Hereditary brain tumor with a homozygous germline mutation in PMS2: pedigree analysis and prenatal screening in a family with constitutional mismatch repair deficiency (CMMRD) syndrome.

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Precise genetic counseling and prenatal diagnosis are often hindered by incomplete penetrance of risk variance and complex patterns of inheritance. Here, we performed a clinical and genetic study of a five-generation Pakistani family with a history of multiple cases of childhood brain tumors. Six affected individuals died of brain tumors at very early ages and three were confirmed as having a homozygous mutation in exon 6 of the PMS2 gene (c.543delT). Fifteen members of the family were identified as heterozygous carriers of this mutation with a lack of cancer incidence. Both clinical manifestations and genetic test results of brain tumor patients in the family support the diagnosis of constitutional mismatch repair deficiency (CMMRD) syndrome, a condition in which individuals carry homozygous germline mutations in mismatch repair machinery genes with an early onset of malignancies such as glioma. This information was used to guide prenatal diagnosis with genetic testing on chorionic villus samples for the family. This is the first report of prenatal genetic diagnosis of hereditary brain tumor.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Baig, SM; Fatima, A; Tariq, M; Khan, TN; Ali, Z; Faheem, M; Mahmood, H; Killela, P; Waitkus, M; He, Y; Zhao, F; Wang, S; Jiao, Y; Yan, H

Published Date

  • April 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 18 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 261 - 265

PubMed ID

  • 30478739

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-7292

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s10689-018-0112-4


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Netherlands