BRCA1 promoter methylation predicts adverse ovarian cancer prognosis

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Ángeles, California, United States
Gynecologic Oncology (Impact Factor: 3.77). 07/2006; 101(3):403-10. DOI: 10.1016/j.ygyno.2005.10.034
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To compare the clinical outcome of ovarian cancer patients whose tumors contain BRCA1 genes silenced by promoter hypermethylation to patients with germline BRCA1 mutations and to patients with wild-type BRCA genes.
Ovarian cancers from a hospital-based tumor bank were characterized as having a BRCA1 mutation; or a methylated BRCA1, BRCA1 pseudogene or MLH1 promotor; or a wild-type BRCA gene. Survival of patients with methylated BRCA1 promoters (N = 11) was compared to that of patients with wild-type BRCA genes (N = 30) and BRCA1 mutations (N = 22). A methylator phenotype was defined to include tumors with hypermethylation of BRCA1, hMLH1 and/or dBRCA1 pseudogene promoters (N = 23).
All cohorts had comparable clinical factors except for age at diagnosis. Median age of methylated BRCA1 and wild-type BRCA patients was older than BRCA1 mutation carriers (60 and 63 versus 48 years; P = 0.04). The median disease-free interval was significantly shorter for patients with a methylated BRCA1 promoter (9.8 months) than for BRCA1 mutation carriers (39.5 months; P = 0.04). Median overall survival was also significantly shorter for patients with a methylated BRCA1 promoter (35.6 months) than BRCA1 mutation carriers (78.6 months; P = 0.02). The combined methylator phenotype cohort had significantly shorter survival (36.1 months) compared to wild-type BRCA patients (63.3 months; P = 0.02).
These data suggest that methylation of the BRCA1 promoter is associated with poor patient outcome. BRCA1 may be part of a global panel of methylated genes associated with aggressive disease.

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    • "While discordant findings between these studies may be a product of biases introduced by population sampling, they suggest the possibility of alternative sites of inactivating BRCA1 methylation not detected in either group's assay [72]. A subsequent study indicated that BRCA1 promoter methylation can be an unfavorable prognostic factor compared to either BRCA1 germline mutation or no loss [73]. A more recent report found epigenetic silencing of BRCA1 and BRCA1/2 mutations to be mutually exclusive; patients with epigenetic BRCA1 silencing showed a similar prognosis as noncarriers [69]. "
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    ABSTRACT: Ovarian cancer (OC) mostly arises sporadically, but a fraction of cases are associated with mutations in BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. The presence of a BRCA mutation in OC patients has been suggested as a prognostic and predictive factor. In addition, the identification of asymptomatic carriers of such mutations offers an unprecedented opportunity for OC prevention. This review is aimed at exploring the current knowledge on epidemiological and molecular aspects of BRCA-associated OC predisposition, on pathology and clinical behavior of OC occurring in BRCA mutation carriers, and on the available options for managing asymptomatic carriers.
    BioMed Research International 07/2014; 2014:787143. DOI:10.1155/2014/787143 · 1.58 Impact Factor
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    • "Same results were reproducible in our study, where none of mutated patients presented a hypermethylation of the BRCA1 gene. Previous analysis by Chiang et al. [26] showed a significant decrease in both PFS and OS among BRCA1 promoter hypermethylated patients. However, these data were not confirmed in the study carried out by Yang et al. [27], in which a positive prognostic effect was observed in patients with BRCA2 mutated tumours but not with BRCA1-mutated or hypermethylated tumours. "
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Mutations in BRCA1/2 genes are involved in the pathogenesis of breast and ovarian cancer. Inactivation of these genes can also be mediated by hypermethylation of CpGs in the promoter regions. Aim of this study was to analyse the clinical impact of BRCA1 promoter gene methylation status in a homogenous cohort of high-grade serous ovarian cancer (HGSOC) patients. Methods: The cohort included 257 primary HGSOC patients treated by cytoreduction and platinum-based chemotherapy. DNA was extracted from fresh frozen tissue samples. BRCA1 gene promoter methylation rate was assessed using polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Results: 14.8% of patients presented hypermethylation within a selected region of the BRCA1 promoter. The rate of hypermethylation was significantly higher in younger patients (20.8% hypermethylation in the age group ⩽ 58 years versus 8.7% hypermethylation in the age group >58 years; p = 0.008). Optimal tumour debulking could be reached in 63% of patients, without significant differences in the extent of residual disease with respect to the methylation status. No impact of BRCA1 gene promoter methylation status on progression free- and overall-survival rates was found. No significant differences within BRCA1 promoter methylation status between primary and metastatic tissue could be observed. These results on BRCA1 promoter methylation status were also confirmed in a subgroup of 107 patients found negative for BRCA1 exon 11 mutations. Conclusions: Our data suggest that BRCA1 methylation determines the earlier onset of HGSOC. Furthermore our study supports the idea that BRCAness is not only due to mutations but also to epigenetic changes in BRCA1 promoter gene.
    European journal of cancer (Oxford, England: 1990) 05/2014; 50(12). DOI:10.1016/j.ejca.2014.05.001 · 5.42 Impact Factor
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    • "The BRCA1 pseudogene (BRCA1P1), a duplicated region of BRCA1 exons 1A, 1B, and 2, has a strong sequence homology to the BRCA1 gene. As methylation of BRCA1P1 has been previously reported in cancers3637, there is a risk of false positives due to amplification of the methylated BRCA1P1 sequence. Two previous studies have assessed the BRCA1 methylation status in NSCLC tumours using MSP as a detection method3839. "
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    ABSTRACT: DNA repair genes that have been inactivated by promoter methylation offer potential therapeutic targets either by targeting the specific repair deficiency, or by synthetic lethal approaches. This study evaluated promoter methylation status for eight selected DNA repair genes (ATM, BRCA1, ERCC1, MGMT, MLH1, NEIL1, RAD23B and XPC) in 56 non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) tumours and 11 lung cell lines using the methylation-sensitive high resolution melting (MS-HRM) methodology. Frequent methylation in NEIL1 (42%) and infrequent methylation in ERCC1 (2%) and RAD23B (2%) are reported for the first time in NSCLC. MGMT methylation was detected in 13% of the NSCLCs. Contrary to previous studies, methylation was not detected in ATM, BRCA1, MLH1 and XPC. Data from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) was consistent with these findings. The study emphasises the importance of using appropriate methodology for accurate assessment of promoter methylation.
    Scientific Reports 02/2014; 4:4186. DOI:10.1038/srep04186 · 5.58 Impact Factor
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