Brief Report| Volume 25, ISSUE 3, 100348, March 2023

A comparative analysis of RAS variants in patients with disorders of somatic mosaicism

Published:November 29, 2022DOI:



      RAS genes (HRAS, KRAS, and NRAS) are commonly found to be mutated in cancers, and activating RAS variants are also found in disorders of somatic mosaicism (DoSM). A survey of the mutational spectrum of RAS variants in DoSM has not been performed.


      A total of 938 individuals with suspected DoSM underwent high-sensitivity clinical next-generation sequencing−based testing. We investigated the mutational spectrum and genotype−phenotype associations of mosaic RAS variants.


      In this article, we present a series of individuals with DoSM with RAS variants. Classic hotspots, including Gly12, Gly13, and Gln61 constituted the majority of RAS variants observed in DoSM. Furthermore, we present 12 individuals with HRAS and KRAS in-frame duplication/insertion (dup/ins) variants in the switch II domain. Among the 18.3% individuals with RAS in-frame dup/ins variants, clinical findings were mainly associated with vascular malformations. Hotspots were associated with a broad phenotypic spectrum, including vascular tumors, vascular malformations, nevoid proliferations, segmental overgrowth, digital anomalies, and combinations of these. The median age at testing was higher and the variant allelic fraction was lower in individuals with in-frame dup/ins variants than those in individuals with mosaic RAS hotspots.


      Our work provides insight into the allelic and clinical heterogeneity of mosaic RAS variants in nonmalignant conditions.


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