Functional analysis of Peutz-Jeghers mutations reveals that the LKB1 C-terminal region exerts a crucial role in regulating both the AMPK pathway and the cell polarity.
ABSTRACT Germline mutations of the LKB1 gene are responsible for the cancer-prone Peutz-Jeghers syndrome (PJS). LKB1 encodes a serine-threonine kinase that acts as a regulator of cell cycle, metabolism and cell polarity. The majority of PJS missense mutations abolish LKB1 enzymatic activity and thereby impair all functions assigned to LKB1. Here, we have investigated the functional consequences of recurrent missense mutations identified in PJS and in sporadic tumors which map in the LKB1 C-terminal non-catalytic region. We report that these C-terminal mutations neither disrupt LKB1 kinase activity nor interfere with LKB1-induced growth arrest. However, these naturally occuring mutations lessened LKB1-mediated activation of the AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) and impaired downstream signaling. Furthermore, C-terminal mutations compromise LKB1 ability to establish and maintain polarity of both intestinal epithelial cells and migrating astrocytes. Consistent with these findings, mutational analysis reveals that the LKB1 tail exerts an essential function in the control of cell polarity. Overall, our results ascribe a crucial regulatory role to the LKB1 C-terminal region. Our findings further indicate that LKB1 tumor suppressor activity is likely to depend on the regulation of AMPK signaling and cell polarization.
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ABSTRACT: To identify previously reported disease mutations that are compatible with extraordinary longevity, we screened the coding regions of the genomes of 44 Ashkenazi Jewish centenarians. Individual genome sequences were generated with 30× coverage on the Illumina HiSeq 2000 and single-nucleotide variants were called with the genome analysis toolkit (GATK). We identified 130 coding variants that were annotated as “pathogenic” or “likely pathogenic” based on the ClinVar database and that are infrequent in the general population. These variants were previously reported to cause a wide range of degenerative, neoplastic, and cardiac diseases with autosomal dominant, autosomal recessive, and X-linked inheritance. Several of these variants are located in genes that harbor actionable incidental findings, according to the recommendations of the American College of Medical Genetics. In addition, we found risk variants for late-onset neurodegenerative diseases, such as the APOE ε4 allele that was even present in a homozygous state in one centenarian who did not develop Alzheimer's disease. Our data demonstrate that the incidental finding of certain reported disease variants in an individual genome may not preclude an extraordinarily long life. When the observed variants are encountered in the context of clinical sequencing, it is thus important to exercise caution in justifying clinical decisions.09/2014; 2(5). DOI:10.1002/mgg3.86
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ABSTRACT: Peutz-Jeghers syndrome (PJS) is a rare autosomal dominant disease due to mutations in the tumor suppressor gene STK11. PJS is characterized by periorificial hyperpigmented macules (lentiginosis) and hamartomatous polyposis. Polyps can be located anywhere in the gastrointestinal tract, but are preferably observed in the small bowel (70-90%), the colon (50%) and the stomach (25%). They tend to be cancerous in a particular sequence hamartoma-dysplasia-cancer. The diagnosis is often made in the first or second decade following the appearance of lentigines or upon the occurrence of complications due to polyps (obstruction, intussusception, occult bleeding responsible for anemia). Furthermore PJS is associated with a significant increase in cancer risk (relative risk of 89% over the life according to the most recent series). Digestive cancers are the more frequent with cumulative incidences of 55% for gastro-intestinal cancer (39% for colorectal cancer, 13% for small bowel cancer and between 11 and 36% for pancreatic cancer, respectively). There is also an increased risk of non digestive cancers. In particular the risk of breast cancer is similar to that of patients carrying deleterious BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations (cumulative incidence of 45%). Gynecological and gonadal tumors are frequent as well and can be more (adenoma malignum) or less aggressive (ovarian sex cord tumors with annular tubules and testicular tumors with calcified Sertoli cells). Finally the frequency of lung cancer is moderatly increased. Recommendations for screening and management based on retrospective series in the literature have led to various strategies. The aim of this paper is to summarize the clinical and molecular diagnostic criteria of PJS as well as recommendations on screening strategies, management and monitoring.Bulletin du cancer 07/2014; 101(9). DOI:10.1684/bdc.2014.1942 · 0.64 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Sporadic medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) harbors RET gene somatic mutations in up to 50 % of cases, and RAS family gene mutations occur in about 10 %. A timely and comprehensive characterization of molecular alterations is needed to improve MTC diagnostic stratification and design-tailored therapeutic approaches. Twenty surgically resected sporadic MTCs, previously analyzed for RET mutations by Sanger sequencing using DNA from formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded samples, were investigated for intragenic mutations in 50 cancer-associated genes applying a multigene Ion AmpliSeq next-generation sequencing (NGS) technology. Thirteen (65 %) MTCs harbored a RET mutation; 10 were detected at both Sanger and NGS sequencing, while 3 undetected by Sanger were revealed by NGS. One of the 13 RET-mutated cases also showed an F354L germline mutation in STK11. Of the seven RET wild-type MTCs, four cases (57.1 %) harbored a RAS mutation: three in HRAS (all Q61R) and one in KRAS (G12R). The three remaining MTCs (15 %) resulted as wild-type for all the 50 cancer-related genes. Follow-up was available in all but one RET-mutated case. At the end of follow-up, 7 of 12 (58 %) RET-mutated patients had relapsed, while the 4 RAS-mutated MTC patients were disease-free. Two of the three patients with MTC wild-type for all 50 genes relapsed during the follow-up period. Detection of mutations by NGS has the potential to improve the diagnostic stratification of sporadic MTC.Archiv für Pathologische Anatomie und Physiologie und für Klinische Medicin 05/2014; 465(1). DOI:10.1007/s00428-014-1589-3 · 2.56 Impact Factor