Mutational spectrum of ATRX aberrations in neuroblastoma and associated patient and tumor characteristics

Michael R. van Gerven, Eva Bozsaky, Yvette A.H. Matser, Julian Vosseberg, Sabine Taschner-Mandl, Jan Koster, Godelieve A.M. Tytgat, Jan J. Molenaar, Marlinde van den Boogaard

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Neuroblastoma is the most common extracranial solid tumor in children. The chromatin remodeler ATRX is frequently mutated in high-risk patients with a poor prognosis. Although many studies have reported ATRX aberrations and the associated clinical characteristics in neuroblastoma, a comprehensive overview is currently lacking. In this study, we extensively characterize the mutational spectrum of ATRX aberrations in neuroblastoma tumors reported in previous studies and present an overview of patient and tumor characteristics. We collected the data of a total of 127 neuroblastoma patients and three cell lines with ATRX aberrations originating from 20 papers. We subdivide the ATRX aberrations into nonsense, missense, and multiexon deletions (MEDs) and show that 68% of them are MEDs. Of these MEDs, 75% are predicted to be in-frame. Furthermore, we identify a missense mutational hotspot region in the helicase domain. We also confirm that all three ATRX mutation types are more often identified in patients diagnosed at an older age, but still approximately 40% of the patients are aged 5 years or younger at diagnosis. Surprisingly, we found that 11q deletions are enriched in neuroblastomas with ATRX deletions compared to a reference cohort, but not in neuroblastomas with ATRX point mutations. Taken together, our data emphasizes a distinct ATRX mutation spectrum in neuroblastoma, which should be considered when studying molecular phenotypes and therapeutic strategies.

Originele taal-2Engels
Pagina's (van-tot)2167-2178
Aantal pagina's12
TijdschriftCancer Science
Nummer van het tijdschrift6
StatusGepubliceerd - jun. 2022


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