Characteristics of MUTYH variants in Japanese colorectal polyposis patients

Int J Clin Oncol. 2018 Jun;23(3):497-503. doi: 10.1007/s10147-017-1234-7. Epub 2018 Jan 12.


Background: The base excision repair gene MUTYH is the causative gene of colorectal polyposis syndrome, which is an autosomal recessive disorder associated with a high risk of colorectal cancer. Since few studies have investigated the genotype-phenotype association in Japanese patients with MUTYH variants, the aim of this study was to clarify the clinicopathological findings in Japanese patients with MUTYH gene variants who were detected by screening causative genes associated with hereditary colorectal polyposis.

Methods: After obtaining informed consent, genetic testing was performed using target enrichment sequencing of 26 genes, including MUTYH.

Results: Of the 31 Japanese patients with suspected hereditary colorectal polyposis, eight MUTYH variants were detected in five patients. MUTYH hotspot variants known for Caucasians, namely p.G396D and p.Y179D, were not among the detected variants.Of five patients, two with biallelic MUTYH variants were diagnosed with MUTYH-associated polyposis, while two others had monoallelic MUTYH variants. One patient had the p.P18L and p.G25D variants on the same allele; however, supportive data for considering these two variants 'pathogenic' were lacking.

Conclusions: Two patients with biallelic MUTYH variants and two others with monoallelic MUTYH variants were identified among Japanese colorectal polyposis patients. Hotspot variants of the MUTYH gene for Caucasians were not hotspots for Japanese patients.

Keywords: Hereditary colorectal tumor; MUTYH gene; Multiple colorectal tumors.

MeSH terms

  • Adenomatous Polyposis Coli / etiology*
  • Adenomatous Polyposis Coli / genetics
  • Adenomatous Polyposis Coli / pathology
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Alleles
  • Asians / genetics
  • Cohort Studies
  • DNA Glycosylases / genetics*
  • Female
  • Genetic Variation
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mutation
  • Whites / genetics


  • DNA Glycosylases
  • mutY adenine glycosylase