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Pathol Int. 2012 Aug;62(8):513-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1827.2012.02843.x.

Comparison of HER2 immunohistochemical results using a monoclonal antibody (SV2-61γ) and a polyclonal antibody (for Dako HercepTest) in advanced gastric cancer.

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Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Yamagata Prefectural Central Hospital, Yamagata, Japan.


We compared a monoclonal antibody (SV2-61γ) and a polyclonal antibody (Dako HercepTest) in immunohistochemical assessments of human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) expression in 73 samples of advanced gastric cancer. Results were scored as 0 to 3+, and equivocal or discordant (SV2-61γ/Dako HercepTest = 0/2+, 0/3+, 1+/3+ or 2+/3+) cases were subjected to fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) analysis. The frequencies of HER2 scores of 2+ or 3+ were 15.1% (11/73) using SV2-61γ and 38.4% (28/73) using Dako HercepTest. All of the equivocal or discordant cases with a HER2 score of 3+ using Dako HercepTest exhibited amplification of the HER2 gene regardless of the HER2 score determined with SV2-61γ. The results of the HER2 tests differed according to the antibodies used for immunohistochemistry that preceded FISH analysis, being 15.1% (11/73) using SV2-61γ and 23.3% (17/73) using Dako HercepTest. Thus, therapeutic decisions might be markedly influenced by the selection of antibody used in the HER2 test.

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