Mutations in AXIN2 gene as a risk factor for tooth agenesis and cancer: A review.

  Vol. 38 (3) 2017 Neuro endocrinology letters Journal Article   2017; 38(3): 131-137 PubMed PMID:  28759178    Citation

: AXIN2 gene plays a crucial role in morphogenesis of craniofacial area and is essential for tooth development. AXIN2 gene is one of the most studied genes associated with tooth agenesis, the most common defect of dentition in humans. Polymorphic variants in AXIN2 gene are discussed in relation to the occurrence of the tooth agenesis but also as an indication of the risk of cancer. Mutations in AXIN2 gene were found in patients with colorectal or hepatocellular carcinoma, prostate cancer, ovarium or lung cancer. These findings support the hypothesis that missing teeth may be a significant marker for predisposition for cancer.