Paternal uniparental disomy with segmental loss of heterozygosity of chromosome 11 are hallmark characteristics of syndromic and sporadic embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma

Am J Med Genet A. 2016 Dec;170(12):3197-3206. doi: 10.1002/ajmg.a.37949. Epub 2016 Sep 2.


Costello syndrome (CS) arises from a typically paternally derived germline mutation in the proto-oncogene HRAS, and is considered a rasopathy. CS results in failure-to-thrive, intellectual disabilities, short stature, coarse facial features, skeletal abnormalities, congenital heart disease, and a predisposition for cancer, most commonly embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma (ERMS). The goal of this study was to characterize CS ERMS at the molecular level and to determine how divergent it is from sporadic ERMS. We characterized eleven ERMS tumors from eight unrelated CS patients, carrying paternally derived HRAS c.34G>A (p.Gly12Ser; 6) or c.35G>C (p.Gly12Ala; 2) mutations. Loss of heterozygosity (LOH) was evaluated in all CS ERMS by microarray and/or short tandem repeat (STR) markers spanning the entire chromosome 11. Eight CS ERMS tumors displayed complete paternal uniparental disomy of chromosome 11 (pUPD11), whereas two displayed UPD only at 11p and a second primary ERMS tumor showed UPD limited to 11p15.5, the classical hallmark for ERMS. Three sporadic ERMS cell lines (RD, Rh36, Rh18) and eight formalin fixed paraffin embedded (FFPE) ERMS tumors were also analyzed for RAS mutations and LOH status. We found a higher than anticipated frequency of RAS mutations (HRAS or NRAS; 50%) in sporadic ERMS cell lines/tumors. Unexpectedly, complete uniparental disomy (UPD11) was observed in five specimens, while the other six showed LOH extending across the p and q arms of chromosome 11. In this study, we are able to clearly demonstrate complete UPD11 in both syndromic and sporadic ERMS. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

Keywords: 11p15.5; RAS mutations; chromosome 11; costello syndrome; embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma; loss of heterozygosity; uniparental disomy.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Chromosomes, Human, Pair 11 / genetics
  • Costello Syndrome / complications
  • Costello Syndrome / genetics*
  • Costello Syndrome / pathology
  • Female
  • Genotype
  • Germ-Line Mutation / genetics
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Loss of Heterozygosity / genetics*
  • Proto-Oncogene Mas
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins p21(ras) / genetics
  • Rhabdomyosarcoma, Embryonal / etiology
  • Rhabdomyosarcoma, Embryonal / genetics*
  • Rhabdomyosarcoma, Embryonal / pathology
  • Uniparental Disomy / genetics*
  • Uniparental Disomy / pathology


  • MAS1 protein, human
  • Proto-Oncogene Mas
  • HRAS protein, human
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins p21(ras)