Context: Hyperparathyroidism-jaw tumor syndrome (HPT-JT) is an autosomal dominant syndrome with incomplete penetrance that can associate in a single patient parathyroid adenoma or carcinoma, fibro-osseous jaw tumor, cystic kidney lesion, and uterine tumor. Germline mutations of the HRPT2 gene (CDC73) coding for parafibromin are identified in approximately 50%-75% of HPT-JT cases and in approximately 14% of familial isolated hyperparathyroidism. A whole deletion of this gene has recently been reported in 1 sporadic case and in a family presenting with HPT-JT.
Objective: The objective of the study was to report molecular abnormalities of the HRPT2 gene in patients with primary hyperparathyroidism in a French National cohort from the Groupe d'Étude des Tumeurs Endocrines.
Methods: Patients' genomic DNA was screened by PCR-based sequencing for point mutations affecting HRPT2 and real-time quantitative PCR analysis for gross deletions.
Results: We report 20 index patients with a germinal HRPT2 abnormality. Median age at diagnosis of primary hyperparathyroidism was 23 years (range 14-65 years). Median serum total calcium level at diagnosis was 3.19 mmol/L (range 2.8-4.3 mmol/L). Thirteen different mutations were identified by routine sequencing, including 7 mutations never reported. Seven patients (35%) carried a gross deletion of this gene (3 complete and 4 partial deletions). No genotype-phenotype correlation could be identified. A gross deletion of the HRPT2 gene was identified in 7% of patients for whom a routine screening by direct sequencing came up as negative.
Conclusion: Gross deletion analysis of the HRPT2 gene is indicated for all patients negative for mutation, presenting with HPT-JT or familial isolated hyperparathyroidism, parathyroid carcinoma, or in patients with apparently sporadic parathyroid adenoma diagnosed at a young age, having a severe hypercalcemia.