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  • 1
    Abstract: BACKGROUND: TP53 mutations are frequent in breast cancer, however their clinical relevance in terms of response to chemotherapy is controversial. METHODS: 450 pre-therapeutic, formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded core biopsies from the phase II neoadjuvant GeparSixto trial that included HER2-positive and triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) were subjected to Sanger sequencing of exons 5-8 of the TP53 gene. TP53 status was correlated to response to neoadjuvant anthracycline/taxane-based chemotherapy with or without carboplatin and trastuzumab/lapatinib in HER2-positive and bevacizumab in TNBC. p53 protein expression was evaluated by immunohistochemistry in the TNBC subgroup. RESULTS: Of 450 breast cancer samples 297 (66.0%) were TP53 mutant. Mutations were significantly more frequent in TNBC (74.8%) compared to HER2-positive cancers (55.4%, P 〈 0.0001). Neither mutations nor different mutation types and effects were associated with pCR neither in the whole study group nor in molecular subtypes (P 〉 0.05 each). Missense mutations tended to be associated with a better survival compared to all other types of mutations in TNBC (P = 0.093) and in HER2-positive cancers (P = 0.071). In TNBC, missense mutations were also linked to higher numbers of tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs, P = 0.028). p53 protein overexpression was also linked with imporved survival (P = 0.019). CONCLUSIONS: Our study confirms high TP53 mutation rates in TNBC and HER2-positive breast cancer. Mutations did not predict the response to an intense neoadjuvant chemotherapy in these two molecular breast cancer subtypes.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 27611952
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    Abstract: PURPOSE: Modulation of immunologic interactions in cancer tissue is a promising therapeutic strategy. To investigate the immunogenicity of human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) -positive and triple-negative (TN) breast cancers (BCs), we evaluated tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) and immunologically relevant genes in the neoadjuvant GeparSixto trial. PATIENTS AND METHODS: GeparSixto investigated the effect of adding carboplatin (Cb) to an anthracycline-plus-taxane combination (PM) on pathologic complete response (pCR). A total of 580 tumors were evaluated before random assignment for stromal TILs and lymphocyte-predominant BC (LPBC). mRNA expression of immune-activating (CXCL9, CCL5, CD8A, CD80, CXCL13, IGKC, CD21) as well as immunosuppressive factors (IDO1, PD-1, PD-L1, CTLA4, FOXP3) was measured in 481 tumors. RESULTS: Increased levels of stromal TILs predicted pCR in univariable (P 〈 .001) and multivariable analyses (P 〈 .001). pCR rate was 59.9% in LPBC and 33.8% for non-LPBC (P 〈 .001). pCR rates 〉/= 75% were observed in patients with LPBC tumors treated with PMCb, with a significant test for interaction with therapy in the complete (P = .002) and HER2-positive (P = .006), but not the TNBC, cohorts. Hierarchic clustering of mRNA markers revealed three immune subtypes with different pCR rates (P 〈 .001). All 12 immune mRNA markers were predictive for increased pCR. The highest odds ratios (ORs) were observed for PD-L1 (OR, 1.57; 95% CI, 1.34 to 1.86; P 〈 .001) and CCL5 (OR, 1.41; 95% CI, 1.23 to 1.62; P 〈 .001). CONCLUSION: Immunologic factors were highly significant predictors of therapy response in the GeparSixto trial, particularly in patients treated with Cb. After further standardization, they could be included in histopathologic assessment of BC.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 25534375
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    Abstract: Human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) is a central predictive biomarker in breast cancer. Inaccurate HER2 results in different laboratories could be as high as 20%. However, this statement is based on data generated more than 13 years ago and may not reflect the standards of modern diagnostic pathology. We compared central and local HER2 testing in a total of 1581 HER2-positive tumors from five clinical trials. We evaluated the clinical relevance for pathological complete response (pCR) and disease-free survival in a subgroup of 677 tumors, which received an anti-HER2 therapy. Over the period of 12 years, the discordance rate for HER2 decreased from 52.4 (GeparTrio) to 8.4% (GeparSepto). Discordance rates were significantly higher in hormone receptor (HR)-positive tumors (26.6%), compared to HR-negative tumors (16.3%, P〈0.0001), which could be explained by a different distribution of HER2 mRNA levels in HR-positive and HR-negative tumors. pCR rates were significantly lower in discordant tumors (13.7%) compared to concordant tumors (32.2%, GeparQuattro and GeparQuinto, P〈0.001). In survival analysis, tumors with discordant HER2 testing had a reduced overall survival (OS) in the HR-negative group (P=0.019) and a trend for improved OS in the HR-positive group (P=0.125). The performance of local HER2 testing was considerably improved over time and has reached a 92% concordance, which shows that quality initiatives in diagnostic pathology are working. Tumors with discordant HER2 testing had a reduced therapy response and different survival rates.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 29271415
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    ISSN: 1432-0584
    Keywords: Complement system ; C1 inhibitor ; Bone marrow transplantation ; Capillary leak syndrome
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Abstract Capillary leak syndrome (CLS) is a severe complication after bone marrow transplantation (BMT). To investigate whether there is a pathogenetic role of the complement system, we monitored the levels of the terminal complement complex C5b-9 (TCC) and C3a-desArg as indicators of an activation of the complement system and the inhibitor of the classical pathway of the complement cascade, C1 inhibitor (C1-INH), in 48 bone marrow transplant recipients from 1 week before to 5 weeks after transplantation. Capillary leak syndrome developed in 7 out of 48 patients between days 1 and 12 after BMT. Complement activation as indicated by TCC levels was more pronounced in patients with CLS (n=7) from day −8 to +28 (p〈0.05; day −1) and the elevation of TCC levels lasted longer in CLS patients (peak day 21) than in patients without this complication (peak day 7). Mean C3a-desArg levels were highest in patients with CLS reaching a peak at day 7. During the early posttransplant period a significant elevation of C1-INH levels (p〈0.01 and p〈0.05 respectively) compared with baseline levels (day −8) was found in patients with and without CLS, which was more pronounced in those patients with CLS (p〈0.05). Although we could not observe an absolute C1-INH deficiency as compared to healthy individuals our data support the presence of a relative deficiency of the inhibitor which might explain the reported beneficial effects of C1-INH substitution in BMT related CLS.
    Type of Medium: Electronic Resource
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    ISSN: 1432-0584
    Keywords: Key words Complement system ; C1 inhibitor ; Bone marrow transplantation ; Capillary leak syndrome
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Abstract  Capillary leak syndrome (CLS) is a severe complication after bone marrow transplantation (BMT). To investigate whether there is a pathogenetic role of the complement system, we monitored the levels of the terminal complement complex C5b-9 (TCC) and C3a-desArg as indicators of an activation of the complement system and the inhibitor of the classical pathway of the complement cascade, C1 inhibitor (C1-INH), in 48 bone marrow transplant recipients from 1 week before to 5 weeks after transplantation. Capillary leak syndrome developed in 7 out of 48 patients between days 1 and 12 after BMT. Complement activation as indicated by TCC levels was more pronounced in patients with CLS (n = 7) from day –8 to +28 (p〈0.05; day –1) and the elevation of TCC levels lasted longer in CLS patients (peak day 21) than in patients without this complication (peak day 7). Mean C3a-desArg levels were highest in patients with CLS reaching a peak at day 7. During the early posttransplant period a significant elevation of C1-INH levels (p〈0.01 and p〈0.05 respectively) compared with baseline levels (day –8) was found in patients with and without CLS, which was more pronounced in those patients with CLS (p〈0.05). Although we could not observe an absolute C1-INH deficiency as compared to healthy individuals our data support the presence of a relative deficiency of the inhibitor which might explain the reported beneficial effects of C1-INH substitution in BMT related CLS.
    Type of Medium: Electronic Resource
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