FGFR1 amplification occurs in ~15% of ER+ human breast cancers. We investigated mechanisms by which FGFR1 amplification confers antiestrogen resistance to ER+ breast cancer.Experimental Design: ER+ tumors from patients treated with letrozole before surgery were subjected to Ki67 immunohistochemistry, FGFR1 FISH, and RNA-sequencing. ER+/FGFR1 amplified breast cancer cells and patient-derived xenografts (PDXs) were treated with FGFR1 siRNA or the FGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor lucitanib. Endpoints were cell/xenograft growth, FGFR1/ERα association by co-immunoprecipitation and proximity ligation, ER genomic activity by ChIP-sequencing, and gene expression by RT-PCR.Results: ER+/FGFR1 amplified tumors in patients treated with letrozole maintained cell proliferation (Ki67). Estrogen deprivation increased total and nuclear FGFR1 and FGF ligands expression in ER+/FGFR1-amplified primary tumors and breast cancer cells. In estrogen-free conditions, FGFR1 associated with ERα in tumor cell nuclei and regulated the transcription of ER-dependent genes. This association was inhibited by a kinase-dead FGFR1 mutant and by treatment with lucitanib. ChIP-seq analysis of estrogen-deprived ER+/FGFR1 amplified cells showed binding of FGFR1 and ERα to DNA. Treatment with fulvestrant and/or lucitanib reduced FGFR1 and ERα binding to DNA. RNA-seq data from FGFR1-amplified patients' tumors treated with letrozole showed enrichment of estrogen response and E2F target genes. Finally, growth of ER+/FGFR1-amplified cells and PDXs was more potently inhibited by fulvestrant and lucitanib combined than each drug alone.Conclusions: These data suggest the ERα pathway remains active in estrogen-deprived ER+/FGFR1-amplified breast cancers. Therefore, these tumors are endocrine resistant and should be candidates for treatment with combinations of ER and FGFR antagonists.

Association of FGFR1 with ERαmaintains ligand-independent ER transcription and mediates resistance to estrogen deprivation in ER+ breast cancer

FORMISANO, LUIGI;BIANCO, ROBERTO;
2017

Abstract

FGFR1 amplification occurs in ~15% of ER+ human breast cancers. We investigated mechanisms by which FGFR1 amplification confers antiestrogen resistance to ER+ breast cancer.Experimental Design: ER+ tumors from patients treated with letrozole before surgery were subjected to Ki67 immunohistochemistry, FGFR1 FISH, and RNA-sequencing. ER+/FGFR1 amplified breast cancer cells and patient-derived xenografts (PDXs) were treated with FGFR1 siRNA or the FGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor lucitanib. Endpoints were cell/xenograft growth, FGFR1/ERα association by co-immunoprecipitation and proximity ligation, ER genomic activity by ChIP-sequencing, and gene expression by RT-PCR.Results: ER+/FGFR1 amplified tumors in patients treated with letrozole maintained cell proliferation (Ki67). Estrogen deprivation increased total and nuclear FGFR1 and FGF ligands expression in ER+/FGFR1-amplified primary tumors and breast cancer cells. In estrogen-free conditions, FGFR1 associated with ERα in tumor cell nuclei and regulated the transcription of ER-dependent genes. This association was inhibited by a kinase-dead FGFR1 mutant and by treatment with lucitanib. ChIP-seq analysis of estrogen-deprived ER+/FGFR1 amplified cells showed binding of FGFR1 and ERα to DNA. Treatment with fulvestrant and/or lucitanib reduced FGFR1 and ERα binding to DNA. RNA-seq data from FGFR1-amplified patients' tumors treated with letrozole showed enrichment of estrogen response and E2F target genes. Finally, growth of ER+/FGFR1-amplified cells and PDXs was more potently inhibited by fulvestrant and lucitanib combined than each drug alone.Conclusions: These data suggest the ERα pathway remains active in estrogen-deprived ER+/FGFR1-amplified breast cancers. Therefore, these tumors are endocrine resistant and should be candidates for treatment with combinations of ER and FGFR antagonists.
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