Retinoblastoma is a malignant tumor of the retina in children <5 years of age and occurs after two mutations in the RB1 gene. The first mutation (M1) is germinal and confers predisposition to the hereditary type, which is transmitted as an autosomal dominant highly penetrant trait, so 90 % of carriers develop retinoblastoma; however, 10 % of carriers either do not develop the tumor or develop it unilaterally. Most mutations are point mutations. Inactivation of the RB1 gene is usually caused by mutations affecting the coding region. Silencing by methylation of the RB1 promoter has been observed in retinoblastoma tumors as a second mutation (M2) and is classified as somatic epimutation. Germline methylation of the RB1 gene promoter was studied in a particular pedigree of six generations from the paternal side, with incomplete penetrance and bias towards healthy male carriers and those affected with unilateral retinoblastoma.
Última actualización: 21/10/2016