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Evaluation of somatic mutations in tibial pseudarthrosis samples in neurofibromatosis type 1
  1. David W Sant1,
  2. Rebecca L Margraf1,
  3. David A Stevenson2,3,5,
  4. Allie H Grossmann1,4,
  5. David H Viskochil3,
  6. Heather Hanson3,
  7. Melanie D Everitt3,
  8. Jonathan J Rios6,7,8,9,
  9. Florent Elefteriou10,11,12,13,
  10. Theresa Hennessey5,
  11. Rong Mao1,4
  1. 1ARUP Laboratories, ARUP Institute for Clinical and Experimental Pathology, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
  2. 2Department of Pediatrics, Division of Medical Genetics, Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA
  3. 3Departments of Pediatrics, Division of Medical Genetics, University of Utah, School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
  4. 4Department of Pathology, University of Utah, School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
  5. 5Shriners Hospital for Children Salt Lake City, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
  6. 6Sarah M. and Charles E. Seay Center for Musculoskeletal Research, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, Dallas, Texas, USA
  7. 7Department of Pediatrics, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas, USA
  8. 8Eugene McDermott Center for Human Growth and Development and UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas, USA
  9. 9Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas, USA
  10. 10Vanderbilt Center for Bone Biology; Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee, USA
  11. 11Departments of Medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee, USA
  12. 12Departments of Pharmacology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee, USA
  13. 13Department of Cancer Biology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Rong Mao, Department of Pathology, University of Utah, ARUP Institute for Clinical and Experimental Pathology, 500 Chipeta Way, MS-115, Salt Lake City, UT 84108, USA; rong.mao{at}aruplab.com

Abstract

Background Tibial pseudarthrosis is associated with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) and there is wide clinical variability of the tibial dysplasia in NF1, suggesting the possibility of genetic modifiers. Double inactivation of NF1 is postulated to be necessary for the development of tibial pseudarthrosis, but tissue or cell of origin of the ‘second hit’ mutation remains unclear.

Methods Exome sequencing of different sections of surgically resected NF1 tibial pseudarthrosis tissue was performed and compared to germline (peripheral blood).

Results A germline NF1 splice site mutation (c.61-2A>T, p.L21 M68del) was identified from DNA extracted from peripheral blood. Exome sequencing of DNA extracted from tissue removed during surgery of the tibial pseudarthrosis showed a somatic mutation of NF1 (c.3574G>T, p.E1192*) in the normal germline allele. Further analysis of different regions of the tibial pseudarthrosis sample showed enrichment of the somatic mutation in the soft tissue within the pseudarthrosis site and absence of the somatic mutation in cortical bone. In addition, a germline variant in PTPN11 (c.1658C>T, p.T553M), a gene involved in the RAS signal transduction pathway was identified, although the clinical significance is unknown.

Conclusions Given that the NF1 somatic mutation was primarily detected in the proliferative soft tissue at the pseudarthrosis site, it is likely that the second hit occurred in mesenchymal progenitors from the periosteum. These results are consistent with a defect of differentiation, which may explain why the mutation is found in proliferative cells and not within cortical bone tissue, as the latter by definition contains mostly mature differentiated osteoblasts and osteocytes.

  • neurofibromatosis type 1
  • PTPN11
  • somatic mutation
  • bone
  • pseudarthrosis

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