Epidermal growth factor receptor and HER-2/neu status by immunohistochemistry and fluorescence in situ hybridization in adenocarcinomas of the biliary tree and gallbladder

Department of Pathology, University of California, San Francisco, CA 94121, USA.
Human pathology (Impact Factor: 2.77). 04/2010; 41(4):485-92. DOI: 10.1016/j.humpath.2009.10.002
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Adenocarcinomas of the biliary tract and gallbladder are aggressive tumors with a poor prognosis. Standard chemotherapy often offers minimal benefit. Because epidermal growth factor receptor and HER-2/neu antagonists have been successfully used in adenocarcinomas from other sites, their use in cholangiocarcinoma can be potentially beneficial. This study examines the epidermal growth factor receptor and HER-2/neu expression and the epidermal growth factor receptor gene copy number in biliary tract adenocarcinomas. Fifty-one formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded cases of adenocarcinomas (26 intrahepatic, 19 extrahepatic, 6 gallbladder) were stained with monoclonal antibodies against epidermal growth factor receptor and HER-2/neu. Fluorescence in situ hybridization analysis was performed in 37 cases using probes directed against epidermal growth factor receptor and centromeric region of chromosome 7. Epidermal growth factor receptor expression was present in 41 (80%) cases, with moderate or strong epidermal growth factor receptor staining in 30 (59%) cases. HER-2/neu was positive in 2 (4%) cases. Fluorescence in situ hybridization analysis showed gain in epidermal growth factor receptor gene copy number in 17 (46%) tumors. Of the latter, 1 showed gene amplification, whereas all others showed gain in chromosome 7, indicating balanced polysomy. Epidermal growth factor receptor overexpression by immunohistochemistry correlated significantly with epidermal growth factor receptor copy number by fluorescence in situ hybridization (P = .02). HER2/neu expression is uncommon in these tumors.

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    • "The goal of this study was to assess a large series of intrahepatic, perihilar and extrahepatic cholangiocarcinomas for FGFR2 translocations and clinicopathologic correlates using a fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) assay that could be routinely performed in a clinical laboratory. We also undertook investigation of these tumors for ROS1 translocations and ERBB2 (HER2) amplification since the tyrosine kinases encoded by these genes have also been reported in cholangiocarcinoma [7] [8] "
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    • "A better understanding of the chromosome 17 abnormalities will help to select patients who may respond well to some therapies. The examination of HER2 expression and copy number amplification (17q21.1) is widely utilized for predicting therapeutic response for trastuzumab (Herceptin) not only in breast cancer, but also in malignancies of the gastrointestinal tract [2–5]. "
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