Finnish Fanconi anemia mutations and hereditary predisposition to breast and prostate cancer

T. Mantere, M. Haanpää, H. Hanenberg, J. Schleutker, A. Kallioniemi, M. Kähkönen, K. Parto, K. Avela, K. Aittomäki, H. von Koskull, J. M. Hartikainen, V. M. Kosma, S. L. Laasanen, A. Mannermaa, K. Pylkäs, R. Winqvist

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Mutations in downstream Fanconi anemia (FA) pathway genes, BRCA2, PALB2, BRIP1 and RAD51C, explain part of the hereditary breast cancer susceptibility, but the contribution of other FA genes has remained questionable. Due to FA's rarity, the finding of recurrent deleterious FA mutations among breast cancer families is challenging. The use of founder populations, such as the Finns, could provide some advantage in this. Here, we have resolved complementation groups and causative mutations of five FA patients, representing the first mutation confirmed FA cases in Finland. These patients belonged to complementation groups FA-A (n=3), FA-G (n=1) and FA-I (n=1). The prevalence of the six FA causing mutations was then studied in breast (n=1840) and prostate (n=565) cancer cohorts, and in matched controls (n=1176 females, n=469 males). All mutations were recurrent, but no significant association with cancer susceptibility was observed for any: the prevalence of FANCI c.2957_2969del and c.3041G>A mutations was even highest in healthy males (1.7%). This strengthens the exclusive role of downstream genes in cancer predisposition. From a clinical point of view, current results provide fundamental information of the mutations to be tested first in all suspected FA cases in Finland.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)68-73
Number of pages6
JournalClinical Genetics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1 2015



  • Breast cancer
  • Fanconi anemia
  • Founder population
  • Hereditary susceptibility
  • Prostate cancer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics(clinical)
  • Genetics

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Mantere, T., Haanpää, M., Hanenberg, H., Schleutker, J., Kallioniemi, A., Kähkönen, M., Parto, K., Avela, K., Aittomäki, K., von Koskull, H., Hartikainen, J. M., Kosma, V. M., Laasanen, S. L., Mannermaa, A., Pylkäs, K., & Winqvist, R. (2015). Finnish Fanconi anemia mutations and hereditary predisposition to breast and prostate cancer. Clinical Genetics, 88(1), 68-73.