Revisiting Li-Fraumeni Syndrome From TP53 Mutation Carriers

J Clin Oncol. 2015 Jul 20;33(21):2345-52. doi: 10.1200/JCO.2014.59.5728. Epub 2015 May 26.


Purpose: The aim of the study was to update the description of Li-Fraumeni syndrome (LFS), a remarkable cancer predisposition characterized by extensive clinical heterogeneity.

Patients and methods: From 1,730 French patients suggestive of LFS, we identified 415 mutation carriers in 214 families harboring 133 distinct TP53 alterations and updated their clinical presentation.

Results: The 322 affected carriers developed 552 tumors, and 43% had developed multiple malignancies. The mean age of first tumor onset was 24.9 years, 41% having developed a tumor by age 18. In childhood, the LFS tumor spectrum was characterized by osteosarcomas, adrenocortical carcinomas (ACC), CNS tumors, and soft tissue sarcomas (STS) observed in 30%, 27%, 26%, and 23% of the patients, respectively. In adults, the tumor distribution was characterized by the predominance of breast carcinomas observed in 79% of the females, and STS observed in 27% of the patients. The TP53 mutation detection rate in children presenting with ACC or choroid plexus carcinomas, and in females with breast cancer before age 31 years, without additional features indicative of LFS, was 45%, 42% and 6%, respectively. The mean age of tumor onset was statistically different (P < .05) between carriers harboring dominant-negative missense mutations (21.3 years) and those with all types of loss of function mutations (28.5 years) or genomic rearrangements (35.8 years). Affected children, except those with ACC, harbored mostly dominant-negative missense mutations.

Conclusion: The clinical gradient of the germline TP53 mutations, which should be validated by other studies, suggests that it might be appropriate to stratify the clinical management of LFS according to the class of the mutation.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age of Onset
  • Female
  • France / epidemiology
  • Genetic Testing
  • Genotype
  • Germ-Line Mutation
  • Humans
  • Li-Fraumeni Syndrome / epidemiology
  • Li-Fraumeni Syndrome / genetics*
  • Male
  • Phenotype
  • Sequence Analysis, DNA
  • Tumor Suppressor Protein p53 / genetics*


  • Tumor Suppressor Protein p53