Author(s): Kosaka T, Yatabe Y, Endoh H, Yoshida K, Hida T,
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Abstract PURPOSE: Non-small cell lung cancers carrying activating mutations in the gene for the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) are highly sensitive to EGFR-specific tyrosine kinase inhibitors. However, most patients who initially respond subsequently experience disease progression while still on treatment. Part of this "acquired resistance" is attributable to a secondary mutation resulting in threonine to methionine at codon 790 (T790M) of EGFR. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: We sequenced exons 18 to 21 of the EGFR gene to look for secondary mutations in tumors with acquired resistance to gefitinib in 14 patients with adenocarcinomas. Subcloning or cycleave PCR was used in addition to normal sequencing to increase the sensitivity of the assay. We also looked for T790M in pretreatment samples from 52 patients who were treated with gefitinib. We also looked for secondary KRAS gene mutations because tumors with KRAS mutations are generally resistant to tyrosine kinase inhibitors. RESULTS: Seven of 14 tumors had a secondary T790M mutation. There were no other novel secondary mutations. We detected no T790M mutations in pretreatment specimens from available five tumors among these seven tumors. Patients with T790M tended to be women, never smokers, and carrying deletion mutations, but the T790M was not associated with the duration of gefitinib administration. None of the tumors had an acquired mutation in the KRAS gene. CONCLUSIONS: A secondary T790M mutation of EGFR accounted for half the tumors with acquired resistance to gefitinib in Japanese patients. Other drug-resistant secondary mutations are uncommon in the EGFR gene.
This article was published in Clin Cancer Res
and referenced in Journal of Proteomics & Bioinformatics