Lapatinib is an oral dual tyrosine kinase inhibitor that targets epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) and human epidermal growth factor receptor-2 (HER2), both frequently overexpressed in human cancer. Preclinical data have shown that lapatinib is a potent and selective inhibitor of the tyrosine kinase domain of EGFR and HER2, and tumor cells that overexpress these receptors are growth inhibited by lapatinib both in vitro and in vivo. Phase I clinical trials have shown that lapatinib is well tolerated, with mild diarrhea and rash the most frequent toxicities, and early evidence of clinical efficacy has been reported especially in HER2-positive breast cancer. Phase II studies have shown activity for lapatinib in trastuzumab-refractory breast cancer either alone or in combination with trastuzumab. When used as first-line monotherapy for advanced breast cancer, objective tumor responses have been seen in 28% of patients with untreated HER2-positive advanced breast cancer. An extensive phase III program in advanced breast cancer is now in progress both for refractory disease and as first-line therapy in combination with chemotherapy with and without trastuzumab, and with endocrine therapy. Phase II studies have also been conducted in a variety of other tumors, including renal cell cancer. Parallel biomarker studies are starting to elucidate predictive molecular phenotypes that may indicate likelihood of response to lapatinib, and these may direct future trials with this oral tyrosine kinase inhibitor.
"In addition to Trastuzumab, other therapeutic strategies have been developed to target HER-2 protein, such as tyrosine kinase inhibitor Lapatinib, which showed improved efficacy after failure of Trastuzumab therapy . HER-2 status of breast cancer is routinely assessed by either IHC analysis of HER-2 protein or fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) analysis of gene copy number in primary tumor tissues. "
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers with greater than 1,300,000 cases and 450,000 deaths each year worldwide. The development of breast cancer involves a progression through intermediate stages until the invasive carcinoma and finally into metastatic disease. Given the variability in clinical progression, the identification of markers that could predict the tumor behavior is particularly important in breast cancer. The determination of tumor markers is a useful tool for clinical management in cancer patients, assisting in diagnostic, staging, evaluation of therapeutic response, detection of recurrence and metastasis, and development of new treatment modalities. In this context, this review aims to discuss the main tumor markers in breast carcinogenesis. The most well-established breast molecular markers with prognostic and/or therapeutic value like hormone receptors, HER-2 oncogene, Ki-67, and p53 proteins, and the genes for hereditary breast cancer will be presented. Furthermore, this review shows the new molecular targets in breast cancer: CXCR4, caveolin, miRNA, and FOXP3, as promising candidates for future development of effective and targeted therapies, also with lower toxicity.
"HER2 over-expression or amplification occurs in approximately 20% of all breast cancer patients and is associated with aggressive growth, short survival and poor prognosis [1-3]. HER2 positivity correlates with the clinical outcome of treatment with anti-HER2 agents such as trastuzumab (Herceptin, Genentech, South San Francisco, CA, USA) and lapatinib (Tykerb, GSK, Philadelphia, PA, USA) [4-7]. Therefore, HER2 is considered to be a vital prognostic and predictive factor, and treatment of HER2-positive patients remains one of the great therapeutic challenges in metastatic breast cancer (MBC). "
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This study was initiated to investigate the prognostic significance of circulating tumor cell (CTC) enumeration and the predictive value of CTC HER2 expression for efficient anti-HER2 therapy in HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer (MBC) patients.
Sixty HER2-positive MBC patients were enrolled in the present study. Before the initiation of systemic treatment, CTCs from 7.5 ml of blood were analyzed using the CellSearch system. The progression-free survival (PFS) of the patients was estimated using Kaplan-Meier survival curves.
CTCs were detected in 45% (27/60) of the patients, who had shorter median PFS than those without CTCs (2.5 vs. 7.5 months, P = 0.0125). Furthermore, referring to the standard HER2 testing that uses immunohistochemistry (IHC), we proposed a CTC HER2-positive criterion, defined as >30% of CTCs over-expressing HER2. Among patients undergoing anti-HER2 therapy, those with HER2-positive CTCs had longer PFS (8.8 vs. 2.5 months, P = 0.002). Among patients with HER2-positive CTCs, the median PFS for those receiving anti-HER2 therapy was significantly longer than those who were not (8.8 vs. 1.5 months, P = 0.001). Notably, up to 52% (14/27) of the HER2-positive patients were CTC HER2-negative, and anti-HER2 therapy did not significantly improve the median PFS in these patients (2.5 vs. 0.9 months, P = 0.499).
Our findings underscore the necessity of a comprehensive CTC analysis, which may provide valuable prognostic and predictive information for optimizing individually tailored therapies in HER2-positive MBC patients. To test this idea, additional large cohort, multi-center and prospective clinical trials are needed.
BMC Cancer 04/2013; 13(1):202. DOI:10.1186/1471-2407-13-202 · 3.36 Impact Factor
"Because of their efficacy in other solid tumors and the integral role of growth factors in HCC development and progression, it was hypothesized that agents specifically targeting EGF/EGFR signaling may also be beneficial in HCC. These agents include the tyrosine kinase inhibitors Erotinib 200, 201, Lapatinib (GW572016) 202, 203 and Gefitinib ((ZD1839) Iressa; Astrazeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, Wilmington DE, USA) 204-207, and the monoclonal antibody Cetuximab ((IMC-C255) Erbitux; ImClone LLC, New York, NY, and Bristol-Myers Squibb, Princeton, NJ, USA) 208, 209. "
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The cancer stem cell (CSC) hypothesis was first proposed over 40 years ago. Advances in CSC isolation were first achieved in hematological malignancies, with the first CSC demonstrated in acute myeloid leukemia. However, using similar strategies and technologies, and taking advantage of available surface markers, CSCs have been more recently demonstrated in a growing range of epithelial and other solid organ malignancies, suggesting that the majority of malignancies are dependent on such a compartment.
Primary liver cancer consists predominantly of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (ICC). It is believed that hepatic progenitor cells (HPCs) could be the origin of some HCCs and ICCs. Furthermore, stem cell activators such as Wnt/β-catenin, TGF-β, Notch and Hedgehog signaling pathways also expedite tumorigenesis, and these pathways could serve as molecular targets to assist in designing cancer prevention strategies. Recent studies indicate that additional factors such as EpCAM, Lin28 or miR-181 may also contribute to HCC progression by targeting HCC CSCs. Various therapeutic drugs that directly modulate CSCs have been examined in vivo and in vitro. However, CSCs clearly have a complex pathogenesis, with a considerable crosstalk and redundancy in signaling pathways, and hence targeting single molecules or pathways may have a limited benefit for treatment. Many of the key signaling molecules are shared by both CSCs and normal stem cells, which add further challenges for designing molecularly targeted strategies specific to CSCs but sparing normal stem cells to avoid side effects. In addition to the direct control of CSCs, many other factors that are needed for the maintenance of CSCs, such as angiogenesis, vasculogenesis, invasion and migration, hypoxia, immune evasion, multiple drug resistance, and radioresistance, should be taken into consideration when designing therapeutic strategies for HCC.
Here we provide a brief review of molecular signaling in liver CSCs and present insights into new therapeutic strategies for targeting liver CSCs.
International journal of biological sciences 04/2011; 7(5):517-35. DOI:10.7150/ijbs.7.517 · 4.51 Impact Factor
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