The major clinical side effect of the ERBB2-targeted breast cancer therapy, trastuzumab, is a decline in the left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF). Improved markers are needed to better identify patients susceptible to cardiotoxicity.Methods
The NCCTG N9831 trial compared adjuvant doxorubicin and cyclophosphamide followed by either weekly paclitaxel (arm A); paclitaxel then trastuzumab (arm B); or concurrent paclitaxel and trastuzumab (arm C) in patients with HER2-positive breast cancer. A genome-wide association study was performed on all patients with available DNA (N=1446). We used linear regression to identify single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) associated with decline in LVEF, adjusting for age, baseline LVEF, antihypertensive medications, and the first two principle components.Results
In total, 618 863 SNPs passed quality control and DNA from 1191 patients passed genotyping quality control and were identified as Whites of non-Hispanic origin. SNPs at six loci were associated with a decline in LVEF (P=7.73×10−6 to 8.93×10−8), LDB2, BRINP1, chr6 intergenic, RAB22A, TRPC6, and LINC01060, in patients who received chemotherapy plus trastuzumab (arms BC, N=800). None of these loci were significant in patients who received chemotherapy only (arm A, N=391) and did not increase in significance in the combined analysis of all patients. We did not observe association, P<0.05, with SNPs previously associated with trastuzumab-induced cardiotoxicity at ERBB2, I655V, and P1170A. We replicated association, P<0.05, with SNPs previously associated with anthracycline-induced cardiotoxicity at CBR3 and ABCB1.Conclusion
Our study identified six putative novel cardiotoxicity loci in patients treated with combination chemotherapy and trastuzumab that require further investigation and confirmed known associations of anthracycline-induced cardiotoxicity.