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Poster display session

4499 - Ability of TMPRSS2-ERG (TE) expression to predict taxane benefit depending on prior abiraterone or enzalutamide therapy in castration-resistant prostate cancer


11 Sep 2017


Poster display session


Translational Research;  Prostate Cancer


Mercedes Marín-Aguilera


Annals of Oncology (2017) 28 (suppl_5): v573-v594. 10.1093/annonc/mdx390


M. Marín-Aguilera1, O. Reig1, A. Font2, A. Rodríguez-Vida3, C. Suárez4, M. Domenech5, N. Jiménez1, I. Victoria1, S. López1, M. Milà-Guasch1, E. Felip2, O. Etxaniz2, J. Carles4, F. Racca4, N. Sala-González6, A. González del Alba7, P.L. Fernández8, A. Prat1, B. Mellado1

Author affiliations

  • 1 Medical Oncology/translational Genomics And Targeted Therapeutics In Solid Tumors Lab, Hospital Clínic of Barcelona/Institut d'Investigacions Biomèdiques Agust Pi i Sunyer/Fundació Clínic per a la Recerca Biomèdica, 08036 - Barcelona/ES
  • 2 Medical Oncology, Institut Català d'Oncologia, Badalona/ES
  • 3 Medical Oncology, Hospital del Mar, Barcelona/ES
  • 4 Medical Oncology, Vall d’Hebron Institute of Oncology, Vall d’Hebron University Hospital, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Barcelona/ES
  • 5 Medical Oncology, Fundació Althaia, Barcelona/ES
  • 6 Medical Oncology, Institut Català d'Oncologia, Girona/ES
  • 7 Medical Oncology, Hospital Universitario Son Espases, Palma de Mallorca/ES
  • 8 Medical Oncology/translational Genomics And Targeted Therapeutics In Solid Tumors Lab, Hospital Clínic of Barcelona/Institut d'Investigacions Biomèdiques Agust Pi i Sunyer, 08036 - Barcelona/ES


Abstract 4499


TMPRSS2-ERG (TE) results in androgen-driven overexpression of ERG, which is involved in resistance to taxanes in preclinical models. In prior work we showed that TE expression in blood correlated with taxanes resistance in metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCPRC). Here, we studied if the detection of TE in primary tumors predicts taxanes activity in CPRC. We also explored the impact of prior abiraterone or enzalutamide (A/E) in blood TE detection and in TE predictive value.


mCRPC patients (pts) treated with taxanes in a multicenter biomarker study were included. Formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tumors and peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) fraction were tested for TE presence by RT-qPCR. FFPE were retrospectively obtained. PBMCs were prospectively collected prior to taxane initiation. PSA-PFS was evaluated by Kaplan-Meier analysis using log-rank test. Univariate analysis of TE status (+ vs-) was performed with Cox regression.


124 pts were included: 111 (89.5%) received docetaxel (Dx), 13 (10.5%) cabazitaxel (Cz) and 27 (21.8%) both. Fifty-seven (45.9%) tumors were TE+. Overall, no correlation between tumor TE expression and taxane benefit was observed in the whole population, or in the Dx or Cz group separately. However, in Dx-treated pts without prior A/E (N = 80, 72.1%), tumor TE+ correlated with lower PSA-PFS (median 8.6 vs 13.6 months; HR 1.7, p ≤ 0.05). No differences were observed in Dx treated pts with prior A/E (N = 31, 27.9%) according to tumor TE expression. In 44 pts, matched tumor and PBMC samples were available. Concordance between tumor an blood was 92.8% and 63.3% for pts with and without prior A/E, respectively. TE in blood was + in 1 (7%) pts with prior A/E and in 7 (23.3%) pts without prior A/E. As observed in FFPE samples, in patients without prior A/E to Dx (N = 28; 63.6%), blood TE+ correlated with lower PSA response (0% vs 61.9%, p ≤ 0.01) and reduced median PSA-PFS (3.34 vs 8.2 mM; HR 4.1 p ≤ 0.01).


The predictive value of TE in taxane resistance may be different depending on prior exposure to A/E. This is being tested in a multicenter prospective study.

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Legal entity responsible for the study

Hospital Clínic of Barcelona/Institut d'Investigacions Biomèdiques Agust Pi i Sunyer




A. González del Alba: Advisory boards: Sanofi, Janssen, Astellas, Bayer Travel expenses: Astellas, Sanofi, Janssen. All other authors have declared no conflicts of interest.

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