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Fam Cancer. 2004;3(2):123-7.

A homozygous MSH6 mutation in a child with café-au-lait spots, oligodendroglioma and rectal cancer.

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Department of Clinical Genetics and Human Genetics, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.


Hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC) is an autosomal dominant condition due to heterozygous germline mutations in DNA mismatch repair genes, in particular MLH1, MSH2 and MSH6. Recently, a syndrome was recognized in which children develop haematological malignancies, solid tumours and signs of neurofibromatosis type 1 due to bi-allelic MMR gene mutations in MLH1, MSH2 and PMS2. Here we describe the child of healthy consanguineous parents who had café-au-lait spots, oligodendroglioma, and rectal cancer. The patient was homozygous for the MSH6 mutation c.3386_3388delGTG in exon 5 which has a predicted pathogenic effect. Germline NF1 gene mutation testing was negative. The rectal tumour showed microsatellite instability and absence of MSH6 staining, whereas the brain tumour was MSI stable and showed normal immunohistochemical expression of MSH6. Apparently, not only MLH1, MSH2 and PMS2, but also MSH6 is involved in the syndrome of childhood cancer and signs of neurofibromatosis type 1.

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