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7, No. 6, 2012
Issue release date: December 2012
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Breast Care 2012;7:465–470
(DOI:10.1159/000345467)

HER2/neu, Topoisomerase 2a, Estrogen and Progesterone Receptors: Discordance between Primary Breast Cancer and Metastatic Axillary Lymph Node in Expression and Amplification Characteristics

Ataseven B.a · Gologan D.a · Gunesch A.a · Kehl V.b · Hoegel B.c · Beer M.c · Eiermann W.a
aRotkreuzklinikum-Frauenklinik München, bInstitut für medizinische Statistik und Epidemiologie, Technische Universität München, cPathologie München, Germany
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Abstract

Molecular classification of breast cancer (BC) and the evaluation of new biological markers such as estrogen receptor (ER), progesterone receptor (PR), ErbB2 (HER2) and topoisomerase 2a (Topo2a) status are claimed to be important parameters in the management of BC therapy. In case of heterogeneity between primary BC and metastatic site, this implies profound limitations of efficient systemic therapy. Therefore, it is essential to analyze whether biological markers of BC relate to identical expression profiles of metastatic lymph nodes (mLNs). We used paraffin-embedded tumor tissue from 119 patients with at least 1 mLN. Immunohistochemistry (IHC) was used to analyze ER, PR, HER2 and Topo2a. In addition, HER2 and Topo2a amplification was evaluated by fluorescence/chromogenic in situ hybridization (FISH/CISH) in all samples with a HER2 score of 2+/3+ by IHC. Overall, the percentage of discordant marker status in the BC and its mLN was 2.6% for ER, 3.5% for PR, 3.4% for HER2, and 3.4% for Topo2a. With FISH/CISH, the amplification rate for Topo2a and HER2 was concordant in all cases. Because there are no prospective studies, it remains unclear whether these discrepancies have an effect on patient survival.


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  • Breast Cancer
  • Metastasis
  • Hormone receptor
  • HER2/neu
  • Topoisomerase 2a

 goto top of outline Summary

Molecular classification of breast cancer (BC) and the evaluation of new biological markers such as estrogen receptor (ER), progesterone receptor (PR), ErbB2 (HER2) and topoisomerase 2a (Topo2a) status are claimed to be important parameters in the management of BC therapy. In case of heterogeneity between primary BC and metastatic site, this implies profound limitations of efficient systemic therapy. Therefore, it is essential to analyze whether biological markers of BC relate to identical expression profiles of metastatic lymph nodes (mLNs). We used paraffin-embedded tumor tissue from 119 patients with at least 1 mLN. Immunohistochemistry (IHC) was used to analyze ER, PR, HER2 and Topo2a. In addition, HER2 and Topo2a amplification was evaluated by fluorescence/chromogenic in situ hybridization (FISH/CISH) in all samples with a HER2 score of 2+/3+ by IHC. Overall, the percentage of discordant marker status in the BC and its mLN was 2.6% for ER, 3.5% for PR, 3.4% for HER2, and 3.4% for Topo2a. With FISH/CISH, the amplification rate for Topo2a and HER2 was concordant in all cases. Because there are no prospective studies, it remains unclear whether these discrepancies have an effect on patient survival.


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Dr. med. Beyhan Ataseven
Frauenklinik, Rotkreuzklinikum München gGmbH
Lehrkrankenhaus der Technischen Universität München
Taxisstr. 3, 80637 München, Germany
beyhan.ataseven@swmbrk.de


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Published online: December 14, 2012
Number of Print Pages : 6


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Breast Care (Multidisciplinary Journal for Research, Diagnosis and Therapy)

Vol. 7, No. 6, Year 2012 (Cover Date: December 2012)

Journal Editor: Harbeck N. (München), Thomssen C. (Halle/Saale), Gnant M. (Wien)
ISSN: 1661-3791 (Print), eISSN: 1661-3805 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/BRC


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Abstract

Molecular classification of breast cancer (BC) and the evaluation of new biological markers such as estrogen receptor (ER), progesterone receptor (PR), ErbB2 (HER2) and topoisomerase 2a (Topo2a) status are claimed to be important parameters in the management of BC therapy. In case of heterogeneity between primary BC and metastatic site, this implies profound limitations of efficient systemic therapy. Therefore, it is essential to analyze whether biological markers of BC relate to identical expression profiles of metastatic lymph nodes (mLNs). We used paraffin-embedded tumor tissue from 119 patients with at least 1 mLN. Immunohistochemistry (IHC) was used to analyze ER, PR, HER2 and Topo2a. In addition, HER2 and Topo2a amplification was evaluated by fluorescence/chromogenic in situ hybridization (FISH/CISH) in all samples with a HER2 score of 2+/3+ by IHC. Overall, the percentage of discordant marker status in the BC and its mLN was 2.6% for ER, 3.5% for PR, 3.4% for HER2, and 3.4% for Topo2a. With FISH/CISH, the amplification rate for Topo2a and HER2 was concordant in all cases. Because there are no prospective studies, it remains unclear whether these discrepancies have an effect on patient survival.



 goto top of outline Author Contacts

Dr. med. Beyhan Ataseven
Frauenklinik, Rotkreuzklinikum München gGmbH
Lehrkrankenhaus der Technischen Universität München
Taxisstr. 3, 80637 München, Germany
beyhan.ataseven@swmbrk.de


 goto top of outline Article Information

Published online: December 14, 2012
Number of Print Pages : 6


 goto top of outline Publication Details

Breast Care (Multidisciplinary Journal for Research, Diagnosis and Therapy)

Vol. 7, No. 6, Year 2012 (Cover Date: December 2012)

Journal Editor: Harbeck N. (München), Thomssen C. (Halle/Saale), Gnant M. (Wien)
ISSN: 1661-3791 (Print), eISSN: 1661-3805 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/BRC


Copyright / Drug Dosage

Copyright: All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be translated into other languages, reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, microcopying, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher or, in the case of photocopying, direct payment of a specified fee to the Copyright Clearance Center.
Drug Dosage: The authors and the publisher have exerted every effort to ensure that drug selection and dosage set forth in this text are in accord with current recommendations and practice at the time of publication. However, in view of ongoing research, changes in goverment regulations, and the constant flow of information relating to drug therapy and drug reactions, the reader is urged to check the package insert for each drug for any changes in indications and dosage and for added warnings and precautions. This is particularly important when the recommended agent is a new and/or infrequently employed drug.
Disclaimer: The statements, opinions and data contained in this publication are solely those of the individual authors and contributors and not of the publishers and the editor(s). The appearance of advertisements or/and product references in the publication is not a warranty, endorsement, or approval of the products or services advertised or of their effectiveness, quality or safety. The publisher and the editor(s) disclaim responsibility for any injury to persons or property resulting from any ideas, methods, instructions or products referred to in the content or advertisements.