Hereditary pancreatic cancer

2000-12-01   Ralph H. Hruban , Scott E. Kern 

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD 21205, USA

Identity

Name

Hereditary pancreatic cancer

Alias

Familial pancreatic cancer

Inheritance

it has been estimated that as many as 10% of pancreatic cancers have a hereditary basis; five genetic syndromes have been identified that are associated with the familial aggregation of pancreatic cancer; these include: , 
  • the second breast cancer syndrome (BRCA2), , 
  • the familial atypical multiple mole melanoma (FAMMM), , 
  • the Peutz-Jeghers Syndrome, , 
  • the hereditary pancreatitis and , 
  • the hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC) syndrome , 
  • most kindreds with familial pancreatic cancer, however, do not fall into one of these well-defined syndromes and these are referred to simply as \"family pancreatic cancer.\"
  • Omim

    260350 , 606856 , 613347 , 613348

    Mesh

    C535837

    Orphanet

    1333 Familial pancreatic carcinoma

    Umls

    C2931038

    Clinics

    Note

    a generally accepted definition of familial pancreatic cancer is a kindred in which at least a pair of first-degree relatives (sibling-sibling or parent-child) have been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer; several large registries have been established to define the patterns of inheritance and genetic basis for the familial aggregation of pancreatic cancer in these kindreds; the National Pancreas Tumor Registry (NFPTR) is the largest such registry; over 260 familial pancreatic cancer kindreds have enrolled in this registry and studies of these kindreds has revealed that when followed prospectively, apparently healthy, first-degree relatives of patients with familial pancreatic cancer have an 18-fold increased risk of developing pancreatic cancer; when there are three or more family members with pancreatic cancer in a kindred, the first-degree relatives of the index patient with pancreatic cancer have a 56-fold increased risk of developing pancreatic cancer
    each of the five clinically recognized syndromes associated with the familial aggregation of pancreatic cancer has its own unique clinical findings

  • second breast cancer syndrome: the BRCA2 tumor suppressor gene is located on chromosome 13q and carriers of germline BRCA2 mutations have a significant lifetime risk of developing breast cancer (30-85%) at a young age; they are also at risk for bilateral breast cancer; BRCA2 is also associated with an increased risk of male breast cancer, ovarian cancer, prostate cancer and pancreatic cancer; the lifetime risk of pancreatic cancer in carriers of germline BRCA2 mutations is approximately 10%; germline BRCA2 mutations are particularly common amongst individuals of Ashkenazi Jewish heritage because of a founder effect

  • familial atypical multiple mole melanoma (FAMMM) syndrome has an autosomal dominant mode of transmission; most cases are caused by germline mutations in the p16 tumor suppressor gene on chromosome 9p; individuals affected with FAMMM develop multiple melanocytic nevi, some of which can be atypical; they also are at increased risk of developing melanoma and pancreatic cancer; the lifetime risk of pancreatic cancer in individuals with germline p16 mutations is about 20%

  • the Peutz-Jeghers Syndrome is inhertied in an autosomal dominant mode; it has recently been shown to be caused by germline mutaitons in the STK11\/LKB1 gene on chromosome 19p; individuals with this syndrome typically develop multiple mucocutaneus melanin macules, harmartomatous gastrointestinal polyps and they have an increased risk of developing cancers of the gastrointestinal tract; it has been estimated that the lifetime risk of pancreatic cancer in patient with the Peutz-Jeghers Syndrome is approximately 30%

  • hereditary pancreatitis has an autosomal dominant mode of transmission; it is caused by germline mutations in the cationic trypsinogen gene (called PRSS1) on chromosome 7q35; affected individuals develop recurrent episodes of pancreatitis at a young age and they have an elevated lifetime risk of developing pancreatic cancers that approaches 40%

  • the hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC) syndrome is caused by germiline mutations in one of the DNA mismatch repair genes (such as hMLH1 on chromosome 3 p and hMSH2 on chromosome 2p); in addition to colorectal neoplasia, affected family members have an increased risk of developing pancreatic cancer; the pancreatic cancers that arise in patients with HNPCC often have a distinct histologic appearance referred to as \"medullary\" histology

  • the ataxia-telangectasia and familial adenomatous polyposis syndromes have also been associated with an increased risk of developing pancreatic cancer, however, these associations are not well-established
  • Genes involved and Proteins

    Description

    gene spanning more than 70kb of genomic DNA; the coding sequence comprises 27 exons (11 395 nucleotides)

    Function

    the Brca2 protein binds to Rad51 and serves as an important co-factor in the Rad51 -dependent DNA repair of double strand breaks; the Brca2 protein may also have transcription activation potential

    Germinal

    more than 300 unique germ-line mutations have been reported; the 6174 delT mutation is particularly common in Jewish subjects

    Somatic

    acquired mutations in BRCA2 rare in pancreatic cancer

    Alias

    MTS1, CDKN2A, p16 (INK4)

    Description

    the coding sequence comprises 3 exons: this locus gives rise to 2 distinct transcripts from different promoters (p16 and p16(ARF))

    Function

    cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor 2A binds to CDK4 and inhibits the ability of CDK4 to interact with cyclinA thereby inducing a G1 cell cycle arrest

    Germinal

    germline mutations are associated with the FAMMM Syndrome

    Somatic

    virtually all invasive pancreatic carcinomas show inactivation of the p16 gene; forty percent by homozygous deletion, 40% by an intragenic mutation coupled with loss of heterozygocity (LOH) and 15% by hypermethylation of the p16 promoter

    Alias

    LKB1

    Description

    gene Spanning 23kb of genomic DNA, the coding sequence comprises 9 exons (1446bp)

    Function

    serine throeonine protein kinase 11

    Germinal

    almost all germline mutations are predicted to disrupt the function of the kinase domain

    Somatic

    approximately 4% of sporadic pancreatic cancers have somatic inactivation of STK11

    Alias

    cationic trypsinogen, trypsin 1, trypsinogen 1

    Description

    the coding sequence comprise 5 exons (800bp)

    Germinal

    the arg117-to-his mutation (R117H) is the most common mutation identified to date

    Alias

    human homolog of MUTL

    Description

    the coding sequence comprises 2484b

    Germinal

    one of at least 5 known human mismatch repair genes associated with the hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer syndrome: the neoplasms that develop in these patients typically show microsatellite instability

    Alias

    human homolog of MULT S

    Description

    the MSH2 locus covers approximately 73kb and contains 16 exons

    Germinal

    one of at least 5 known human mismatch repair genes associated with the hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer syndrome; the neoplasms that develop in these patients typically show microsatellite instability

    To be noted

    Databases

    http:\/\/pathology.jhu.edu\/pancreas_nfptr National Familial Pancreas Tumor Registryhttp:\/\/www.europac-org.eu\/index.html The European Registry Of Hereditary Pancreatitis And Familial Pancreatic Cancer

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