Next-Generation Sequencing Identifies BRCA1 and/or BRCA2 Mutations in Women at High Hereditary Risk for Breast Cancer with Shorter Telomere Length

Eyuboglu I. P., Yenmis G., Bingol E. N., Yuksel S., TOKAT F., ÖZBEK SARICA P., ...More

OMICS-A JOURNAL OF INTEGRATIVE BIOLOGY, vol.24, no.1, pp.5-15, 2020 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 24 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1089/omi.2019.0103
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, BIOSIS, CAB Abstracts, Chemical Abstracts Core, EMBASE, MEDLINE, Veterinary Science Database
  • Page Numbers: pp.5-15
  • Keywords: breast cancer, BRCA1, BRCA2, telomere length, next-generation sequencing, family history, REPLICATION, DEPLETION, DYNAMICS
  • Acibadem Mehmet Ali Aydinlar University Affiliated: Yes


Telomeres, and telomere length in particular, have broad significance for genome biology and thus are prime research targets for complex diseases such as cancers. In this context, BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations have been implicated in relationship to telomere length, and breast cancer susceptibility. Yet, the linkages among human genetic variation and telomere length in persons with high hereditary cancer risk are inadequately mapped. We report here original findings in 113 unrelated women at high hereditary risk for breast cancer, who were characterized for the BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations using next-generation sequencing. Thirty-one BRCA2 and 21 BRCA1 mutations were identified in 47 subjects (41.6%). The women with a mutation in BRCA1 and/or BRCA2 genes had, on average, 12% shorter telomere compared to women with no BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation (p = 0.0139). Moreover, the association between telomere length and BRCA mutation status held up upon stratified analysis in those with or without a breast cancer diagnosis. We also indentified two rare mutations, c.536_537insT and c.10078A>G, and a novel mutation c.8680C>G in BRCA2 that was studied further by homology modeling of the DNA binding tower domain of BRCA2 and the structure of the protein. These data collectively lend evidence to the idea that BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations play a role in telomere length in women at high hereditary risk for breast cancer. Further clinical and diagnostics discovery research on BRCA1 and BRCA2 variation, telomere length, and breast cancer mechanistic linkages are called for in larger study samples.