Examination of the biomark assay as an alternative to oncotype DX for defining chemotherapy benefit

Jinkyoung Kim, Aeree Kim, Chungyeul Kim

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Currently the 21-gene recurrence score (RS) assay called Oncotype DX is recommended by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network guideline for defining the benefit of chemotherapy. To overcome the cost disadvantages of the Oncotype DX assay and the turnaround time, a multigene assay was examined to compare the correlation of the RS and the predicted score (PS) of the present study. Paraffin-embedded tissues of 50 cases with early-stage estrogen receptor (ER)-positive breast cancer, who underwent the Oncotype DX test were used. A total of 149 candidate genes with high correlation to the RS were identified, in another project (Lee et al, unpublished data). Reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction biomark assays were conducted using the dynamic array integrated fluidic circuit and the correlation analysis was performed with BRB ArrayTools. A predictive model was developed by the coefficient and gene expression, and 41 genes were identified. If the cut-off was ≥18, the predicted model was 18/50 cases, and the RS was 19, indicating that the differential rate of predicted response against RS was 2%. If the cutoff was ≥11, the predicted model was 38/50 cases and the RS was 34, indicating a difference of 8%. Genes common to the Oncotype DX and the Biomark assay include marker of proliferation Ki-67, aurora kinase A, Erb-B2 receptor tyrosine kinase 2, glutathione S-transferase Mu 1, estrogen receptor 1, progesterone receptor, B-cell lymphoma 2, signal peptide CUB domain EGF-like 2 and 5 reference genes. The remaining 28 genes are involved in various pathways and functions. This result indicates that there is a significant correlation between PS and RS scores, although validation of results is required to accurately determine the risk of distant recurrence. The Biomark assay is an easy and inexpensive way to measure mRNA expression. The present study demonstrates the possibility of the Biomark assay as an alternative for defining chemotherapy benefit in individual patients with ER-positive early-stage breast cancer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1812-1818
Number of pages7
JournalOncology Letters
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Feb


  • Biomark assay
  • Breast cancer
  • Chemotherapy
  • Estrogen receptor
  • Oncotype DX

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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