10q23del; 10q23del, BZS, CWS1, DEC, GLM2, MHAM, MMAC1, PTEN1, TEP1; BZS; CWS1; DEC; GLM2; MHAM; MMAC1; PTEN1; TEP1
The PTEN gene is associated with autosomal dominant PTEN hamartoma tumor syndrome (PHTS) including the clinical subtypes of Cowden syndrome, Bannayan-Riley-Ruvalcaba syndrome, PTEN-related Proteus syndrome, and Proteus-like syndrome (MedGen UID: 368366).
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PTEN is a tumor suppressor gene that has roles in controlling cellular migration, adhesion, and angiogenesis. The PTEN gene encodes a phosphatase that negatively regulates intracellular levels of phosphatidylinositol-3,4,5-trisphosphate and the AKT/PKB signaling pathway. These functions help prevent uncontrolled cell growth that can lead to the formation of tumors.
MedGen UID: 368366
The PTEN hamartoma tumor syndrome (PHTS) is a spectrum of highly variable conditions with overlapping features. This spectrum includes Cowden syndrome (CS), Bannayan-Riley-Ruvalcaba syndrome (BRRS), and PTEN-related autism spectrum disorder (PMID: 20301661, 26827793, 12938083). The term PHTS was coined to describe any individual with a germline pathogenic PTEN variant, regardless of clinical presentation (PMID: 25132236).
PHTS is a multisystemic disorder primarily characterized by noncancerous tumor-like growths called hamartomas that can develop throughout the body, as well as increased risk of primarily adult-onset cancers (PMID: 26564076). Cancers most commonly associated with PHTS syndrome include breast, thyroid, and uterine cancers; there is also an increased risk of kidney, colorectal, melanoma, and central nervous system cancer. Reported cancer-specific risks in PHTS include (PMID: 22252256, 20565722, 23335809, 26564076, 26827793, 25132236):
Affected women have an increased risk of both primary and secondary breast cancer (PMID: 25132236). Among those who have already had one breast cancer diagnosis, the risk for another primary breast cancer within the next 10 years is 29% (PMID: 24778394). Among PTEN-associated cancers, thyroid cancer presents the earliest with cases reported in childhood (PMID: 25132236).
Lhermitte-Duclos disease (LDD) and specific mucocutaneous lesions are pathognomonic findings of PHTS. LDD is a rare, benign brain tumor defined as a cerebellar dysplastic gangliocytoma (PMID: 26564076). The mucocutaneous lesions include facial trichilemmomas, mucosal papillomatous papules, and acral and plantar keratoses (PMID: 20301661, 26827793). A trichilemmoma is a hamartomatous proliferation arising from the cells of a hair follicle, most often observed on the face and neck. Mucosal papillomas typically present along the tongue, gums, or nasal epithelia (PMID: 26564076). On gross examination, the acral and palmoplantar keratoses appear as small, verrucous hyperkeratotic papules similar to viral warts or small keratoses with a central depression (PMID: 26564076).
Thyroid pathology includes multinodular goiter, adenomatous nodules, follicular adenomas and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (PMID: 26564076, 23934601, 21659347, 25132236, 6863628). Gastrointestinal polyps are present in most adults with PHTS (PMID: 26564076). Polyp types include hamartomas, hyperplastic polyps, ganglioneuromas, and adenomas (PMID: 26564076, 20301661).
Other characteristic features of PHTS include macrocephaly and dolichocephaly (PMID: 26564076). The macrocephaly in PHTS is due to overgrowth of brain tissues as opposed to hydrocephalus (PMID: 26564076). Approximately 94% of people with PHTS have head circumferences greater than two standard deviations for age and sex (PMID: 26564076).
Pathogenic variants in PTEN are associated with developmental delay, intellectual disability, and autism spectrum disorder, with and without macrocephaly (PMID: 26564076, 19265751, 25288137). The range of developmental impact varies widely, ranging from absent cognitive issues and normal-to-superior IQ, to severe autism spectrum disorder with or without intellectual disability (PMID: 26564076). More frequent white matter abnormalities and more significant cognitive delays have been reported in individuals with PTEN-related autism spectrum disorder versus non-PTEN-related autism spectrum disorder (PMID: 19265751, 25288137).
More than 90% of affected individuals will display clinical findings by the third decade of life (PMID: 20301661). While symptoms can present at any age, many affected children are first ascertained for macrocephaly, neurodevelopmental delays, and/or benign skin lesions such as lipomas or penile freckling; however, the mucocutaneous features may go unrecognized (PMID: 26564076).
Additional clinical findings described in PHTS include various benign tumors such as fibrocystic breast disease (PMID: 23335809, 25132236, 9445133, 3698331), uterine fibroids (PMID: 23335809, 3698331), ovarian cysts (PMID: 23335809, 6863628) and cerebrovascular malformations (PMID: 23335809, 25132236, 17526801). However, because fibrocystic breasts and uterine fibroids are common in the general population, it is uncertain if these are significant in their association with PHTS (PMID: 21659347).
Clinical diagnostic criteria for PHTS
Clinical diagnostic criteria for PHTS have been established (PMID: 24136893). A clinical diagnosis can be established for those with either of the following:
Atypical PTEN-Associated Subtypes
PHTS has a phenotypic subtype that manifests with asymmetric overgrowth, macrocephaly, cutaneous vascular malformations, and tumor susceptibility. While the full spectrum of this subtype is unclear, it has been reported to occur as the consequence of a germline pathogenic variant in PTEN in addition to a somatic, mosaic second deleterious PTEN variant contributing to the segmental attributes (PMID: 11476841, 11755638, 27890237, 17388921, 17392703). This subtype has also been described as type II segmental Cowden syndrome (PMID: 17388921) and SOLAMEN syndrome (PMID: 17392703) in the literature.
PTEN is a tumor-suppressor gene that antagonizes the PI3K-AKT/PKB signaling pathway and modulates cell cycle progression and cell survival (UniProtKB – P60484 (PTEN_HUMAN); http://www.uniprot.org/uniprot/P60484. Accessed February 2017). Evidence suggests that PTEN plays a role in cell migration, adhesion, and angiogenesis (NCBI. PTEN gene. https://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/gene/PTEN. Accessed February 2017). If there is a pathogenic variant in this gene that prevents it from functioning normally, the risk of developing certain types of cancers may be increased.
Pathogenic variants in the PTEN gene have autosomal dominant inheritance. This means that an individual with a pathogenic variant has a 50% chance of passing the condition on to his/her offspring. With this result, it is now possible to identify at-risk relatives who can pursue testing for this specific familial variant. Most cases are inherited from a parent, but up to 44% occur spontaneously (i.e., an individual with a pathogenic variant has parents who do not have it) (PMID: 25132236). This means that the individual did not inherit the pathogenic variant from either parent, but now has a 50% risk of passing it on to future offspring.
Medical management guidelines for individuals with PHTS have been established by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) (NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®) Genetic/Familial High-Risk Assessment: Breast and Ovarian. Version 2.2017, Accessed February 14, 2017):
Management recommendations for women include:
Management recommendations for both men and women include:
An individual’s cancer risk and medical management are not determined by genetic test results alone. Overall cancer risk assessment incorporates additional factors, including personal medical history, family history, as well as available genetic information that may result in a personalized plan for cancer prevention and surveillance.
It is advantageous to know if a pathogenic PTEN variant is present as medical management recommendations can be implemented. At-risk relatives can be identified, allowing pursuit of a diagnostic evaluation. In addition, the available information regarding hereditary cancer susceptibility genes is constantly evolving and more clinically relevant PTEN data is likely to become available in the near future. Awareness of this cancer predisposition allows patients and their providers to be vigilant in maintaining close and regular contact with their local genetics clinic in anticipation of new information, inform at-risk family members, and diligently follow condition-specific screening protocols.
Review date: March 2017
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