the [Reproducibility Project: Cancer Biology], we published a Registered Report ([Chroscinski et al., 2014]), that described how we intended to replicate selected experiments from the paper "Melanoma genome sequencing reveals frequent _PREX2_ mutations" ([Berger et al., 2012]). Here we report the results of those experiments. We regenerated cells stably expressing ectopic wild-type and mutant phosphatidylinositol-3,4,5-trisphosphate-dependent Rac exchange factor 2 (PREX2) using the same immortalized human NRAS<sup>G12D</sup> melanocytes as the original study. Evaluation of PREX2 expression in these newly generated stable cells revealed varying levels of expression among the PREX2 isoforms, which was also observed in the stable cells made in the original study (Figure S6A; [Berger et al., 2012]). Additionally, ectopically expressed PREX2 was found to be at least 5 times above endogenous PREX2 expression. Monitoring tumor formation of these stable cells _in vivo_ resulted in no statistically significant difference in tumor-free survival driven by _PREX2_ variants, whereas the original study reported that these _PREX2_ mutations increased the rate of tumor incidence compared to controls (Figure 3B and S6B; [Berger et al., 2012]). Surprisingly, the median tumor-free survival was 1 week in this replication attempt, while 70% of the control mice were reported to be tumor-free after 9 weeks in the original study. The rapid tumor onset observed in this replication attempt, compared to the original study, makes the detection of accelerated tumor growth in _PREX2_ expressing NRAS<sup>G12D</sup> melanocytes extremely difficult. Finally, we report meta-analyses for each result.
**Reports:** Read the [Replication Study], or view the [preprint versions].
To reproduce the Replication Study manuscript text run this in [R Studio] (note: downloads [R markdown file] directly from osf.io:
GET("https://osf.io/svudh/?action=download", write_disk("Replication_Study_44.Rmd", overwrite = T))
render("Replication_Study_44.Rmd", output_format = "word_document")
Also, explore the [Registered Report] and materials related to the Registered Report [here].
**Experiments replicated:** Reproduce and explore the figures, analyses, data, and methods generated in this replication attempt.
- [Sequencing endogenous PREX2 in NRASG12D melanocytes]
- [Confirming ectopic expression of PREX2 mutant isoforms by Western Blot]
- Replication of Figure S6A in Berger et al., 2012
- [Generation of tumor xenografts expressing mutated forms of PREX2]
- Replication of Figures 3B, S6B-C in Berger et al., 2012.
**Meta-analyses** As a measure of evaluating reproducibility a meta-analysis of each effect was performed. The forest plots, analyses, and data are available [here].
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