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Neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2)

Written2001-02James F Gusella
Molecular Neurogenetics Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Charlestown, Massachusetts 02129, USA
This article is an update of :
1998-03Jean-Loup Huret
Genetics, Dept Medical Information, University of Poitiers, CHU Poitiers Hospital, F-86021 Poitiers, France
1997-09Jean-Loup Huret
Genetics, Dept Medical Information, University of Poitiers, CHU Poitiers Hospital, F-86021 Poitiers, France

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Other namesCentral neurofibromatosis
Bilateral acoustic neurofibromatosis
Bilateral acoustic neurinoma
Bilateral acoustic schwannomas
Atlas_Id 10007
Genes implicated inNF2  
Inheritance autosomal dominant with almost complete penetrance; frequency is 3/105 newborns; neomutation represent 50% of cases; variable expressivity from mild disease through life (Gardner type) to severe condition at young age (Wishart type: with more than 3 tumours)


Note NF2 is an hamartoneoplastic syndrome; hamartomas are localized tissue proliferations with faulty differenciation and mixture of component tissues; they are heritable malformations that have a potential towards neoplasia
Phenotype and clinics
  • bilateral vestibular (8th cranial pair) schwannomas; other central or peripheral nerve schwannomas; meningiomas; ependymomas.
  • hearing loss (average age 20 yrs), tinnitus, imbalance, headache, cataract in 50%, facial paralysis.
  • café-au-lait spots and cutaneous and peripheral neurofibromas may be present, but far less extensively than in neurofibromatosis type 1
  • Neoplastic risk NF2 cases represent about 5 % of schwannomas and meningiomas (i.e. risk increased by 2000), appearing at the age of 20, while they are found in the general population at the age of 50 and over
    Prognosis these tumours are usually benign, but their location within the central nervous system gives them a grave prognosis; patients with the Wishart severe form usually do not survive past 50 yrs


    Inborn conditions normal
    Cytogenetics of cancer chromosome 22 loss is very frequent both in sporadic and in NF2 schwannomas and meningiomas

    Genes involved and Proteins

    Gene NameNF2 (neurofibromatosis type 2)
    Location 22q12.2
    Description 17 exons (1-15, 17 constitutive, 16 alternatively spliced)
    Description Isoform 1 595 amino acids, isoform 2 590 amino acids (due to inclusion of exon 16 in transcript); contains a FERM domain and a large a helix domain
    Expression wide
    Function membrane-cytoskeleton anchor; tumour suppressor
    Homology band 4.1 family , ezrin, radixin, moesin
    Germinal germ-line mutations in NF2 patients lead to protein truncation; splice-site or missense mutations are also found; phenotype-genotype correlations are observed (i.e. that severe phenotype are found in cases with protein truncations rather than those with amino acid substitution)
    Somatic mutation and allele loss events in tumours in neurofibromatosis type 2 and in sporadic schwannomas and meningiomas are in accordance with the two-hit model for neoplasia


    Impaired interaction of naturally occurring mutant NF2 protein with actin-based cytoskeleton and membrane.
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    PMID 9425229
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    PMID 7666400
    Conditional biallelic Nf2 mutation in the mouse promotes manifestations of human neurofibromatosis type 2.
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    PMID 10214350
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    PMID 11085592
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    PMID 9171370
    Neurofibromatosis 2 (NF2): clinical characteristics of 63 affected individuals and clinical evidence for heterogeneity.
    Parry DM, Eldridge R, Kaiser-Kupfer MI, Bouzas EA, Pikus A, Patronas N
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    PMID 7747758
    Germ-line mutations in the neurofibromatosis 2 gene: correlations with disease severity and retinal abnormalities.
    Parry DM, MacCollin MM, Kaiser-Kupfer MI, Pulaski K, Nicholson HS, Bolesta M, Eldridge R, Gusella JF
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    PMID 8751853
    Alteration in a new gene encoding a putative membrane-organizing protein causes neuro-fibromatosis type 2.
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    PMID 8379998
    Type of mutation in the neurofibromatosis type 2 gene (NF2) frequently determines severity of disease.
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    PMID 8755919
    A novel moesin-, ezrin-, radixin-like gene is a candidate for the neurofibromatosis 2 tumor suppressor.
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    This paper should be referenced as such :
    Gusella, JF
    Neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2)
    Atlas Genet Cytogenet Oncol Haematol. 2001;5(2):150-151.
    Free journal version : [ pdf ]   [ DOI ]
    On line version :
    History of this paper:
    Huret, JL. Neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2). Atlas Genet Cytogenet Oncol Haematol. 1997;1(1):38-39.
    Huret, JL. Neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2). Atlas Genet Cytogenet Oncol Haematol. 1998;2(3):109-110.

    Other genes implicated (Data extracted from papers in the Atlas) [ 4 ]

    Genes EIF3C MTOR NF2 TSC1

    External links

    OrphanetNeurofibromatosis type 2
    Other databaseNeurofibromatosis type 2 (GARD)
    Other databaseNeurofibromatosis Type 2 - GeneClinics
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