A critical mutation in both WT1 alleles is not sufficient to cause Wilms' tumor

FEBS Lett. 1995 Feb 20;360(1):26-8. doi: 10.1016/0014-5793(95)00071-g.


The WT1 gene is a tumor suppressor gene for Wilms' tumor (WT). Inactivation of both alleles has been proposed as the cause of WT. We encountered a patient with Denys-Drash syndrome associated with WT whose WT1 gene had a homozygous point mutation not only in WT but also in renal tissue adjacent to the WT and in the germline. These findings indicate that factor(s) other than the loss of WT1 are required for WT to develop.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Alleles*
  • Base Sequence
  • Blotting, Southern
  • DNA Primers
  • Genes, Wilms Tumor*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Mutation*
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Wilms Tumor / etiology
  • Wilms Tumor / genetics*


  • DNA Primers