Clinical Value of EGFR Copy Number Gain Determined by Amplicon-Based Targeted Next Generation Sequencing in Patients with EGFR-Mutated NSCLC

Jiacong Wei, Pei Meng, Miente Martijn Terpstra, Anke van Rijk, Menno Tamminga, Frank Scherpen, Arja Ter Elst, Mohamed Z Alimohamed, Lennart F Johansson, Jos Stigt, Rolof P G Gijtenbeek, John van Putten, T Jeroen N Hiltermann, Harry J M Groen, Klaas Kok, Anthonie J van der Wekken, Anke van den Berg*

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Background The clinical relevance of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) copy number gain in patients with EGFR mutated advanced non-small cell lung cancer on first-line tyrosine kinase inhibitor treatment has not been fully elucidated. Objective We aimed to estimate EGFR copy number gain using amplicon-based next generation sequencing data and explored its prognostic value. Patients and Methods Next generation sequencing data were obtained for 1566 patients with non-small cell lung cancer. EGFR copy number gain was defined based on an increase in EGFR read counts relative to internal reference amplicons and normal controls in combination with a modified z-score >= 3.5. Clinical follow-up data were available for 60 patients treated with first-line EGFR-tyrosine kinase inhibitors. Results Specificity and sensitivity of next generation sequencing-based EGFR copy number estimations were above 90%. EGFR copy number gain was observed in 27.9% of EGFR mutant cases and in 7.4% of EGFR wild-type cases. EGFR gain was not associated with progression-free survival but showed a significant effect on overall survival with an adjusted hazard ratio of 3.14 (95% confidence interval 1.46-6.78, p = 0.003). Besides EGFR copy number gain, osimertinib in second or subsequent lines of treatment and the presence of T790M at relapse revealed significant effects in a multivariate analysis with adjusted hazard ratio of 0.43 (95% confidence interval 0.20-0.91, p = 0.028) and 0.24 (95% confidence interval 0.1-0.59, p = 0.001), respectively. Conclusions Pre-treatment EGFR copy number gain determined by amplicon-based next generation sequencing data predicts worse overall survival in EGFR-mutated patients treated with first-line EGFR-tyrosine kinase inhibitors. T790M at relapse and subsequent treatment with osimertinib predict longer overall survival.

Originele taal-2English
Aantal pagina's12
TijdschriftTargeted oncology
Vroegere onlinedatum19-feb.-2021
StatusPublished - 19-feb.-2021

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