Assessment of HER2 protein overexpression and gene amplification in renal collecting duct carcinoma: Therapeutic implication

M. Costantini, C.A. Amoreo, L. Torregrossa, G. Alì, E. Munari, C. Jeronimo, R. Henrique, S. Petronilho, U. Capitanio, R. Lucianò, N. Suardi, M.T. Landi, U. Anceschi, A. Brassetti, V.M. Fazio, M. Gallucci, G. Simone, S. Sentinelli, M.L. Poeta

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Collecting duct carcinoma (CDC) is rare and aggressive histology of kidney cancers. Although different therapeutic approaches have been tested, the 2-year survival remains very poor. Since CDC exhibits overlapping features with urothelial carcinoma, the analysis of shared molecular alterations could provide new insights into the understanding of this rare disease and also therapeutic options. We collected 26 CDC cases, and we assessed HER2 protein expression by immunohistochemistry (IHC) and gene amplification by fluorescence in-situ hybridization (FISH) according to 2018 ASCO/CAP HER2-testing recommendations. Six out of twenty-six (23%) tumors showed HER2 positive staining. In particular, 3+ score was present in 2/6 cases (33%), 2+ in 3/6 cases (50%) and 1+ in 1/6 cases (17%). The 6 HER2+ tumors were also analyzed by FISH to assess gene copy number. One out of six CDC with IHC 3+ was also HER2 amplified, showing an average HER2 copy number ≥4.0 (10.85) and a HER2/CEP17 ratio ≥ (5.63), while the 5/6 cases were HER2 negative. Based on the 2018 ASCO/CAP guidelines overall, 2/26 CDC cases (8%) were HER2+. The present study provides evidence for testing, in future studies, HER2 to assess its clinical value as a novel target for the treatment of this highly malignant cancer. © 2020 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. T.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Biomarker
  • FISH
  • HER2
  • IHC
  • Renal collecting duct carcinoma


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