Is There a Predisposition Gene for Ewing's Sarcoma?

Sarcoma Services, Department of Orthopaedics, Huntsman Cancer Institute and Primary, Children's Medical Center, The University of Utah, Utah, UT 84112, USA.
Journal of Oncology 03/2010; 2010:397632. DOI: 10.1155/2010/397632
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Ewing's sarcoma is a highly malignant tumor of children and young adults. The molecular mechanisms that underlie Ewing's Sarcoma development are beginning to be understood. For example, most cases of this disease harbor somatic chromosomal translocations that fuse the EWSR1 gene on chromosome 22 with members of the ETS family. While some cooperative genetic events have been identified, such as mutations in TP53 or deletions of the CDKN2A locus, these appear to be absent in the vast majority of cases. It is therefore uncertain whether EWS/ETS translocations are the only consistently present alteration in this tumor, or whether there are other recurrent abnormalities yet to be discovered. One method to discover such mutations is to identify familial cases of Ewing's sarcoma and to then map the susceptibility locus using traditional genetic mapping techniques. Although cases of sibling pairs with Ewing's sarcoma exist, familial cases of Ewing's sarcoma have not been reported. While Ewing's sarcoma has been reported as a 2nd malignancy after retinoblastoma, significant associations of Ewing's sarcoma with classic tumor susceptibility syndromes have not been identified. We will review the current evidence, or lack thereof, regarding the potential of a heritable condition predisposing to Ewing's sarcoma.

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    • "Ewing’s Sarcoma, on the other hand, is currently not associated with any known gene mutations or hereditary cancer syndromes [44]. Nevertheless, the associations described below with race and familial hernia risk suggests a yet undefined genetic association. "
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    • "Different chromosomal abnormalities are found in patients more than 15 years of age than in younger patients and correlate with disease outcome.14 Ewing sarcoma is one of the small round blue cell tumors of the bone, characterized by strong membrane staining for CD99, and occurs primarily in Causasians.5 Pathognomonic translocations involving the EWS gene on chromosome 22 and the ets-type gene FLI1 on chromosome 11 occur in about 85% of cases.6 "
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    • "Current treatment methods include surgery, radiation, and systemic chemotherapy [6]. Despite such an aggressive regimen, the 5-year disease-free survival rate for patients with localized Ewing's sarcoma is only 60–70% and that for individuals presenting with metastases drops to a mere 30% [5] [7]. Approximately 85% of Ewing's sarcoma tumors harbor the reciprocal translocation t(11;22)(q24;q12), which fuses the 5 portion of EWSR1 from chromosome 22 with the 3 portion of FLI1 from chromosome 11 [8] [9]. "
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