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Test 61174 :
PMS2 Gene, Known Mutation

Clinical Information Discusses physiology, pathophysiology, and general clinical aspects, as they relate to a laboratory test

Lynch syndrome (also known as hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer or HNPCC) is an autosomal dominant hereditary cancer syndrome associated with germline mutations in the mismatch repair genes, MLH1, MSH2, MSH6, and PMS2. Deletions within the 3-prime end of the EPCAM gene have also been associated with Lynch syndrome, as this leads to inactivation of the MSH2 promoter.

 

Lynch syndrome is predominantly characterized by significantly increased risks for colorectal and endometrial cancer. The lifetime risk for colorectal cancer is highly variable and dependent on the gene involved. The risk for colorectal cancer associated MLH1 and MSH2 mutations (approximately 50%-80%) is generally higher than the risks associated with mutations in the other Lynch syndrome-related genes and the lifetime risk for endometrial cancer (approximately 25%-60%) is also highly variable. Other malignancies within the tumor spectrum include gastric cancer, ovarian cancer, hepatobiliary and urinary tract carcinomas, and small bowel cancer. The lifetime risks for these cancers is <15%. Of the 4 mismatch repair genes, mutations within the PMS2 gene confer the lowest risk for any of the tumors within the Lynch syndrome spectrum.

 

Several clinical variants of Lynch syndrome have been defined. These include Turcot syndrome, Muir-Torre syndrome, and homozygous mismatch repair mutations (also called constitutional mismatch repair deficiency syndrome). Turcot syndrome and Muir-Torre syndrome are associated with increased risks for cancers within the tumor spectrum described, but also include brain and central nervous system malignancies and sebaceous carcinomas, respectively. Homozygous mismatch repair mutations, characterized by the presence of biallelic deleterious mutations within a mismatch repair gene, are associated with a different clinical phenotype defined by hematologic and brain cancers, cafe au lait macules, and childhood colon or small bowel cancer.

 

There are several strategies for evaluating individuals whose personal or family history of cancer is suggestive of Lynch syndrome. One such strategy involves testing the tumors from suspected individuals for microsatellite instability (MSI) and/or immunohistochemistry (IHC) for the presence or absence of defective DNA mismatch repair. Tumors that demonstrate absence of expression of PMS2 are more likely to have a germline mutation in the PMS2 gene.

Useful For Suggests clinical disorders or settings where the test may be helpful

Diagnostic testing of individuals with suspected diagnosis of Lynch syndrome/hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer when a mutation in the PMS2 gene has been identified in an affected family member

 

Predictive testing of at-risk individuals when a mutation in the PMS2 gene has been identified in an affected family member

Interpretation Provides information to assist in interpretation of the test results

All detected alterations will be evaluated according to American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) recommendations.(1) Variants will be classified based on known, predicted, or possible pathogenicity and reported with interpretive comments detailing their potential or known significance.

Cautions Discusses conditions that may cause diagnostic confusion, including improper specimen collection and handling, inappropriate test selection, and interfering substances

The identification of a disease-causing mutation in an affected family member is necessary before predictive testing for other family members can be performed. If a familial mutation has not been previously identified, order PMS2S / PMS2 Gene, Full Gene Analysis.

 

Analysis is performed for the familial mutations provided only. This assay does not rule out the presence of other mutations within this gene or within other genes that may be associated with hereditary cancer syndromes.

 

We strongly recommend that patients undergoing predictive testing receive genetic counseling both prior to testing and after results are available.  

 

Predictive testing of an asymptomatic child is not recommended.  

 

Test results should be interpreted in the context of clinical findings, family history, and other laboratory data. Any error in the diagnosis or in the pedigree provided to us, including false-paternity, could lead to erroneous interpretation of results.

 

A previous bone marrow transplant from an allogenic donor will interfere with testing. Call Mayo Medical Laboratories for instructions for testing patients who have received a bone marrow transplant.

Reference Values Describes reference intervals and additional information for interpretation of test results. May include intervals based on age and sex when appropriate. Intervals are Mayo-derived, unless otherwise designated. If an interpretive report is provided, the reference value field will state this.

An interpretive report will be provided.

Clinical References Provides recommendations for further in-depth reading of a clinical nature

1. Richards CS, Bale S, Bellissimo DB, ET AL: ACMG recommendations for standards for interpretation and reporting of sequence variations: Revisions 2007. Genet Med 2008:10(4):294-300

2. Vaughn CP, Hart J, Samowitz WS, Swensen JJ: Avoidance of pseudogene interference in the detection of 3'deletions in PMS2. Hum Mutat 2011;32:1063-1071

3. Senter L, Clendenning M, Sotamaa K, et al: The clinical phenotype of Lynch syndrome due to germ-line PMS2 mutations. Gastroenterology 2008;135:419-428

4. Clendenning M, Hampel H, LaJeunesse J, et al: Long-range PCR facilitates the identification of PMS2-specific mutations. Hum Mutat 2006;27(5):490-495

5. Vasen HFA, Moslein G, Alonso A, et al: Guidelines for the clinical management of Lynch syndrome (hereditary non-polyposis cancer). J Med Genet 2007;44:353-362

6. Lynch Syndrome-GeneReviews-NCBI Bookshelf. Available from URL: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK1211/


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