P95HER2 methionine 611 carboxy-terminal fragment is predictive of trastuzumab adjuvant treatment benefit in the FinHer trial

Jeff Sperinde*, Weidong Huang, Aki Vehtari, Ahmed Chenna, Pirkko Liisa Kellokumpu-Lehtinen, John Winslow, Petri Bono, Yolanda S. Lie, Christos J. Petropoulos, Jodi Weidler, Heikki Joensuu

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Abstract

Purpose: Expression of p95HER2 (p95), a truncated form of the HER2 receptor, which lacks the trastuzumab binding site but retains kinase activity, has been reported as a prognostic biomarker for poor outcomes in patients with trastuzumab-treated HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer. The impact of p95 expression on trastuzumab treatment efficacy in early HER2-positive breast cancer is less clear. In the current study, p95 was tested as a predictive marker of trastuzumab treatment benefit in the HER2-positive subset of the Fin Her adjuvant phase III trial. Experimental Design: In the Fin Her trial, 232 patients with HER2-positive early breast cancer were randomized to receive chemotherapy plus 9 weeks of trastuzumab or no trastuzumab treatment. Quantitative p95 protein expression was measured in formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded samples using the p95 VeraTag assay (Monogram Biosciences), specific for the M611 form ofp95. Quantitative HER2 protein expression was measured using the HERmark assay (Monogram Biosciences). Distant disease-free survival (DDFS) was used as the primary outcome measure. Results: In the arm receiving chemotherapy only, increasing log10(p95) correlated with shorter DDFS (HR, 2.0; P = 0.02). In the arm receiving chemotherapy plus trastuzumab (N = 95), increasing log10(p95) was not correlated with a shorter DDFS. In a combined analysis of both treatment arms, high breast tumor p95 content was significantly correlated with trastuzumab treatment benefit in multivariate models (interaction P = 0.01). Conclusions: A high p95HER2/HER2 ratio identified patients with metastatic breast cancer with poor outcomes on trastuzumab-based therapies. Further investigation of the p95HER2/HER2 ratio as a potential prognostic or predictive biomarker for HER2-targeted therapy is warranted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3046-3052
Number of pages7
JournalClinical Cancer Research
Volume24
Issue number13
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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