SRL172, non-specific immunological adjuvant downregulates interleukin-4, upregulates interleukin-2 production, switching towards a T-helper-1 response, induces an increase in natural killer cells and activates antigen presenting cells. The human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 gene amplification is frequently observed in a number of primary tumors, suggesting that the overexpression of this growth factor receptor may contribute to transformation and tumorigenesis. Gene amplification occurs in approximately 15-20% of human breast cancers Amplification is associated with aggressive tumor behavior and shortened survival. Trastuzumab, humanized anti-HER-2 antibody targets the HER-2 protein with high affinity. Trastuzumab when used alone or in combination with cytotoxic chemotherapy can induce reasonably durable remissions in a significant percentage of women with metastatic breast cancer whose tumors demonstrate Her-2/neu gene amplification. One of the proposed mechanisms of trastuzumab antitumor action is through antibody dependent cellular cytotoxocity. Pivotal study showed that Trastuzumab + IL-2 resulted in NK cell expansion with enhanced in vitro targeted killing of HER-2-expressing cells. SRL172 by increasing IL-2 production and number of natural killer cells may augment the efficacy of trastuzumab in metastatic breast cancer patients. SRL 172 increases IL-2 production and the number of NK cells in vivo. Based on these data, a clinical trial can be performed to test whether SRL 172 added to trastuzumab is safe and more efficacious. (C) 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.