Analysis of tumor specimens at the time of acquired resistance to EGFR-TKI therapy in 155 patients with EGFR-mutant lung cancers Journal Article


Authors: Yu, H. A.; Arcila, M. E.; Rekhtman, N.; Sima, C. S.; Zakowski, M. F.; Pao, W.; Kris, M. G.; Miller, V. A.; Ladanyi, M.; Riely, G. J.
Article Title: Analysis of tumor specimens at the time of acquired resistance to EGFR-TKI therapy in 155 patients with EGFR-mutant lung cancers
Abstract: Purpose: All patients with EGF receptor (EGFR)-mutant lung cancers eventually develop acquired resistance to EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKI). Smaller series have identified various mechanisms of resistance, but systematic evaluation of a large number of patients to definitively establish the frequency of various mechanisms has not been conducted. Experimental Design: Patients with lung adenocarcinomas and acquired resistance to erlotinib or gefitinib enrolled onto a prospective biopsy protocol and underwent a rebiopsy after the development of acquired resistance. Histology was reviewed. Samples underwent genotyping for mutations in EGFR, AKT1, BRAF, ERBB2, KRAS, MEK1, NRAS and PIK3CA, and FISH for MET and HER2. Results: Adequate tumor samples for molecular analysis were obtained in 155 patients. Ninety-eight had second-site EGFR T790M mutations [63%; 95% confidence interval (CI), 55%-70%] and four had small cell transformation (3%, 95% CI, 0%-6%). MET amplification was seen in 4 of 75 (5%; 95% CI, 1%-13%). HER2 amplification was seen in 3 of 24 (13%; 95% CI, 3%-32%). We did not detect any acquired mutations in PIK3CA, AKT1, BRAF, ERBB2, KRAS, MEK1, or NRAS (0 of 88, 0%; 95% CI, 0%-4%). Overlap among mechanisms of acquired resistance was seen in 4%. Conclusions: This is the largest series reporting mechanisms of acquired resistance to EGFR-TKI therapy. We identified EGFR T790M as the most common mechanism of acquired resistance, whereas MET amplification, HER2 amplification, and small cell histologic transformation occur less frequently. More comprehensive methods to characterize molecular alterations in this setting are needed to improve our understanding of acquired resistance to EGFR-TKIs. ©2013 AACR.
Keywords: immunohistochemistry; adult; cancer survival; controlled study; human tissue; aged; aged, 80 and over; middle aged; survival rate; unclassified drug; gene mutation; major clinical study; overall survival; mutation; histopathology; cancer localization; erlotinib; prospective study; adenocarcinoma; ki-67 antigen; in situ hybridization, fluorescence; mitogen activated protein kinase kinase 1; lung neoplasms; epidermal growth factor receptor 2; genotype; receptor, epidermal growth factor; drug resistance, neoplasm; mutational analysis; biopsy; cancer resistance; protein kinase inhibitors; lung adenocarcinoma; fluorescence in situ hybridization; cell transformation; gefitinib; lung; receptor, erbb-2; dna mutational analysis; k ras protein; quinazolines; lung biopsy; phosphotransferase; protein determination; b raf kinase; epidermal growth factor receptor kinase inhibitor; scatter factor receptor; proto-oncogene proteins c-met; kaplan-meier estimate; antigens, cd56; protein akt1; protein nras
Journal Title: Clinical Cancer Research
Volume: 19
Issue: 8
ISSN: 1078-0432
Publisher: American Association for Cancer Research  
Date Published: 2013-04-15
Start Page: 2240
End Page: 2247
Language: English
DOI: 10.1158/1078-0432.ccr-12-2246
PROVIDER: scopus
PMCID: PMC3630270
PUBMED: 23470965
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Notes: --- - "Export Date: 3 June 2013" - "CODEN: CCREF" - "Source: Scopus"
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MSK Authors
  1. Camelia S Sima
    204 Sima
  2. Natasha Rekhtman
    210 Rekhtman
  3. Helena Alexandra Yu
    88 Yu
  4. Vincent Miller
    262 Miller
  5. Marc Ladanyi
    864 Ladanyi
  6. Gregory J Riely
    344 Riely
  7. Maureen F Zakowski
    275 Zakowski
  8. Maria Eugenia Arcila
    336 Arcila
  9. Mark Kris
    598 Kris