PALB2mutations 1592delT and 229delT are not present in Korean breast cancer patients negative forBRCA1andBRCA2mutations

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PALB2 is a recently discovered breast cancer susceptibility gene, and mutations in the gene have been demonstrated to confer about twofold higher risk of breast cancer. Truncating mutations in PALB2 gene have been identified in varied populations. However, PALB2's significance to breast cancer has not been investigated in the Korean population. In this study, we evaluated the frequency of PALB2 1592delT and 229delT mutations in 300 Korean breast cancer patients diagnosed with either familial or early-onset breast cancer. All patients were confirmed negative for BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations. Neither 1592delT nor 229delT mutations was found in any of the study cohort. Our results imply that these mutations are absent or rare in Korean patients who are negative for BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations. We found no evidence to recommend screening for these mutations in the Korean population. However, PALB2 mutations have been demonstrated infrequent and inhomogeneous across investigated populations. Thus, screening the whole PALB2 gene for novel mutations is required to elucidate its significance in predisposition to breast cancer in Korean women.

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