Rare occurrence of PHOX2b mutations in sporadic neuroblastomas

Alexandre Serra*, Beate Häberle, Inke R. König, Roland Kappler, Meinolf Suttorp, Hans K. Schackert, Dietmar Roesner, Guido Fitze

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Neuroblastomas (NBs) are frequent solid tumors in childhood for which no specific genetic marker linked to their development has been identified to date. PHOX2b, which regulates the autonomic neuron development, has been associated with the development of autonomic diseases, and has been considered a potential candidate gene for neural crest-derived tumors such as NB. To ascertain the role of the PHOX2b gene in NB development, we have sequenced the complete PHOX2b coding region in tumors from 69 patients with sporadic NB, while 130 blood donors served as negative controls and 9 NB cell lines as positive controls. We found a missense deletion in exon 3 in a cell line. A further silent mutation in exon 3 (c.870C>A) was observed in 3 tumors but in none of the controls. A new polymorphism in intron 1 (IVS1-114 G>A) was observed in 31 tumor samples (44.9%) and in 68 controls (52.3%). We did not find any conclusive association of the polymorphisms or mutations in PHOX2b with the development of NB, although the large confidence intervals neither substantiate nor exclude a role for this gene in the tumor etiology.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Issue number10
Pages (from-to)728-732
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 10.2008


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