Short Communication| Volume 208, ISSUE 12, P621-624, December 2015

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Mutated MCM9 is associated with predisposition to hereditary mixed polyposis and colorectal cancer in addition to primary ovarian failure

      Mutations in MCM9, which encodes DNA helicase, were recently shown to cause a clinical phenotype of primary ovarian failure and chromosomal instability. MCM9 plays an essential role in homologous recombination-mediated double-strand break repair. We describe a multiplex family with early colorectal carcinoma and mixed polyposis associated with primary hypergonadotropic hypogonadism. A combination of whole genome homozygosity mapping as well as exome sequencing and targeted gene sequencing identified a homozygous c.672_673delGGinsC mutation that predicts a truncated protein, p.Glu225Lysfs*4. Our data expand the phenotypic spectrum of MCM9 mutations and suggest a link between MCM9 and inherited predisposition to mixed polyposis and early-onset colorectal cancer.


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