Analysis of hereditary cancer syndromes by using a panel of genes: Novel and multiple pathogenic mutations

Tsoulos N, Tsaousis GN, Papadopoulou E, Agiannitopoulos K, Pepe G, Kambouri S, Apessos A, Diamantopoulos N, Floros T, Iosifidou R, Katopodi O, Koumarianou A, Markopoulos C, Papazisis K, Venizelos V, Xanthakis I, Xepapadakis G, Banu E, Eniu DT, Negru S, Stanculeanu DL, Ungureanu A, Ozmen V, Tansan S, Tekinel M, Yalcin S, Nasioulas G. Analysis of hereditary cancer syndromes by using a panel of genes: Novel and multiple pathogenic mutations [abstract]. In: Proceedings of the 2018 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium; 2018 Dec 4-8; San Antonio, TX. Philadelphia (PA): AACR; Cancer Res 2019;79(4 Suppl):Abstract nr P4-03-07.

DOI: 10.1158/1538-7445.SABCS18-P4-03-07 Published February 2019


Hereditary cancer predisposition syndromes are believed to be responsible for approximately 5-10% of all diagnosed cancer cases. In the past, single genes analysis of certain high risk genes was used for the determination of the genetic cause of cancer heritability in certain families. The selection of genes was mainly based on the family history of the individuals analyzed and included only highly associated genes (e.g. the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes for families with breast cancer history. Nowadays though, the application of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) technology has facilitated multigene panel analysis and is widely used in clinical practice, for the identification of individuals with cancer predisposition gene mutations.

The aim of this study was to investigate the extent and nature of mutations in 36 genes implicated in hereditary cancer predisposition in individuals referred for testing in our lab.

In total, a pathogenic mutation was identified in 259 of the 1197 individuals (21.6%) analyzed while a VUS was identified in 35.7% of the cases. Clinically significant mutations were identified in 29 of the genes analyzed. Concerning the mutation distribution among individuals with positive findings, 44.7% of them were located in BRCA1/2 genes whereas 20.9%, 19.9%, and 14.5% in high, moderate and low risk genes respectively. In addition to BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes other highly mutated genes were CHEK2 (10.6%), PALB2 (7.1%), MUTYH (7.1%) and ATM (4.3%). Of note is that 25 of the 259 positive individuals (9.7%) carried clinically significant mutations in two different genes and 5.8% had a large genomic rearrangement (LGR).

Our results support the clinical significance of analysis of a panel of genes involved in hereditary cancer predisposition. In our cohort, analysis of this panel allowed for the identification of 8.3% additional pathogenic variants in moderate/low risk genes, enabling personalized management of these individuals.

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