Variable expressivity of familial medullary thyroid carcinoma (FMTC) due to a RET V804M (GTG-->ATG) mutation

G L FeldmanC E Jackson


Multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2 (MEN 2) and familial medullary thyroid carcinoma (FMTC) are autosomal dominantly inherited cancer syndromes that predispose to C-cell hyperplasia and MTC. MEN 2A and FMTC are caused by mutations in the RET proto-oncogene. We used a multiplex polymerase chain reaction-based assay to screen exons 10, 11, 13, and 14 of RET for mutations in 2 families with FMTC. We correlated mutation status with calcitonin and pathologic studies to determine genotype-phenotype correlations. We identified a mutation in codon 804 in exon 14 (GTG-->ATG; V804M) in both families. An 86-year-old person who was a gene carrier and other individuals over age 70 who were suspected by pedigree analysis to be gene carriers had no overt clinical evidence of MTC. Four of 21 patients who underwent a thyroidectomy also had papillary thyroid cancer. One individual in each family had metastatic MTC at age 30 and 32 years, and all 26 people having thyroidectomies had either MTC or C-cell hyperplasia, leading us to continue to recommend prophylactic thyroidectomy for all identified patients who were gene carriers. Because of active MTC in younger members of these families, including metastases, we have continued to advocate thyroid...Continue Reading


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