Mutational analysis of triple-negative breast cancers within the International Breast Cancer Study Group (IBCSG) Trial 22-00

Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2018 Jul;170(2):351-360. doi: 10.1007/s10549-018-4767-1. Epub 2018 Mar 27.


Purpose: We investigated the occurrence and the prognostic and predictive relationship of a selected number of somatic mutations in triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) patients having known clinical outcomes treated within the IBCSG Trial 22-00.

Methods: A matched case-control sampling selected patients enrolled in the IBCSG Trial 22-00 who had TNBC tumors, based on local assessment. Cases had invasive breast cancer recurrence (at local, regional, or distant site) according to the protocol definition. Matched controls had not recurred. Mutational analysis was performed with OncoCarta panel v1.0 using Mass Array System. The panel includes 19 genes belonging to different functional pathways as PI3K pathway, receptor tyrosine kinase, and cell cycle-metabolic group. Conditional logistic regression assessed the association of mutation status with breast cancer recurrence.

Results: Mutation assessment was successful for 135 patients (49 cases, 86 controls). A total of 37 (27.4%) of the 135 patients had at least one mutation in the selected genes. PIK3CA was the most common mutated gene (18/135; 13.3%), followed by BRAF, KIT and PDGFRA (each 4/135, 3.0%) and AKT1 (3/135; 2.2%). TNBC patients with at least one mutation had increased odds of recurrence compared with those with wild-type tumors (odds ratio (OR) 2.28; 95% CI 0.88-5.92), though this difference was not statistically significant (p = 0.09). We found no evidence that these mutations were predictive for the value of maintenance metronomic chemotherapy.

Conclusions: Mutations in the tested oncogenes were not associated with breast cancer recurrence in this TNBC subset of patients. The question of whether any of these mutated genes (e.g., PIK3CA) may represent a useful therapeutic target in TNBC may be answered by ongoing clinical trials and/or larger dataset analysis.

Keywords: Mass array system; PIK3CA; Prognosis; Somatic mutation; Triple-negative breast cancer.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial, Phase III
  • Multicenter Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Antineoplastic Agents / pharmacology
  • Antineoplastic Agents / therapeutic use
  • Biomarkers, Tumor*
  • Case-Control Studies
  • DNA Mutational Analysis
  • Female
  • Genotype
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Mutation*
  • Neoplasm Grading
  • Odds Ratio
  • Prognosis
  • Triple Negative Breast Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Triple Negative Breast Neoplasms / drug therapy
  • Triple Negative Breast Neoplasms / genetics*
  • Tumor Burden
  • Young Adult


  • Antineoplastic Agents
  • Biomarkers, Tumor