Background Hereditary leiomyomatosis and renal cell cancer (HLRCC) is an autosomal dominant disorder predisposing humans to cutaneous and uterine leiomyomas; in 20% of affected families, type 2 papillary renal cell cancers (PRCCII) also occur with aggressive course and poor prognosis. HLRCC results from heterozygous germline mutations in the tumour suppressor fumarate hydratase (FH) gene.
Methods As part of the French National Cancer Institute (INCa) ‘Inherited predispositions to kidney cancer’ network, sequence analysis and a functional study of FH were preformed in 56 families with clinically proven or suspected HLRCC and in 23 patients with isolated PRCCII (5 familial and 18 sporadic).
Results The study identified 32 different germline FH mutations (15 missense, 6 frameshifts, 4 nonsense, 1 deletion/insertion, 5 splice site, and 1 complete deletion) in 40/56 (71.4%) families with proven or suspected HLRCC and in 4/23 (17.4%) probands with PRCCII alone, including 2 sporadic cases. 21 of these were novel and all were demonstrated as deleterious by significant reduction of FH enzymatic activity. In addition, 5 asymptomatic parents in 3 families were confirmed as carrying disease-causing mutations.
Conclusions This study identified and characterised 21 novel FH mutations and demonstrated that PRCCII can be the only one manifestation of HLRCC. Due to the incomplete penetrance of HLRCC, the authors propose to extend the FH mutation analysis to every patient with PRCCII occurring before 40 years of age or when renal tumour harbours characteristic histologic features, in order to discover previously ignored HLRCC affected families.
- papillary renal cell cancer type II
- molecular genetics
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Funding This work was supported by grants from the French National Cancer Institute (‘INCa’, PNES Rein; and Réseau National Prédispositions héréditaires au cancer du rein), the French Ligue Nationale contre le Cancer (Comités du Cher, de l'Indre et de l'Allier), and the Association de Recherches contre le Cancer (ARC).
Competing interests None.
Ethics approval This study was conducted with the approval of the CCPPRB (Ethical Committee), Le Kremlin-Bicêtre, France.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.
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