Functionally Null RAD51D Missense Mutation Associates Strongly with Ovarian Carcinoma

Cancer Res. 2017 Aug 15;77(16):4517-4529. doi: 10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-17-0190. Epub 2017 Jun 23.


RAD51D is a key player in DNA repair by homologous recombination (HR), and RAD51D truncating variant carriers have an increased risk for ovarian cancer. However, the contribution of nontruncating RAD51D variants to cancer predisposition remains uncertain. Using deep sequencing and case-control genotyping studies, we show that in French Canadians, the missense RAD51D variant c.620C>T;p.S207L is highly prevalent and is associated with a significantly increased risk for ovarian high-grade serous carcinoma (HGSC; 3.8% cases vs. 0.2% controls). The frequency of the p.S207L variant did not significantly differ from that of controls in breast, endometrial, pancreas, or colorectal adenocarcinomas. Functionally, we show that this mutation impairs HR by disrupting the RAD51D-XRCC2 interaction and confers PARP inhibitor sensitivity. These results highlight the importance of a functional RAD51D-XRCC2 interaction to promote HR and prevent the development of HGSC. This study identifies c.620C>T;p.S207L as the first bona fide pathogenic RAD51D missense cancer susceptibility allele and supports the use of targeted PARP-inhibitor therapies in ovarian cancer patients carrying deleterious missense RAD51D variants. Cancer Res; 77(16); 4517-29. ©2017 AACR.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Case-Control Studies
  • DNA-Binding Proteins / genetics*
  • Female
  • Genotype
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Mutation
  • Mutation, Missense*
  • Ovarian Neoplasms / genetics*
  • Ovarian Neoplasms / pathology
  • Pedigree
  • Polymorphism, Single Nucleotide


  • DNA-Binding Proteins
  • RAD51D protein, human