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Soraya Sajadimajd, Razieh Yazdanparast
Trastuzumab (Herceptin) monoclonal antibody directed against HER2 receptor has been administered as a treatment for metastatic HER2 positive breast cancer. The problematic issue in treatment of HER2 positive breast cancer cells is commonly the induction of resistance to trastuzumab which might be due to modulation of some vital signaling elements such as Notch1 and Pin1. In this study, we were aimed to investigate whether the cross talk between pin1 and Notch1 has a role in this event. Our results indicated that the expression level of Pin1 in resistant SKBR3 cells increased by about twofold relative to sensitive SKBR3 cells...
October 21, 2016: Apoptosis: An International Journal on Programmed Cell Death
Yoshikane Nonagase, Kimio Yonesaka, Hisato Kawakami, Satomi Watanabe, Koji Haratani, Takayuki Takahama, Naoki Takegawa, Hiroto Ueda, Junko Tanizaki, Hidetoshi Hayashi, Takeshi Yoshida, Masayuki Takeda, Yasutaka Chiba, Takao Tamura, Kazuhiko Nakagawa, Junji Tsurutani
BACKGROUND: Overexpression of heregulin, a HER3 ligand, is one mechanism that confers resistance to the anti-HER2 agents trastuzumab and lapatinib. We investigated the impact of heregulin expression on the efficacy of HER2-targeted therapeutic agents, including trastuzumab, trastuzumab emtansine (T-DM1) and lapatinib, in vitro and in vivo and evaluated the heregulin messenger RNA (mRNA) levels in specimens from patients with HER2-positive breast or gastric cancer. RESULTS: Cell proliferation and apoptosis assays demonstrated that heregulin conferred robust resistance to lapatinib and trastuzumab via HER3-Akt pathway activation followed by survivin overexpression; however, heregulin conferred minimal or no resistance to T-DM1 and paclitaxel...
October 19, 2016: Oncotarget
Nadia F Nocera, M Catherine Lee, Lucy M De La Cruz, Cinthia Rosemblit, Brian J Czerniecki
The ErbB/B2 (HER-2/neu) oncogene family plays a critical role in the development and metastatic spread of several tumor types including breast, ovarian and gastric cancer. In breast cancer, HER-2/neu is expressed in early disease development in a large percentage of DCIS lesions and its expression is associated with an increased risk of invasion and recurrence. Targeting HER-2 with antibodies such as trastuzumab or pertuzumab has improved survival, but patients with more extensive disease may develop resistance to therapy...
2016: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Hui Yao, Guangchun He, Shichao Yan, Chao Chen, Liujiang Song, Thomas J Rosol, Xiyun Deng
Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC), which accounts for 15-20% of all breast cancers, does not express estrogen receptor (ER) or progesterone receptor (PR) and lacks human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) overexpression or amplification. These tumors have a more aggressive phenotype and a poorer prognosis due to the high propensity for metastatic progression and absence of specific targeted treatments. Patients with TNBC do not benefit from hormonal or trastuzumab-based targeted therapies because of the loss of target receptors...
September 27, 2016: Oncotarget
Tetsushi Nakajima, Tsutomu Sato, Kazuki Kano, Yukio Maezawa, Kenki Segami, Hirohito Fujikawa, Kousuke Ikeda, Takanobu Yamada, Takashi Ogata, Haruhiko Cho, Takaki Yoshikawa
A 63-year-old man with dysphagia was referred to our hospital. He was found to have a type 2 tumor extending from the lower thoracic esophagus to the esophagogastric junction via upper gastrointestinal endoscopy. A biopsy revealed adenocarcinoma with overexpression of the human epidermal growth factor type 2(HER2). The tumor was type I according to Siewert's classification, as the epicenter of the tumor was 27mm to the oral side from the esophago-gastric junction. The clinical diagnosis was T3N1M1, stage IV according to the Japanese Classification of Gastric Carcinoma, and T3N2M0, stage III per the Japanese Classification of Esophageal Cancer...
October 2016: Gan to Kagaku Ryoho. Cancer & Chemotherapy
Tetsushi Kubota, Shinji Kuroda, Toshiaki Morihiro, Hiroshi Tazawa, Shunsuke Kagawa, Toshiyoshi Fujiwara
Trastuzumab(Tmab)is a humanized monoclonalantibody that binds to the human epidermalgrowth factor receptor 2 (HER2). It is clinically used for HER2-positive breast and gastric cancers; however, the use of Tmab is restricted to tumors expressing high levels of HER2(accounting for only 20%of tumors), and Tmab cannot be used for tumors resistant to Tmab. Although novel HER2-targeted agents have been developed to treat Tmab-resistant tumors, none of these have shown clinical efficacy in gastric cancer patients...
October 2016: Gan to Kagaku Ryoho. Cancer & Chemotherapy
Shotaro Shima, Tetsuro Toriumi, Yukihiro Nomura, Hajime Tamura, Minoru Hirano
A 68-year-old woman who presented with a left axillary mass was admitted. A computed tomography scan showed swelling ofthe left axillary and supraclavicular lymph nodes, but magnetic resonance imaging(MRI)and fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography(FDG-PET)did not reveal these primary sites. Histological findings of the axillary mass revealed a HER2-positive adenocarcinoma. We diagnosed the patient with axillary nodal metastasis ofadenocarcinoma ofan unknown primary site and treated her with neoadjuvant chemotherapy including paclitaxel and trastuzumab followed by doxorubicin and cyclophosphamide...
October 2016: Gan to Kagaku Ryoho. Cancer & Chemotherapy
Yoshio Kuga, Shosuke Kitamura, Hideharu Okanobu, Hideto Sakimoto, Toshihiro Nishida
We reported a case of human epidermal growth factor receptor 2(HER2)-positive advanced gastric cancer with multiple liver metastases that responded well to a combination of trastuzumab, capecitabine, and cisplatin(T-XP therapy)as first-line chemotherapy. A 73-year-old man was admitted to our hospital in December 2012 for liver dysfunction. Based on computed tomography(CT)and gastroendoscopy findings, he was diagnosed with advanced gastric cancer with multiple liver metastases. Because HER2 protein overexpression was observed in the primary tumor, he was treated with T-XP therapy...
October 2016: Gan to Kagaku Ryoho. Cancer & Chemotherapy
Nobutoshi Horii, Daisuke Morioka, Kazuya Yamaguchi, Yoshiki Sato
A 64-year-old woman was diagnosed with advanced gastric cancer with solitary liver metastasis. Although the HER2 status of the tumor was IHC2+, no further examination for HER2 status using FISH was performed. Four courses of S-1 and cisplatin chemotherapy were administered. The primary lesion and metastatic lesion were confirmed to have partially regressed. After 4 courses of chemotherapy, an open total gastrectomy, D2 dissection, pancreatosplenectomy, and posterior segmental hepatectomy were performed. Her postoperative course was uneventful...
October 2016: Gan to Kagaku Ryoho. Cancer & Chemotherapy
Martino Deidda, Rosalinda Madonna, Ruggiero Mango, Pasquale Pagliaro, Pier P Bassareo, Lucia Cugusi, Silvio Romano, Maria Penco, Francesco Romeo, Giuseppe Mercuro
Despite advances in supportive and protective therapy for myocardial function, heart failure caused by various clinical conditions, including cardiomyopathy due to antineoplastic therapy, remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality. Because of the limitations associated with current therapies, investigators have been searching for alternative treatments that can effectively repair the damaged heart and permanently restore its function. Damage to the heart can result from both traditional chemotherapeutic agents, such as anthracyclines, and new targeted therapies, such as trastuzumab...
May 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
Ciara M Kelly, Yelena Y Janjigian
Gastric cancer is a biologically heterogeneous tumor. The identification of human epidermal growth factor receptor-2 (HER2) biomarker overexpression in gastric cancer represented a significant step towards unraveling the molecular complexity of this disease. Trastuzumab in combination with chemotherapy, in the first-line setting of patients with metastatic, HER2-positive gastric and gastroesophageal, represents the first targeted therapeutic to demonstrate improvement in response rate and survival in gastric cancer...
October 2016: Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology
Dimitrios Zardavas, Konstantinos Tryfonidis, Theodora Goulioti, Martine Piccart
INTRODUCTION: The potential of molecular targeted therapy to improve the clinical outcomes of patients with early-stage breast cancer (BC) as adjuvant therapy has been first demonstrated through endocrine treatment. The introduction of HER2 blockade, through the successful clinical development of trastuzumab, changed the natural history of HER2-positive BC subtype. AREAS COVERED: There are ongoing efforts to augment further the use of targeted agents as adjuvant treatment in BC, hoping that early introduction of targeted therapy blocking key oncogenic drivers of micro-residual disease, will significantly improve clinical outcomes...
October 14, 2016: Expert Review of Anticancer Therapy
F Du, P Yuan, Z T Zhao, Z Yang, T Wang, J D Zhao, Y Luo, F Ma, J Y Wang, Y Fan, R G Cai, P Zhang, Q Li, Y M Song, B H Xu
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October 14, 2016: Scientific Reports
Tosol Yu, Bong Jun Cho, Eun Jung Choi, Ji Min Park, Dan Hyo Kim, In Ah Kim
Trastuzumab has been widely used for the treatment of human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-overexpressing breast cancer, however, it cannot easily cross the blood-brain barrier (BBB) and is known to increase the incidence of brain metastases. In contrast, lapatinib has a low molecular weight and can cross the BBB and it could be useful to treat brain metastases in patients with HER2-positive breast cancer.To explore the impact of lapatinib on radiation response, we conducted an in vitro experiment using SKBR3 and BT474 breast carcinoma cells exhibiting HER2/neu amplification...
October 12, 2016: Oncotarget
Ling Mao, Ai-Jun Sun, Jian-Zhong Wu, Jin-Hai Tang
The prognostic value of HER2 has been demonstrated in many human cancer types such us breast cancer, gastric cancer and ovarian cancer. Trastuzumab is the first anti-HER2 monoclonal antibody that has remarkably improved outcomes of patients with HER2-positive breast cancer. For HER2-positive metastatic gastric cancers, the addition of trastuzumab to traditional chemotherapy also significantly prolonged overall survival. However, intrinsic and acquired resistance to trastuzumab is common and results in disease progression...
October 12, 2016: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
Linda K S Leung, Kevin Mok, Calvin Liu, Stephen L Chan
Many biologic products have improved the outcomes of cancer patients, but the costs can substantially burden healthcare systems. Biosimilar products can potentially reduce drug costs and increase patient access to beneficial treatments. Approval of a biosimilar product relies on the demonstration of "comparability" or "no clinically meaningful differences" as compared to its reference biologic product. Biosimilar products for erythropoietin, granulocyte colony-stimulating factor, trastuzumab, and rituximab are already available, and the regulatory processes in various countries are constantly evolving...
October 13, 2016: Chinese Journal of Cancer
August Cesarec, Robert Likić
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women and has considerable impact on healthcare budgets and patients' quality of life. Trastuzumab (Herceptin(®)) is a monoclonal antibody directed against the human epidermal growth factor receptor (HER2) for the treatment of breast cancer. Several trastuzumab biosimilars are currently in development. In 2015, trastuzumab was the drug with the highest financial consumption among all drugs in Croatia. This model estimates the 1-year budget impact of the introduction of biosimilar trastuzumab in Croatia...
October 11, 2016: Applied Health Economics and Health Policy
Huiping Shi, Weili Zhang, Qiaoming Zhi, Min Jiang
In the era of new and mostly effective molecular targeted therapies, human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 positive (HER2+) cancers are still intractable diseases. Lapatinib, a dual epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) and HER2 tyrosine kinase inhibitor, has greatly improved breast cancer prognosis in recent years after the initial introduction of trastuzumab (Herceptin). However, clinical evidence indicates the existence of both primary unresponsiveness and secondary lapatinib resistance, which leads to the failure of this agent in HER2+ cancer patients...
October 10, 2016: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
R P Abratt
The drug cost of adjuvant trastuzumab to benefit one patient with localised human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-positive breast cancer depends on the baseline survival rate (BLSR) of the prognostic group of the patient. This varies from ZAR13 752 900 (BLSR 90%) to ZAR4 006 100 (BLSR 60%). All treated patients are exposed to potential toxicity. The value and affordability of treatments need to be considered, as there are finite resources available in our healthcare system. All patients must have access to cost-effective treatments...
September 23, 2016: South African Medical Journal, Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Geneeskunde
Ping Zhong, Jian Zhang, Chao Deng, Ru Cheng, Fenghua Meng, Zhiyuan Zhong
Low tolerability and tumor selectivity restricts many potent anticancer drugs including mertansine from wide clinical use. Here, glutathione-activatable hyaluronic acid-SS-mertansine prodrug (HA-SS-DM1) was designed and developed to achieve enhanced tolerability and targeted therapy of CD44+ human breast tumor xenografts. DM1 was readily conjugated to HA using 2-(2-pyridyldithio)-ethylamine as a linker. Notably, HA-SS-DM1 with a high DM1 content of 20 wt.% had a mean size of ~170 nm at concentrations above 0...
October 10, 2016: Biomacromolecules
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