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V-erb-b2 erythroblastic leukemia viral oncogene homolog 2, neuro/glioblastoma derived oncogene homolog (avian)

PDB rendering based on 1n8z.
Available structures
1n8z, 1s78, 2a91, 2jwa, 3be1
Symbols ERBB2; HER-2; HER-2/neu; HER2; NEU; NGL; TKR1; c-erb B2
External IDs OMIM164870 MGI95410 HomoloGene3273 GeneCards: ERBB2 Gene
RNA expression pattern
PBB GE ERBB2 216836 s at.png
PBB GE ERBB2 210930 s at.png
More reference expression data
Species Human Mouse
Entrez 2064 13866
Ensembl ENSG00000141736 ENSMUSG00000062312
UniProt P04626 Q80Y89
RefSeq (mRNA) NM_001005862 NM_001003817
RefSeq (protein) NP_001005862 NP_001003817
Location (UCSC) Chr 17:
35.1 - 35.14 Mb
Chr 11:
98.23 - 98.25 Mb
PubMed search [1] [2]

HER2/neu (also known as ErbB-2) stands for "Human Epidermal growth factor Receptor 2" and is a protein giving higher aggressiveness in breast cancers. It is a member of the ErbB protein family, more commonly known as the epidermal growth factor receptor family. HER2/neu has also been designated as CD340 (cluster of differentiation 340) and p185. It is encoded by the ERBB2 gene.



HER2 is a cell membrane surface-bound receptor tyrosine kinase and is normally involved in the signal transduction pathways leading to cell growth and differentiation. It is encoded within the genome by HER2/neu, a known proto-oncogene. HER2 is thought to be an orphan receptor, with none of the EGF family of ligands able to activate it. However, ErbB receptors dimerise on ligand binding, and HER2 is the preferential dimerisation partner of other members of the ErbB family.[1] The HER2 gene is a proto-oncogene located at the long arm of human chromosome 17(17q21-q22)[2].

HER2 and cancer

Approximately 15-20 percent of breast cancers have an amplification of the HER2/neu gene or overexpression of its protein product.[3] Overexpression of this receptor in breast cancer is associated with increased disease recurrence and worse prognosis. Because of its prognostic role as well as its ability to predict response to trastuzumab (Herceptin US brand name) (see below), breast tumors are routinely checked for overexpression of HER2/neu. Overexpression also occurs in other cancer such as ovarian cancer, stomach cancer, and biologically aggressive forms of uterine cancer, such as uterine serous endometrial carcinoma.[4]

The oncogene neu is so-named because it was derived from a rodent glioblastoma cell line, which is a type of neural tumor, hence 'neu.' HER2 is named because it has a similar structure to human epidermal growth factor receptor, or HER1. ErbB2 was named for its similarity to ErbB (avian erythroblastosis oncogene B), the oncogene later found to code for EGFR. Gene cloning showed that neu, HER2, and ErbB2 were the same.

HER2 is co-localized, and thus most of the time co-amplified with the gene GRB7, which is also a proto-oncogene (active in e.g. breast cancer, testicular germ cell tumor, gastric cancer, and esophageal cancer).

Drugs targeting HER2

Clinically, HER2/neu is important as the target of the monoclonal antibody trastuzumab (marketed as Herceptin). Trastuzumab is only effective in breast cancer where the HER2/neu receptor is overexpressed. One of the mechanisms of how traztuzumab works after it binds to HER2 is by increasing p27, a protein that halts cell proliferation.[5]

Overexpression of the HER2 gene can be suppressed by the amplification of other genes and the use of the drug Herceptin. Research is currently being conducted to discover which disregulated genes may have this desired effect. Another monoclonal antibody, Pertuzumab [3], which inhibits dimerization of HER2 and HER3 receptors, is in advanced clinical trials.

The expression of HER2/ERBB2 protein is regulated by estrogen receptors. Furthermore estradiol and tamoxifen acting through the estrogen receptor normally down regulates the expression of HER2/ERBB2. However when the ratio of the coactivator AIB-3 exceeds that of the corepressor PAX2, the expression of HER2/ERBB2 is upregulated in the presence of tamoxifen leading to tamoxifen resistant breast cancer.[6][7]


HER2/neu has been shown to interact with Beta-catenin,[8][9][10] Glycoprotein 130,[11] PLCG1,[12][13] Erbin,[14][15][16] MUC1,[17][18] Grb2,[19][20][21] Heat shock protein 90kDa alpha (cytosolic), member A1,[22][23] DLG4,[24] PIK3R2,[25] PICK1[14] and SHC1.[19][26][21]


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  2. ^ Coussens L (1985). "Tyrosine Kinase Receptor with Extensive Homology to EGF Receptor Shares Chromosomal Location with neu Oncogene". Science 230: 1132–1139. doi:10.1126/science.2999974. 
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  10. ^ Kanai, Y; Ochiai A, Shibata T, Oyama T, Ushijima S, Akimoto S, Hirohashi S (Mar. 1995). "c-erbB-2 gene product directly associates with beta-catenin and plakoglobin". Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun. (UNITED STATES) 208 (3): 1067–72. doi:10.1006/bbrc.1995.1443. ISSN 0006-291X. PMID 7702605. 
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  12. ^ Peles, E; Levy R B, Or E, Ullrich A, Yarden Y (Aug. 1991). "Oncogenic forms of the neu/HER2 tyrosine kinase are permanently coupled to phospholipase C gamma". EMBO J. (ENGLAND) 10 (8): 2077–86. ISSN 0261-4189. PMID 1676673. 
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  14. ^ a b Jaulin-Bastard, F; Saito H, Le Bivic A, Ollendorff V, Marchetto S, Birnbaum D, Borg J P (May. 2001). "The ERBB2/HER2 receptor differentially interacts with ERBIN and PICK1 PSD-95/DLG/ZO-1 domain proteins". J. Biol. Chem. (United States) 276 (18): 15256–63. doi:10.1074/jbc.M010032200. ISSN 0021-9258. PMID 11278603. 
  15. ^ Borg, J P; Marchetto S, Le Bivic A, Ollendorff V, Jaulin-Bastard F, Saito H, Fournier E, Adélaïde J, Margolis B, Birnbaum D (Jul. 2000). "ERBIN: a basolateral PDZ protein that interacts with the mammalian ERBB2/HER2 receptor". Nat. Cell Biol. (ENGLAND) 2 (7): 407–14. doi:10.1038/35017038. ISSN 1465-7392. PMID 10878817. 
  16. ^ Huang, Yang Z; Zang Mengwei, Xiong Wen C, Luo Zhijun, Mei Lin (Jan. 2003). "Erbin suppresses the MAP kinase pathway". J. Biol. Chem. (United States) 278 (2): 1108–14. doi:10.1074/jbc.M205413200. ISSN 0021-9258. PMID 12379659. 
  17. ^ Li, Yongqing; Yu Wei-Hsuan, Ren Jian, Chen Wen, Huang Lei, Kharbanda Surender, Loda Massimo, Kufe Donald (Aug. 2003). "Heregulin targets gamma-catenin to the nucleolus by a mechanism dependent on the DF3/MUC1 oncoprotein". Mol. Cancer Res. (United States) 1 (10): 765–75. ISSN 1541-7786. PMID 12939402. 
  18. ^ Schroeder, J A; Thompson M C, Gardner M M, Gendler S J (Apr. 2001). "Transgenic MUC1 interacts with epidermal growth factor receptor and correlates with mitogen-activated protein kinase activation in the mouse mammary gland". J. Biol. Chem. (United States) 276 (16): 13057–64. doi:10.1074/jbc.M011248200. ISSN 0021-9258. PMID 11278868. 
  19. ^ a b Schulze, Waltraud X; Deng Lei, Mann Matthias (2005). "Phosphotyrosine interactome of the ErbB-receptor kinase family". Mol. Syst. Biol. (England) 1: 2005.0008. doi:10.1038/msb4100012. PMID 16729043. 
  20. ^ Bourguignon, L Y; Zhu H, Zhou B, Diedrich F, Singleton P A, Hung M C (Dec. 2001). "Hyaluronan promotes CD44v3-Vav2 interaction with Grb2-p185(HER2) and induces Rac1 and Ras signaling during ovarian tumor cell migration and growth". J. Biol. Chem. (United States) 276 (52): 48679–92. doi:10.1074/jbc.M106759200. ISSN 0021-9258. PMID 11606575. 
  21. ^ a b Olayioye, M A; Graus-Porta D, Beerli R R, Rohrer J, Gay B, Hynes N E (Sep. 1998). "ErbB-1 and ErbB-2 acquire distinct signaling properties dependent upon their dimerization partner". Mol. Cell. Biol. (UNITED STATES) 18 (9): 5042–51. ISSN 0270-7306. PMID 9710588. 
  22. ^ Xu, W; Mimnaugh E, Rosser M F, Nicchitta C, Marcu M, Yarden Y, Neckers L (Feb. 2001). "Sensitivity of mature Erbb2 to geldanamycin is conferred by its kinase domain and is mediated by the chaperone protein Hsp90". J. Biol. Chem. (United States) 276 (5): 3702–8. doi:10.1074/jbc.M006864200. ISSN 0021-9258. PMID 11071886. 
  23. ^ Jeong, Jae-Hoon; An Jee Young, Kwon Yong Tae, Li Lu-Yuan, Lee Yong J (Oct. 2008). "Quercetin-induced ubiquitination and down-regulation of Her-2/neu". J. Cell. Biochem. (United States) 105 (2): 585–95. doi:10.1002/jcb.21859. PMID 18655187. 
  24. ^ Huang, Y Z; Won S, Ali D W, Wang Q, Tanowitz M, Du Q S, Pelkey K A, Yang D J, Xiong W C, Salter M W, Mei L (May. 2000). "Regulation of neuregulin signaling by PSD-95 interacting with ErbB4 at CNS synapses". Neuron (UNITED STATES) 26 (2): 443–55. ISSN 0896-6273. PMID 10839362. 
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Further reading

  • Ross JS, Fletcher JA, Linette GP, et al. (2003). "The Her-2/neu gene and protein in breast cancer 2003: biomarker and target of therapy.". Oncologist 8 (4): 307–25. doi:10.1634/theoncologist.8-4-307. PMID 12897328. 
  • Zhou BP, Hung MC (2003). "Dysregulation of cellular signaling by HER2/neu in breast cancer.". Semin. Oncol. 30 (5 Suppl 16): 38–48. doi:10.1053/j.seminoncol.2003.08.006. PMID 14613025. 
  • Ménard S, Casalini P, Campiglio M, et al. (2005). "Role of HER2/neu in tumor progression and therapy.". Cell. Mol. Life Sci. 61 (23): 2965–78. doi:10.1007/s00018-004-4277-7. PMID 15583858. 
  • Becker JC, Muller-Tidow C, Serve H, et al. (2006). "Role of receptor tyrosine kinases in gastric cancer: new targets for a selective therapy.". World J. Gastroenterol. 12 (21): 3297–305. PMID 16733844. 
  • Laudadio J, Quigley DI, Tubbs R, Wolff DJ (2007). "HER2 testing: a review of detection methodologies and their clinical performance.". Expert Rev. Mol. Diagn. 7 (1): 53–64. doi:10.1586/14737159.7.1.53. PMID 17187484. 
  • Bianchi F, Tagliabue E, Ménard S, Campiglio M (2007). "Fhit expression protects against HER2-driven breast tumor development: unraveling the molecular interconnections.". Cell Cycle 6 (6): 643–6. PMID 17374991. 

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