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Vietri M.T.,Biophysics and General Pathology | Molinari A.M.,Biophysics and General Pathology | Caliendo G.,Biophysics and General Pathology | De Paola M.L.,Biophysics and General Pathology | And 4 more authors.
Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine | Year: 2013

Background: Double heterozygosity (DH) is an extremely rare event in which both BRCA1 and BRCA2 are mutated simultaneously in a family. To date, few cases of DH have been reported, especially in Ashkenazi populations. In Italy some cases of DH have been reported. In this study, we have described an Italian family with double heterozygosity in the BRCA genes. Methods: The proband is a 43-year-old woman with bilateral breast cancer. She presented two pathogenic mutations in both BRCA genes, IVS8+2T>A (c.547+2T>A;p.Gln148Aspfsx51) in BRCA1, K944X (c.2830A>T;p.Lys944X) in BRCA2 and a novel variant IVS4-57A>G (c.426-57A>G) in BRCA2, not previously described. Both mutations were inherited from the paternal lineage in the proband's family. We investigated all available members of this family and we identified other two family members with DH. Results and conclusions: Our observations support the hypothesis of a non-specific severe phenotype in DH carriers in terms of age of disease onset, cumulative lifetime risk and multiple primary tumours. Furthermore, our findings confirm that in order to identify all cases of DH, it is important not to limit the identification of mutations in a single gene, but extend the analysis to BRCA1 and BRCA2 and other breast cancer susceptibility genes. © 2013 by Walter de Gruyter Berlin Boston 2013.

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