Dear DepMap team,
I am analyzing the responses of lung cancer cells to EGFR small molecules. Specifically, many of these lung cancer cells appear to have AUC values close to 1 (for example, Gefitinib which was designed to treat lung cancer). According to a previous Q&A post Interpretation of Drug sensitivity AUC and Logfold change value, this means that most of these lung cancer cells are LESS sensitive to gefitinib. However, EGFR mutations cannot explain this discrepancy as most cells do not have them.
Similarly, most cells show log2FC of gefitinib (at the highest dose of 10uM) around 0.
Given the history of this compound, I found this observation counter-intuitive - either:
(A) I have misunderstood the definitions of AUC and log2FC of the PRISM repurposing secondary screen;
(B) The drug dose range used in this screen is well tolerated by this panel of lung cancer cells; or
(C) Other technical reasons?
Would be great if the team can help clarify my understanding of the compound screen data:
- Drug Sensitivity AUC: Values close to 1 mean cells are less sensitive to a compound?
- log2FC is a measure of cell viability between treated and controls?