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Immunohistochemical Features Associated with Sensitivity to Lapatinib-plus-Capecitabine and Resistance to Trastuzumab in HER2-positive Breast Cancer

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Authors
Cha, Yongjun; Han, Sae-Won; Seol, Hyesil; Oh, Do-Youn; Im, Seock-Ah; Bang, Yung-Jue; Park, In Ae; Han, Wonshik; Noh, Dong-Young; Kim, Tae-You
Issue Date
2014-08
Citation
Anticancer Research, Vol.34 No.8, pp.4275-4280
Keywords
Breast cancertrastuzumablapatinibcapecitabineHER2HER3TYMS
Abstract
Aim: To identify immunohistochemical (IHC) features associated with sensitivity to lapatinib-plus-capecitabine (LX) and resistance to trastuzumab in human epidermal growth factor receptor (HER)-2-positive metastatic breast cancer. Patients and Methods: Expression levels of estrogen receptor, progesterone receptor, epidermal growth factor receptor, HER2, HER3/phosphorylated HER3 (pHER3), phosphatase and tensin homolog, thymidylate synthase (TYMS), and thymidine phosphorylase by IHC were compared between patients treated with LX following trastuzumab failure. Results: In 35 patients, HER2 was the only biomarker associated with LX treatment outcomes. A high HER2 level was associated with significantly longer survival and a tendency towards longer time-to-progression and higher response rates. Acquisition of trastuzumab resistance was associated with higher pHER3 and TYMS expression. Elevated pHER3 was predictive of superior treatment outcomes. Conclusion: Upregulation of pHER3 and TYMS was associated with trastuzumab resistance. High HER2 and increased pHER3 IHC levels correlated with favourable LX treatment outcomes in patients with HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer.
ISSN
0250-7005
URI
https://hdl.handle.net/10371/172966
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