Clues For Genetic Anticipation In Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Type 1

Medard F.M. van den Broek, Bernadette P.M. van Nesselrooij, Carolina R.C. Pieterman, Annemarie A. Verrijn Stuart, Annenienke C. van de Ven, Wouter W. de Herder, Olaf M. Dekkers, Madeleine L. Drent, Bas Havekes, Michiel N. Kerstens, Peter H. Bisschop, Gerlof D. Valk

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CONTEXT: Multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 (MEN1) is a rare autosomal dominant hereditary disease caused by the loss of function of the MEN1 gene, a tumor-suppressor gene that encodes the protein menin. It is characterized by the occurrence of primary hyperparathyroidism (pHPT), duodenopancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (dpNET), pituitary tumors (PIT), adrenal adenomas, and bronchopulmonary (bp-NET), thymic, and gastric neuroendocrine tumors. More insight into factors influencing the age-related penetrance of MEN1 manifestations could provide clues for more personalized screening programs. OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether genetic anticipation plays a role in the largest known MEN1 families in the Netherlands. METHODS: All Dutch MEN1 families with ≥ 10 affected members in ≥ 2 successive generations were identified. Age at detection of the different MEN1-related manifestations were compared among generations using regression analyses adjusted for competing risks. To correct for the beneficial effect of being under surveillance, manifestations occurring during surveillance were also separately compared. RESULTS: A total of 152 MEN1 patients from 10 families were included. A significantly decreased age at detection of pHPT, dpNET, PIT, and bp-NET was found in successive generations (P < 0.0001). Adjusted analyses led to the same results. CONCLUSIONS: These results suggest the presence of genetic anticipation. However, due to a risk of residual bias, the results must be interpreted with caution. After independent validation in other cohorts and further translational research investigating the molecular mechanisms explaining this phenomenon in MEN1, the results might add to future, more personalized, screening protocols and earlier screening for future generations of MEN1 patients.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberdgaa257
JournalThe Journal of clinical endocrinology and metabolism
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2020


  • age of onset
  • genetic anticipation
  • multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1
  • surveillance

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