Fc‐gamma receptor polymorphisms, cetuximab therapy, and overall survival in the CCTG CO.20 trial of metastatic colorectal cancer Academic Article uri icon


  • BACKGROUND:Two germ line Fc-γ receptor (FCGR) polymorphisms, rs1801274 [FCGR2A; His(H)131Arg(R)] and rs396991 [FCGR3A; Phe(F)158Val(V)], produce altered proteins through amino acid substitutions. We previously reported that the FCGR2A H/H genotype was associated with longer overall survival (OS) in cetuximab-treated chemotherapy-refractory patients with metastatic colorectal cancer. Here, we aimed to replicate and extend this finding in the Canadian Clinical Trials Group CO.20 trial. METHODS:After germ line DNA genotyping, polymorphic relationships with survival were assessed using log-rank tests and hazard ratios (HR) from Cox proportional hazard models, adjusting for known prognostic factors. The dominant genetic inheritance model was used for the main analysis. RESULTS:Of 592 wild-type KRAS patients treated with cetuximab, those with the FCGR2A H/H genotype (n = 165, 28%) had improved OS (HR: 0.66, P < 0.001; median absolute benefit, 1.3 months) compared to those with R/- genotype (n = 427, 72%). Patients with H/R had intermediate results under a codominant genetic inheritance model (HR: 0.72, P = 0.003). No significant associations were found between FCGR3A genotype and OS. In an exploratory analysis, patients with the combination of FCGR2A H/H + FCGR3A F/F genotype had significantly better OS (HR: 0.33, P = 0.003; median absolute benefit, 12.5 months) than patients with the combination of double-variant R/R + V/V genotype. Progression-free survival results were similar to OS. Toxicity rates were not associated with either polymorphism. CONCLUSIONS:The FCGR2A genotype was associated with efficacy but not with toxicity in wild-type KRAS, cetuximab-treated colorectal cancer patients. FCGR3A genotype may modulate the relationship between FCGR2A polymorphism and outcome. FCGR2A is a promising biomarker for clinical management for these patients.


  • Shepshelovich, D
  • Townsend, AR
  • Espin-Garcia, O
  • Latifovic, L
  • O Callaghan, CJ
  • Jonker, DJ
  • Tu, D
  • Chen, E
  • Morgen, E
  • Price, TJ
  • Shapiro, J
  • Siu, LL
  • Kubo, M
  • Dobrovic, Alexander
  • Ratain, MJ
  • Xu, W
  • Mushiroda, T
  • Liu, G

publication date

  • 2018