Somatic and Germline TP53 Alterations in Second Malignant Neoplasms from Pediatric Cancer Survivors

Clin Cancer Res. 2017 Apr 1;23(7):1852-1861. doi: 10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-16-0610. Epub 2016 Sep 28.


Purpose: Second malignant neoplasms (SMNs) are severe late complications that occur in pediatric cancer survivors exposed to radiotherapy and other genotoxic treatments. To characterize the mutational landscape of treatment-induced sarcomas and to identify candidate SMN-predisposing variants, we analyzed germline and SMN samples from pediatric cancer survivors.Experimental Design: We performed whole-exome sequencing (WES) and RNA sequencing on radiation-induced sarcomas arising from two pediatric cancer survivors. To assess the frequency of germline TP53 variants in SMNs, Sanger sequencing was performed to analyze germline TP53 in 37 pediatric cancer survivors from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study (CCSS) without any history of a familial cancer predisposition syndrome but known to have developed SMNs.Results: WES revealed TP53 mutations involving p53's DNA-binding domain in both index cases, one of which was also present in the germline. The germline and somatic TP53-mutant variants were enriched in the transcriptomes for both sarcomas. Analysis of TP53-coding exons in germline specimens from the CCSS survivor cohort identified a G215C variant encoding an R72P amino acid substitution in 6 patients and a synonymous SNP A639G in 4 others, resulting in 10 of 37 evaluable patients (27%) harboring a germline TP53 variant.Conclusions: Currently, germline TP53 is not routinely assessed in patients with pediatric cancer. These data support the concept that identifying germline TP53 variants at the time a primary cancer is diagnosed may identify patients at high risk for SMN development, who could benefit from modified therapeutic strategies and/or intensive posttreatment monitoring. Clin Cancer Res; 23(7); 1852-61. ©2016 AACR.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Cancer Survivors
  • Child
  • Exome Sequencing
  • Genetic Predisposition to Disease
  • Germ-Line Mutation
  • Humans
  • Loss of Heterozygosity
  • Male
  • Neoplasms / genetics*
  • Neoplasms / pathology
  • Neoplasms, Second Primary / genetics*
  • Neoplasms, Second Primary / pathology
  • Pediatrics
  • Polymorphism, Single Nucleotide
  • Tumor Suppressor Protein p53 / genetics*


  • TP53 protein, human
  • Tumor Suppressor Protein p53