SET domain containing 1B gene is mutated in primary hepatic neuroendocrine tumors. Academic Article uri icon


  • Primary hepatic neuroendocrine tumors (PHNETs) are extremely rare NETs originating from the liver. These tumors are associated with heterogeneous prognosis, and few treatment targets for PHNETs have been identified. Because the major genetic alterations in PHNET are still largely unknown, we performed whole-exome sequencing of 22 paired tissues from PHNET patients and identified 22 recurring mutations of somatic genes involved in the following activities: epigenetic modification (BPTF, MECP2 and WDR5), cell cycle (TP53, ATM, MED12, DIDO1 and ATAD5) and neural development (UBR4, MEN1, GLUL and GIGYF2). Here, we show that TP53 and the SET domain containing the 1B gene (SETD1B) are the most frequently mutated genes in this set of samples (3/22 subjects, 13.6%). A biological analysis suggests that one of the three SETD1B mutants, A1054del, promotes cell proliferation, migration and invasion compared to wild-type SETD1B. Our work unveils that SETD1B A1054del mutant is functional in PHNET and implicates genes including TP53 in the disease. Our findings thus characterize the mutational landscapes of PHNET and implicate novel gene mutations linked to PHNET pathogenesis and potential therapeutic targets.

published proceedings

  • Int J Cancer

author list (cited authors)

  • Yang, P., Huang, X., Lai, C., Li, L., Li, T., Huang, P., ... Zhang, S.

citation count

  • 10

complete list of authors

  • Yang, Penghui||Huang, Xuanlin||Lai, Chengcai||Li, Lin||Li, Tieling||Huang, Peide||Ouyang, Songying||Yan, Jin||Cheng, Sijie||Lei, Guanglin||Wang, Zhaohai||Yu, Linxiang||Hong, Zhixian||Li, Ruisheng||Dong, Hui||Wang, Cheng||Yu, Yinghao||Wang, Xuan||Li, Xianghong||Wang, Liming||Lv, Fudong||Yin, Ye||Yang, Huanming||Song, Jianxun||Gao, Qiang||Wang, Xiliang||Zhang, Shaogeng

publication date

  • December 2019