Frequency of SMARCB1 mutations in familial and sporadic schwannomatosis.
ABSTRACT Mutations of the SMARCB1 gene have been implicated in several human tumour predisposing syndromes. They have recently been identified as an underlying cause of the tumour suppressor syndrome schwannomatosis. There is a much higher rate of mutation detection in familial disease than in sporadic disease. We have carried out extensive genetic testing on a cohort of familial and sporadic patients who fulfilled clinical diagnostic criteria for schwannomatosis. In our current cohort, we identified novel mutations within the SMARCB1 gene and detected several mutations that have been previously identified in other schwannomatosis cohorts. Of the schwannomatosis screens reported to date, including our current dataset, SMARCB1 mutations have been found in 45 % of familial probands and 7 % of sporadic patients. The exon 1 mutation, c.41C >A, and the 3' untranslated region mutation, c.*82C >T, are the most common changes reported in schwannomatosis disease so far, indicating mutation hotspots at both 5' and 3' portions of the gene. SMARCB1 mutations are found in a significant proportion of schwannomatosis patients, but there remains the possibility that further causative genes remain to be found.
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ABSTRACT: The identification of mutations and deletions in the SMARCB1 locus in chromosome band 22q11.2 in pediatric rhabdoid tumors provided the first evidence for the involvement of the SWI/SNF chromatin remodeling complex in cancer. Over the last 15 years, alterations in more than 20 members of the complex have been reported in a variety of human tumors. These include germline mutations and copy number alterations in SMARCB1, SMARCA4, SMARCE1, and PBRM1 that predispose carriers to both benign and malignant neoplasms. Somatic mutations, structural abnormalities, or epigenetic modifications that lead to reduced or aberrant expression of complex members have now been reported in more than 20% of malignancies, including both solid tumors and hematologic disorders in both children and adults. In this review, we will highlight the role of SMARCB1 in cancer as a paradigm for other tumors with alterations in SWI/SNF complex members and demonstrate the broad spectrum of mutations observed in complex members in different tumor types. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.American Journal of Medical Genetics Part C Seminars in Medical Genetics 08/2014; · 4.44 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: In schwannomatosis, germline SMARCB1 mutations predispose to the development of multiple schwannomas, but not vestibular schwannomas. Many of these are missense or splice-site mutations or in-frame deletions, which are presumed to result in the synthesis of altered SMARCB1 proteins. However, also nonsense and frameshift mutations, which are characteristic for rhabdoid tumors and are predicted to result in the absence of SMARCB1 protein via nonsense-mediated mRNA decay, have been reported in schwannomatosis patients. We investigated the consequences of four of the latter mutations, i.e. c.30delC, c.34C>T, c.38delA, and c.46A>T, all in SMARCB1-exon 1. We could demonstrate for the c.30delC and c.34C>T mutations that the respective mRNAs were still present in the schwannomas of the patients. We hypothesized that these were prevented from degradation by translation reinitiation at the AUG codon encoding methionine at position 27 of the SMARCB1 protein. To test this, we expressed the mutations in MON cells, rhabdoid cells without endogenous SMARCB1 protein, and found that all four resulted in synthesis of the N-terminally truncated protein. Mutation of the reinitiation methionine codon into a valine codon prevented synthesis of the truncated protein, thereby confirming its identity. Immunohistochemistry with a SMARCB1 antibody revealed a mosaic staining pattern in schwannomas of the patients with the c.30delC and c.34C>T mutations. Our findings support the concept that, in contrast to the complete absence of SMARCB1 expression in rhabdoid tumors, altered SMARCB1 proteins with modified activity and reduced (mosaic) expression are formed in the schwannomas of schwannomatosis patients with a germline SMARCB1 mutation.Acta Neuropathologica 04/2014; · 9.73 Impact Factor