A high frequency of activating extracellular domain ERBB2 (HER2) mutation in micropapillary urothelial carcinoma.


Journal Article

PURPOSE: Micropapillary urothelial carcinoma (MPUC) is a rare and aggressive form of bladder cancer. We conducted genomic analyses [next-generation sequencing (NGS)] of MPUC and non-micropapillary urothelial bladder carcinomas (non-MPUC) to characterize the genomic landscape and identify targeted treatment options. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: DNA was extracted from 40 μm of formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded sections from 15 MPUC and 64 non-MPUC tumors. Sequencing (NGS) was performed on hybridization-captured, adaptor ligation-based libraries to high coverage for 3,230 exons of 182 cancer-related genes plus 37 introns from 14 genes frequently rearranged in cancer. The results were evaluated for all classes of genomic alteration. RESULTS: Mutations in the extracellular domain of ERBB2 were identified in 6 of 15 (40%) of MPUC: S310F (four cases), S310Y (one case), and R157W (one case). All six cases of MPUC with ERBB2 mutation were negative for ERBB2 amplification and Erbb2 overexpression. In contrast, 6 of 64 (9.4%) non-MPUC harbored an ERBB2 alteration, including base substitution (three cases), amplification (two cases), and gene fusion (one case), which is higher than the 2 of 159 (1.3%) protein-changing ERBB2 mutations reported for urinary tract cancer in COSMIC. The enrichment of ERBB2 alterations in MPUC compared with non-MPUC is significant both between this series (P < 0.0084) and for all types of urinary tract cancer in COSMIC (P < 0.001). CONCLUSIONS: NGS of MPUC revealed a high incidence of mutation in the extracellular domain of ERBB2, a gene for which there are five approved targeted therapies. NGS can identify genomic alteration, which inform treatment options for the majority of MPUC patients.

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Cited Authors

  • Ross, JS; Wang, K; Gay, LM; Al-Rohil, RN; Nazeer, T; Sheehan, CE; Jennings, TA; Otto, GA; Donahue, A; He, J; Palmer, G; Ali, S; Nahas, M; Young, G; Labrecque, E; Frampton, G; Erlich, R; Curran, JA; Brennan, K; Downing, SR; Yelensky, R; Lipson, D; Hawryluk, M; Miller, VA; Stephens, PJ

Published Date

  • January 1, 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 20 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 68 - 75

PubMed ID

  • 24192927

Pubmed Central ID

  • 24192927

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1078-0432

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-13-1992


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States