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J Natl Cancer Inst. 2014 Jan;106(1):djt338. doi: 10.1093/jnci/djt338. Epub 2013 Dec 7.

Novel germline mutation in the transmembrane domain of HER2 in familial lung adenocarcinomas.

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Affiliations of authors: Department of Thoracic, Breast and Endocrinological Surgery (HY, KS, JS, MF, SH, KT, SM, ST), Department of Clinical Genomic Medicine (KS, ST), Department of Cell Biology (MS), Department of Pathology (KI), and Department of Hematology, Oncology and Respiratory Medicine (KK), Okayama University Graduate School of Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Okayama, Japan; Center for Genomic Medicine, Kyoto University School of Medicine, Kyoto, Japan (KH, FM); Department of General Internal Medicine 4, Kawasaki Medical School, Okayama, Japan (NT); Department of Preventive Medicine, Kyushu University Faculty of Medical Sciences, Fukuoka, Japan (KM).


We encountered a family of Japanese descent in which multiple members developed lung cancer. Using whole-exome sequencing, we identified a novel germline mutation in the transmembrane domain of the human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) gene (G660D). A novel somatic mutation (V659E) was also detected in the transmembrane domain of HER2 in one of 253 sporadic lung adenocarcinomas. Because the transmembrane domain of HER2 is considered to be responsible for the dimerization and subsequent activation of the HER family and downstream signaling pathways, we performed functional analyses of these HER2 mutants. Mutant HER2 G660D and V659E proteins were more stable than wild-type protein. Both the G660D and V659E mutants activated Akt. In addition, they activated p38, which is thought to promote cell proliferation in lung adenocarcinoma. Our findings strongly suggest that mutations in the transmembrane domain of HER2 may be oncogenic, causing hereditary and sporadic lung adenocarcinomas.

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