Ki-67 (30-9) scoring and differentiation of Luminal A- and Luminal B-like breast cancer subtypes

Giuseppe Viale, Amy E. Hanlon Newell, Espen Walker, Greg Harlow, Isaac Bai, Leila Russo, Patrizia Dell’Orto, Patrick Maisonneuve

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Introduction: Ki-67 labeling index assessed by immunohistochemical assays has been shown useful in assessing the risk of recurrence for estrogen receptor (ER)-positive HER2-negative breast cancers (BC) and distinguishing Luminal A-like from Luminal B-like tumors. We aimed to assess the performance of the Ventana CONFIRM anti-Ki-67 (30-9) Rabbit Monoclonal Primary Antibody. Methods: We constructed a case–cohort design based on a random sample (n = 679) of all patients operated on for a first primary, non-metastatic, ER-positive, HER2-negative BC at the European Institute of Oncology (IEO) Milan, Italy during 1998–2002 and all additional patients (n = 303) operated during the same period, who developed an event (metastasis in distant organs or death due to BC as primary event) and were not included in the previous subset. Multivariable Cox proportional hazards regression with inverse subcohort sampling probability weighting was used to evaluate the risk of event according to Ki-67 (30-9) and derived intrinsic molecular subtype, using previously defined cutoff values, i.e., respectively 14% and 20%. Results: Ki-67 was < 14% in 318 patients (32.4%), comprised between 14 and 19% in 245 patients (24.9%) and ≥ 20 in 419 patients (42.7%). At multivariable analysis, the risk of developing distant disease was 1.88 (95% CI 1.20–2.93; P = 0.006) for those with Ki-67 comprised between 14 and 19%, and 3.06 (95% CI 1.93–4.84; P < 0.0001) for those with Ki-67 ≥ 20% compared to those with Ki-67 < 14%. Patients with Luminal B-like BC had an approximate twofold risk of developing distant disease (HR = 1.91; 95% CI 1.35–2.71; P = 0.0003) than patients with Luminal A-like BC defined using Ki-67 (30-9). Conclusions: Ki-67 evaluation using the 30-9 rabbit monoclonal primary antibody was able to stratify patients with ER-positive HER2-negative BC into prognostically distinct groups. Ki-67 assessment, with strict adherence to the international recommendations, should be included among the clinically useful biological parameters for the best treatment of patients with BC.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)451-458
Number of pages8
JournalBreast Cancer Research and Treatment
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2019


  • Biomarker
  • Differentiation
  • Ki-67
  • Luminal A
  • Luminal B

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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