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Ref Type Journal Article
PMID (22586653)
Authors Bertotti A, Migliardi G, Galimi F, Sassi F, Torti D, Isella C, Corà D, Di Nicolantonio F, Buscarino M, Petti C, Ribero D, Russolillo N, Muratore A, Massucco P, Pisacane A, Molinaro L, Valtorta E, Sartore-Bianchi A, Risio M, Capussotti L, Gambacorta M, Siena S, Medico E, Sapino A, Marsoni S, Comoglio PM, Bardelli A, Trusolino L
Title A molecularly annotated platform of patient-derived xenografts ("xenopatients") identifies HER2 as an effective therapeutic target in cetuximab-resistant colorectal cancer.
Journal Cancer discovery
Vol 1
Issue 6
Date 2011 Nov
Abstract Text Only a fraction of patients with metastatic colorectal cancer receive clinical benefit from therapy with anti-epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) antibodies, which calls for the identification of novel biomarkers for better personalized medicine. We produced large xenograft cohorts from 85 patient-derived, genetically characterized metastatic colorectal cancer samples ("xenopatients") to discover novel determinants of therapeutic response and new oncoprotein targets. Serially passaged tumors retained the morphologic and genomic features of their original counterparts. A validation trial confirmed the robustness of this approach: xenopatients responded to the anti-EGFR antibody cetuximab with rates and extents analogous to those observed in the clinic and could be prospectively stratified as responders or nonresponders on the basis of several predictive biomarkers. Genotype-response correlations indicated HER2 amplification specifically in a subset of cetuximab-resistant, KRAS/NRAS/BRAF/PIK3CA wild-type cases. Importantly, HER2 amplification was also enriched in clinically nonresponsive KRAS wild-type patients. A proof-of-concept, multiarm study in HER2-amplified xenopatients revealed that the combined inhibition of HER2 and EGFR induced overt, long-lasting tumor regression. Our results suggest promising therapeutic opportunities in cetuximab-resistant patients with metastatic colorectal cancer, whose medical treatment in the chemorefractory setting remains an unmet clinical need.Direct transfer xenografts of tumor surgical specimens conserve the interindividual diversity and the genetic heterogeneity typical of the tumors of origin, combining the flexibility of preclinical analysis with the informative value of population-based studies. Our suite of patient-derived xenografts from metastatic colorectal carcinomas reliably mimicked disease response in humans, prospectively recapitulated biomarker-based case stratification, and identified HER2 as a predictor of resistance to anti-epidermal growth factor receptor antibodies and of response to combination therapies against HER2 and epidermal growth factor receptor in this tumor setting.


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Molecular Profile Treatment Approach
Gene Name Source Synonyms Protein Domains Gene Description Gene Role
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Molecular Profile Indication/Tumor Type Response Type Therapy Name Approval Status Evidence Type Efficacy Evidence References
ERBB2 amp colorectal cancer sensitive Cetuximab + Lapatinib Preclinical - Pdx Actionable In a preclinical study, the combination of Erbitux (cetuximab) and Tykerb (lapatinib) induced tumor regression in patient-derived xenograft (PDX) models of colorectal cancer with ERBB2 (HER2) amplification (PMID: 22586653). 22586653
ERBB2 amp colorectal cancer no benefit Pertuzumab Preclinical - Pdx Actionable In a preclinical study, Perjeta (pertuzumab) did not inhibit tumor growth in patient-derived xenograft (PDX) models of ERBB2 (HER2)-amplified colorectal cancer (PMID: 22586653). 22586653
ERBB2 amp colorectal cancer sensitive Lapatinib + Pertuzumab Preclinical - Pdx Actionable In a preclinical study, the combination of Perjeta (pertuzumab) and Tykerb (lapatinib) induced tumor regression in patient-derived xenograft (PDX) models of colorectal cancer with ERBB2 (HER2) amplification (PMID: 22586653). 22586653