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Clin Cancer Res. 2012 Jun 15;18(12):3478-86. doi: 10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-11-2294. Epub 2012 Apr 13.

Analysis of Fcγ receptor IIIa and IIa polymorphisms: lack of correlation with outcome in trastuzumab-treated breast cancer patients.

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University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA.



The mechanisms by which trastuzumab imparts clinical benefit remain incompletely understood. Antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity via interactions with Fcγ receptors (FcγR) on leukocytes may contribute to its antitumor effects. Single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) in FCGR3A and FCGR2A genes lead to amino acid substitutions at positions 158 and 131, respectively, and affect binding of antibodies to FcγR such that 158V/V and 131H/H bind with highest affinity. This study aimed to determine whether high-affinity SNPs are associated with disease-free survival (DFS) among patients with HER2-positive nonmetastatic breast cancer.


Genomic DNA was isolated from 1,286 patients enrolled in a trial of adjuvant trastuzumab-based chemotherapy. Genotyping was conducted using Sanger sequencing and Sequenom mass spectrometry.


Patient samples (N = 1,189) were successfully genotyped for FCGR3A and 1,218 for FCGR2A. Compared with the overall results of the BCIRG006 study, in the subset of patients genotyped in this analysis, a less robust improvement in DFS was observed for the trastuzumab arms than control arm (HR, 0.842; P = 0.1925). When stratified for prognostic features, the HR in favor of trastuzumab was consistent with that of the overall study (HR, 0.74; P = 0.036). No correlation between DFS and FCGR3A/2A genotypes was seen for trastuzumab-treated patients (158V/V vs. V/F vs. F/F, P = 0.98; 131H/H vs. H/R vs. R/R, P = 0.76; 158V/V and/or 131H/H vs. others, P = 0.67).


This analysis evaluating the association between FCGR3A/2A genotypes and trastuzumab efficacy in HER2-positive breast cancer did not show a correlation between FCGR3A-V/F and FCGR2A-H/R SNPs and DFS in patients treated with trastuzumab.

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