Bachelor of Science, Tel Aviv University (2010)
Master of Science, Weizmann Institute Of Science (2012)
Doctor of Philosophy, Weizmann Institute Of Science (2018)
Christina Curtis, Postdoctoral Faculty Sponsor
- Spatial proteomic characterization of HER2-positive breast tumors through neoadjuvant therapy predicts response NATURE CANCER 2021; 2 (4): 400-+
Spatial proteomic characterization of HER2-positive breast tumors through neoadjuvant therapy predicts response.
2021; 2 (4): 400-413
The addition of HER2-targeted agents to neoadjuvant chemotherapy has dramatically improved pathological complete response (pCR) rates in early-stage, HER2-positive breast cancer. Nonetheless, up to 50% of patients have residual disease after treatment, while others are likely overtreated. Here, we performed multiplex spatial proteomic characterization of 122 samples from 57 HER2-positive breast tumors from the neoadjuvant TRIO-US B07 clinical trial sampled pre-treatment, after 14-21 d of HER2-targeted therapy and at surgery. We demonstrated that proteomic changes after a single cycle of HER2-targeted therapy aids the identification of tumors that ultimately undergo pCR, outperforming pre-treatment measures or transcriptomic changes. We further developed and validated a classifier that robustly predicted pCR using a single marker, CD45, measured on treatment, and showed that CD45-positive cell counts measured via conventional immunohistochemistry perform comparably. These results demonstrate robust biomarkers that can be used to enable the stratification of sensitive tumors early during neoadjuvant HER2-targeted therapy, with implications for tailoring subsequent therapy.
View details for DOI 10.1038/s43018-021-00190-z
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The Human Tumor Atlas Network: Charting Tumor Transitions across Space and Time at Single-Cell Resolution.
2020; 181 (2): 236–49
Crucial transitions in cancer-including tumor initiation, local expansion, metastasis, and therapeutic resistance-involve complex interactions between cells within the dynamic tumor ecosystem. Transformative single-cell genomics technologies and spatial multiplex in situ methods now provide an opportunity to interrogate this complexity at unprecedented resolution. The Human Tumor Atlas Network (HTAN), part of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Cancer Moonshot Initiative, will establish a clinical, experimental, computational, and organizational framework to generate informative and accessible three-dimensional atlases of cancer transitions for a diverse set of tumor types. This effort complements both ongoing efforts to map healthy organs and previous large-scale cancer genomics approaches focused on bulk sequencing at a single point in time. Generating single-cell, multiparametric, longitudinal atlases and integrating them with clinical outcomes should help identify novel predictive biomarkers and features as well as therapeutically relevant cell types, cell states, and cellular interactions across transitions. The resulting tumor atlases should have a profound impact on our understanding of cancer biology and have the potential to improve cancer detection, prevention, and therapeutic discovery for better precision-medicine treatments of cancer patients and those at risk for cancer.
View details for DOI 10.1016/j.cell.2020.03.053
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- Tumor expression and microenvironment in HER2-positive breast cancer before and on HER2-targeted therapy: Analysis of microarray expression data from the TRIO-US B07 trial AMER ASSOC CANCER RESEARCH. 2020
Pathologic and molecular responses to neoadjuvant trastuzumab and/or lapatinib from a phase II randomized trial in HER2-positive breast cancer (TRIO-US B07).
2020; 11 (1): 5824
In this multicenter, open-label, randomized phase II investigator-sponsored neoadjuvant trial with funding provided by Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline (TRIO-US B07, Clinical Trials NCT00769470), participants with early-stage HER2-positive breast cancer (N=128) were recruited from 13 United States oncology centers throughout the Translational Research in Oncology network. Participants were randomized to receive trastuzumab (T; N=34), lapatinib (L; N=36), or both (TL; N=58) as HER2-targeted therapy, with each participant given one cycle of this designated anti-HER2 therapy alone followed by six cycles of standard combination chemotherapy with the same anti-HER2 therapy. The primary objective was to estimate the rate of pathologic complete response (pCR) at the time of surgery in each of the three arms. In the intent-to-treat population, we observed similar pCR rates between T (47%, 95% confidence interval [CI] 30-65%) and TL (52%, 95% CI 38-65%), and a lower pCR rate with L (25%, 95% CI 13-43%). In the T arm, 100% of participants completed all protocol-specified treatment prior to surgery, as compared to 69% in the L arm and 74% in the TL arm. Tumor or tumor bed tissue was collected whenever possible pre-treatment (N=110), after one cycle of HER2-targeted therapy alone (N=89), and at time of surgery (N=59). Higher-level amplification of HER2 and hormone receptor (HR)-negative status were associated with a higher pCR rate. Large shifts in the tumor, immune, and stromal gene expression occurred after one cycle of HER2-targeted therapy. In contrast to pCR rates, the L-containing arms exhibited greater proliferation reduction than T at this timepoint. Immune expression signatures increased in all arms after one cycle of HER2-targeted therapy, decreasing again by the time of surgery. Our results inform approaches to early assessment of sensitivity to anti-HER2 therapy and shed light on the role of the immune microenvironment in response to HER2-targeted agents.
View details for DOI 10.1038/s41467-020-19494-2
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