Childhood Rhabdomyosarcoma in Association with a RASopathy Clinical Phenotype and Mosaic Germline SOS1 Duplication

Baheyeldin Salem, Sean Hofherr, Joyce Turner, Leslie Doros, Patroula Smpokou

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Childhood rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS) accounts for approximately 3.5% of cancer cases among children 0 to 14 years of age. Genetic conditions associated with high risk of childhood RMS include Li-Fraumeni syndrome, pleuropulmonary blastoma, Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome, and some RASopathies, such as neurofibromatosis type 1, Costello syndrome (CS), and Noonan syndrome (NS). Here, we report the rare case of a 4-year-old girl with clinical features of NS who developed an embryonal RMS of the chest and needed emergent treatment. Molecular genetic testing identified a de novo, large, mosaic duplication of chromosome 2 encompassing the SOS1 gene, presumably caused by a mosaic, unbalanced translocation between chromosomes 2 and 17 found on routine cytogenetic analysis. Sequence analysis of all known genes causing Noonan spectrum disorders was negative. RMS has been reported in a few patients with NS, associated in very few with germline SOS1 mutations, but none with copy number abnormalities. This is the first report to our knowledge of early-onset RMS developing in a child with features of NS and a mosaic RAS pathway gene aberration, a large SOS1 duplication. We hypothesize that the inciting event for tumor development in this case is due to the germline mosaic duplication of SOS1, which was duplicated in all cells of the tumor, and the ultimate development of the tumor was further driven by multiple chromosomal aberrations in the tumor itself, all described as somatic events in isolated RMS tumors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e278-e282
JournalJournal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Issue number8
StatePublished - Nov 1 2016


  • Noonan syndrome
  • RAS/MAPK pathway
  • RASopathy
  • SOS 1
  • rhabdomyosarcoma


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