Whole Exome Sequencing of Patients with Steroid-Resistant Nephrotic Syndrome.
ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES:Steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome overwhelmingly progresses to ESRD. More than 30 monogenic genes have been identified to cause steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome. We previously detected causative mutations using targeted panel sequencing in 30% of patients with steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome. Panel sequencing has a number of limitations when compared with whole exome sequencing. We employed whole exome sequencing to detect monogenic causes of steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome in an international cohort of 300 families. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS, & MEASUREMENTS:Three hundred thirty-five individuals with steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome from 300 families were recruited from April of 1998 to June of 2016. Age of onset was restricted to <25 years of age. Exome data were evaluated for 33 known monogenic steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome genes. RESULTS:In 74 of 300 families (25%), we identified a causative mutation in one of 20 genes known to cause steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome. In 11 families (3.7%), we detected a mutation in a gene that causes a phenocopy of steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome. This is consistent with our previously published identification of mutations using a panel approach. We detected a causative mutation in a known steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome gene in 38% of consanguineous families and in 13% of nonconsanguineous families, and 48% of children with congenital nephrotic syndrome. A total of 68 different mutations were detected in 20 of 33 steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome genes. Fifteen of these mutations were novel. NPHS1, PLCE1, NPHS2, and SMARCAL1 were the most common genes in which we detected a mutation. In another 28% of families, we detected mutations in one or more candidate genes for steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome. CONCLUSIONS:Whole exome sequencing is a sensitive approach toward diagnosis of monogenic causes of steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome. A molecular genetic diagnosis of steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome may have important consequences for the management of treatment and kidney transplantation in steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome.
Project description:BACKGROUND:Alport syndrome (AS) and atypical hemolytic-uremic syndrome (aHUS) are rare forms of chronic kidney disease (CKD) that can lead to a severe decline of renal function. Steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome (SRNS) is more common than AS and aHUS and causes 10% of childhood-onset CKD. In recent years, multiple monogenic causes of AS, aHUS and SRNS have been identified, but their relative prevalence has yet to be studied together in a typical pediatric cohort of children with proteinuria and hematuria. We hypothesized that identification of causative mutations by whole exome sequencing (WES) in known monogenic nephritis and nephrosis genes would allow distinguishing nephritis from nephrosis in a typical pediatric group of patients with both proteinuria and hematuria at any level. METHODS:We therefore conducted an exon sequencing (WES) analysis for 11 AS, aHUS and thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura-causing genes in an international cohort of 371 patients from 362 families presenting with both proteinuria and hematuria before age 25 years. In parallel, we conducted either WES or high-throughput exon sequencing for 23 SRNS-causing genes in all patients. RESULTS:We detected pathogenic mutations in 18 of the 34 genes analyzed, leading to a molecular diagnosis in 14.1% of families (51 of 362). Disease-causing mutations were detected in 3 AS-causing genes (4.7%), 3 aHUS-causing genes (1.4%) and 12 NS-causing genes (8.0%). We observed a much higher mutation detection rate for monogenic forms of CKD in consanguineous families (35.7% versus 10.1%). CONCLUSIONS:We present the first estimate of relative frequency of inherited AS, aHUS and NS in a typical pediatric cohort with proteinuria and hematuria. Important therapeutic and preventative measures may result from mutational analysis in individuals with proteinuria and hematuria.
Project description:BACKGROUND:Heterozygous PAX2 mutations cause renal coloboma syndrome (RCS) [OMIM no. 120330]. RCS is a renal syndromic disease encompassing retinal coloboma and sensorineural hearing loss. Recently, a causative role for PAX2 was reported in adult-onset nephrotic syndrome secondary to focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS). However, the prevalence of PAX2 mutations among large cohort of children with steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome (SRNS) and FSGS has not been systematically studied. METHODS:We employed whole-exome sequencing (WES) to identify the percentage of SRNS cases explained by monogenic mutations in known genes of SRNS/FSGS. As PAX2 mutations are not an established cause of childhood FSGS, we evaluated a cohort of 215 unrelated families with SRNS, in whom no underlying genetic etiology had been previously established. RESULTS:Using WES, we identified 3 novel causative heterozygous PAX2 mutations in 3 out of the 215 unrelated index cases studied (1.3%). All three cases were detected in individuals from families with more than one affected and compatible with an autosomal dominant mode of inheritance (3/57 familial cases studied (5.2%)). The clinical diagnosis in three out of four pediatric index patients was done during routine medical evaluation. CONCLUSIONS:Our findings demonstrate high frequency of PAX2 mutations in familial form of SRNS (5.2%) and further expand the phenotypic spectrum of PAX2 heterozygous mutations to include autosomal dominant childhood-onset FSGS. These results highlight the importance of including PAX2 in the list of genes known to cause FSGS in children.
Project description:Steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome (SRNS) causes 15% of chronic kidney disease cases. A mutation in 1 of over 40 monogenic genes can be detected in approximately 30% of individuals with SRNS whose symptoms manifest before 25 years of age. However, in many patients, the genetic etiology remains unknown. Here, we have performed whole exome sequencing to identify recessive causes of SRNS. In 7 families with SRNS and facultative ichthyosis, adrenal insufficiency, immunodeficiency, and neurological defects, we identified 9 different recessive mutations in SGPL1, which encodes sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) lyase. All mutations resulted in reduced or absent SGPL1 protein and/or enzyme activity. Overexpression of cDNA representing SGPL1 mutations resulted in subcellular mislocalization of SGPL1. Furthermore, expression of WT human SGPL1 rescued growth of SGPL1-deficient dpl1? yeast strains, whereas expression of disease-associated variants did not. Immunofluorescence revealed SGPL1 expression in mouse podocytes and mesangial cells. Knockdown of Sgpl1 in rat mesangial cells inhibited cell migration, which was partially rescued by VPC23109, an S1P receptor antagonist. In Drosophila, Sply mutants, which lack SGPL1, displayed a phenotype reminiscent of nephrotic syndrome in nephrocytes. WT Sply, but not the disease-associated variants, rescued this phenotype. Together, these results indicate that SGPL1 mutations cause a syndromic form of SRNS.
Project description:BACKGROUND:Nephrotic syndrome (NS), a chronic kidney disease, is characterized by significant loss of protein in the urine causing hypoalbuminemia and edema. In general, ?15% of childhood-onset cases do not respond to steroid therapy and are classified as steroid-resistant NS (SRNS). In ?30% of cases with SRNS, a causative mutation can be detected in one of 44 monogenic SRNS genes. The gene LAMA5 encodes laminin-?5, an essential component of the glomerular basement membrane. Mice with a hypomorphic mutation in the orthologous gene Lama5 develop proteinuria and hematuria. METHODS:To identify additional monogenic causes of NS, we performed whole exome sequencing in 300 families with pediatric NS. In consanguineous families we applied homozygosity mapping to identify genomic candidate loci for the underlying recessive mutation. RESULTS:In three families, in whom mutations in known NS genes were excluded, but in whom a recessive, monogenic cause of NS was strongly suspected based on pedigree information, we identified homozygous variants of unknown significance (VUS) in the gene LAMA5. While all affected individuals had nonsyndromic NS with an early onset of disease, their clinical outcome and response to immunosuppressive therapy differed notably. CONCLUSION:We here identify recessive VUS in the gene LAMA5 in patients with partially treatment-responsive NS. More data will be needed to determine the impact of these VUS in disease management. However, familial occurrence of disease, data from genetic mapping and a mouse model that recapitulates the NS phenotypes suggest that these genetic variants may be inherited factors that contribute to the development of NS in pediatric patients.
Project description:Steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome is a frequent cause of chronic kidney disease almost inevitably progressing to end-stage renal disease. More than 58 monogenic causes of SRNS have been discovered and majority of known steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome causing genes are predominantly expressed in glomerular podocytes, placing them at the center of disease pathogenesis. Herein, we describe two unrelated families with steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome with homozygous mutations in the KIRREL1 gene. One mutation showed high frequency in the European population (minor allele frequency 0.0011) and this patient achieved complete remission following treatment, but later progressed to chronic kidney disease. We found that mutant KIRREL1 proteins failed to localize to the podocyte cell membrane, indicating defective trafficking and impaired podocytes function. Thus, the KIRREL1 gene product has an important role in modulating the integrity of the slit diaphragm and maintaining glomerular filtration function.
Project description:Numerous disease-causing gene mutations have been identified in proteinuric diseases, such as nephrotic syndrome and glomerulosclerosis. This report describes the results of comprehensive genetic diagnosis of Japanese patients with severe proteinuria. In addition, the report describes the clinical characteristics of patients with monogenic disease-causing mutations. We conducted comprehensive gene screening of patients who had either congenital nephrotic syndrome, infantile nephrotic syndrome, steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome, or focal segmental glomerular sclerosis. Using targeted next-generation sequencing, 60 podocyte-related genes were screened in 230 unrelated patients with proteinuria. A retrospective review of clinical data was conducted for these patients. We detected monogenic disease-causing mutations in 30% (69 of 230) of patients among 19 of the screened genes. Common genes with disease-causing mutations were WT1 (25%), NPHS1 (12%), INF2 (12%), TRPC6 (10%), and LAMB2 (9%). With various immunosuppressive or renoprotective therapies, remission of proteinuria in patients with unknown causative mutations was observed in 26% of patients, whereas only 5% of patients with monogenic disease-causing mutations exhibited complete remission. We assessed the genetic backgrounds of Japanese patients with severe proteinuria. The proportion of patients with gene defects was similar to that of other reports, but the disease-causing gene mutation frequency was considerably different.
Project description:BACKGROUND:Steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome (SRNS) is the second most frequent cause of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) among patients manifesting at under 25 years of age. We performed mutation analysis using a high-throughput PCR-based microfluidic technology in 24 single-gene causes of SRNS in a cohort of 72 families, who presented with SRNS before the age of 25 years. METHODS:Within an 18-month interval, we obtained DNA samples, pedigree information, and clinical information from 77 consecutive children with SRNS from 72 different families seen at Boston Children's Hospital (BCH). Mutation analysis was completed by combining high-throughput multiplex PCR with next-generation sequencing. We analyzed the sequences of 18 recessive and 6 dominant genes of SRNS in all 72 families for disease-causing variants. RESULTS:We identified the disease-causing mutation in 8 out of 72 (11.1%) families. Mutations were detected in the six genes: NPHS1 (2 out of 72), WT1 (2 out of 72), NPHS2, MYO1E, TRPC6, and INF2. Median age at onset was 4.1 years in patients without a mutation (range 0.5-18.8), and 3.2 years in those in whom the causative mutation was detected (range 0.1-14.3). Mutations in dominant genes presented with a median onset of 4.5 years (range 3.2-14.3). Mutations in recessive genes presented with a median onset of 0.5 years (range 0.1-3.2). CONCLUSION:Our molecular genetic diagnostic study identified underlying monogenic causes of steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome in ~11% of patients with SRNS using a cost-effective technique. We delineated some of the therapeutic, diagnostic, and prognostic implications. Our study confirms that genetic testing is indicated in pediatric patients with SRNS.
Project description:BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES:Nephrotic syndrome is a typical presentation of genetic podocytopathies but occasionally other genetic nephropathies can present as clinically indistinguishable phenocopies. We hypothesized that extended genetic testing followed by reverse phenotyping would increase the diagnostic rate for these patients. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS, & MEASUREMENTS:All patients diagnosed with nephrotic syndrome and referred to our center between 2000 and 2018 were assessed in this retrospective study. When indicated, whole-exome sequencing and in silico filtering of 298 genes related to CKD were combined with subsequent reverse phenotyping in patients and families. Pathogenic variants were defined according to current guidelines of the American College of Medical Genetics. RESULTS:A total of 111 patients (64 steroid-resistant and 47 steroid-sensitive) were included in the study. Not a single pathogenic variant was detected in the steroid-sensitive group. Overall, 30% (19 out of 64) of steroid-resistant patients had pathogenic variants in podocytopathy genes, whereas a substantial number of variants were identified in other genes, not commonly associated with isolated nephrotic syndrome. Reverse phenotyping, on the basis of a personalized diagnostic workflow, permitted to identify previously unrecognized clinical signs of an unexpected underlying genetic nephropathy in a further 28% (18 out of 64) of patients. These patients showed similar multidrug resistance, but different long-term outcome, when compared with genetic podocytopathies. CONCLUSIONS:Reverse phenotyping increased the diagnostic accuracy in patients referred with the diagnosis of steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome.
Project description:Steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome (SRNS) is a frequent cause of progressive renal function decline and affects millions of people. In a recent study, 30% of SRNS cases evaluated were the result of monogenic mutations in 1 of 27 different genes. Here, using homozygosity mapping and whole-exome sequencing, we identified recessive mutations in kidney ankyrin repeat-containing protein 1 (KANK1), KANK2, and KANK4 in individuals with nephrotic syndrome. In an independent functional genetic screen of Drosophila cardiac nephrocytes, which are equivalents of mammalian podocytes, we determined that the Drosophila KANK homolog (dKank) is essential for nephrocyte function. RNAi-mediated knockdown of dKank in nephrocytes disrupted slit diaphragm filtration structures and lacuna channel structures. In rats, KANK1, KANK2, and KANK4 all localized to podocytes in glomeruli, and KANK1 partially colocalized with synaptopodin. Knockdown of kank2 in zebrafish recapitulated a nephrotic syndrome phenotype, resulting in proteinuria and podocyte foot process effacement. In rat glomeruli and cultured human podocytes, KANK2 interacted with ARHGDIA, a known regulator of RHO GTPases in podocytes that is dysfunctional in some types of nephrotic syndrome. Knockdown of KANK2 in cultured podocytes increased active GTP-bound RHOA and decreased migration. Together, these data suggest that KANK family genes play evolutionarily conserved roles in podocyte function, likely through regulating RHO GTPase signaling.
Project description:BACKGROUND:Steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome (SRNS) is a frequent cause of CKD. The discovery of monogenic causes of SRNS has revealed specific pathogenetic pathways, but these monogenic causes do not explain all cases of SRNS. METHODS:To identify novel monogenic causes of SRNS, we screened 665 patients by whole-exome sequencing. We then evaluated the in vitro functional significance of two genes and the mutations therein that we discovered through this sequencing and conducted complementary studies in podocyte-like Drosophila nephrocytes. RESULTS:We identified conserved, homozygous missense mutations of GAPVD1 in two families with early-onset NS and a homozygous missense mutation of ANKFY1 in two siblings with SRNS. GAPVD1 and ANKFY1 interact with the endosomal regulator RAB5. Coimmunoprecipitation assays indicated interaction between GAPVD1 and ANKFY1 proteins, which also colocalized when expressed in HEK293T cells. Silencing either protein diminished the podocyte migration rate. Compared with wild-type GAPVD1 and ANKFY1, the mutated proteins produced upon ectopic expression of GAPVD1 or ANKFY1 bearing the patient-derived mutations exhibited altered binding affinity for active RAB5 and reduced ability to rescue the knockout-induced defect in podocyte migration. Coimmunoprecipitation assays further demonstrated a physical interaction between nephrin and GAPVD1, and immunofluorescence revealed partial colocalization of these proteins in rat glomeruli. The patient-derived GAPVD1 mutations reduced nephrin-GAPVD1 binding affinity. In Drosophila, silencing Gapvd1 impaired endocytosis and caused mistrafficking of the nephrin ortholog. CONCLUSIONS:Mutations in GAPVD1 and probably in ANKFY1 are novel monogenic causes of NS. The discovery of these genes implicates RAB5 regulation in the pathogenesis of human NS.