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Beverly A Schaefer, Jonathan M Flanagan, Ofelia A Alvarez, Stephen C Nelson, Banu Aygun, Kerri A Nottage, Alex George, Carla W Roberts, Connie M Piccone, Thad A Howard, Barry R Davis, Russell E Ware
Discovery and validation of genetic variants that influence disease severity in children with sickle cell anemia (SCA) could lead to early identification of high-risk patients, better screening strategies, and intervention with targeted and preventive therapy. We hypothesized that newly identified genetic risk factors for the general African American population could also impact laboratory biomarkers known to contribute to the clinical disease expression of SCA, including variants influencing the white blood cell count and the development of albuminuria and abnormal glomerular filtration rate...
2016: PloS One
Santosh L Saraf, Binal N Shah, Xu Zhang, Jin Han, Bamidele O Tayo, Taimur Abbasi, Adam Ostrower, Elizabeth Guzman, Robert E Molokie, Michel Gowhari, Johara Hassan, Shivi Jain, Richard S Cooper, Roberto F Machado, James P Lash, Victor R Gordeuk
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September 22, 2016: Haematologica
Holly J Kramer, Adrienne M Stilp, Cathy C Laurie, Alex P Reiner, James Lash, Martha L Daviglus, Sylvia E Rosas, Ana C Ricardo, Bamidele O Tayo, Michael F Flessner, Kathleen F Kerr, Carmen Peralta, Ramon Durazo-Arvizu, Matt Conomos, Timothy Thornton, Jerome Rotter, Kent D Taylor, Jainwen Cai, John Eckfeldt, Han Chen, George Papanicolau, Nora Franceschini
African ancestry alleles may contribute to CKD among Hispanics/Latinos, but whether associations differ by Hispanic/Latino background remains unknown. We examined the association of CKD measures with African ancestry-specific APOL1 alleles that were directly genotyped and sickle cell trait (hemoglobin subunit β gene [HBB] variant) on the basis of imputation in 12,226 adult Hispanics/Latinos grouped according to Caribbean or Mainland background. We also performed an unbiased genome-wide association scan of urine albumin-to-creatinine ratios...
September 20, 2016: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
Charles N Rotimi, Fasil Tekola-Ayele, Jennifer L Baker, Daniel Shriner
The trans-Atlantic slave trade brought millions of Africans to the New World. Advances in genomics are providing novel insights into the history and health of Africans and the diasporan populations. Recent examples reviewed here include the unraveling of substantial hunter-gatherer and 'Eurasian' admixtures across sub-Saharan Africa, expanding our understanding of ancestral African genetics; the global ubiquity of mixed ancestry; the revealing of African ancestry in Latin Americans that likely derived from the slave trade; and understanding of the ancestral backgrounds of APOL1 and LPL found to influence kidney disease and lipid levels, respectively, providing specific insights into disease etiology and health disparities...
September 16, 2016: Current Opinion in Genetics & Development
Lawrence Appel
With the exception of a few isolated populations, elevated blood pressure is a worldwide pandemic with staggering consequences for individuals, care givers, health care delivery systems, and insurers, including governments. It is well-recognized that the burden of hypertension and its adverse consequences is greater in low- and middle-income countries than economically developed countries. BP-related outcomes also differ by region, with a predominance of stroke in southeast Asian countries and a predominance of ischemic heart disease in the US and Western Europe...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Catherine C Robertson, Christopher E Gillies, Rosemary K B Putler, Derek Ng, Kimberly J Reidy, Brendan Crawford, Matthew G Sampson
BACKGROUND: Two genetic variants in apolipoprotein L1 (APOL1) are associated with increased risk of focal segmental glomerulosclerosis as well as other glomerular phenotypes. These risk variants are common in individuals of African ancestry but absent in other racial groups. Yet, the majority of individuals with two APOL1 risk alleles [high-risk (HR) genotype] do not have renal disease. It is critical to identify environmental and secondary genetic influences that, when combined with these alleles, lead to kidney disease...
September 16, 2016: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
Michael D Hughson, Wendy E Hoy, Susan A Mott, Victor G Puelles, John F Bertram, Cheryl L Winkler, Jeffrey B Kopp
The increased risk of end-stage kidney disease (ESKD) among hypertensive African Americans is partly related to APOL1 allele variants. Hypertension-associated arterionephrosclerosis consists of arteriosclerosis, glomerulosclerosis, and cortical fibrosis. The initial glomerulosclerosis, attributed to preglomerular arteriosclerosis and ischemia, consists of focal global glomerulosclerosis (FGGS), but in biopsy studies, focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) is found with progression to ESKD, particularly in African Americans...
May 2016: KI Rep
Whitney Besse, Sherry Mansour, Karan Jatwani, Cynthia C Nast, Ursula C Brewster
BACKGROUND: Collapsing Glomerulopathy (CG), also known as the collapsing variant of Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), is distinct in both its clinical severity and its pathophysiologic characteristics from other forms of FSGS. This lesion occurs disproportionally in patients carrying two APOL1 risk alleles, and is the classic histologic lesion resulting from Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection of podocytes. Other viral infections, including parvovirus B19, and drugs such as interferon that perturb the immune system, have also been associated with CG...
2016: BMC Nephrology
Joanna Mikulak, Ferdinando Oriolo, Federica Portale, Paolo Tentorio, Xiqian Lan, Moin A Saleem, Karl Skorecki, Pravin C Singhal, Domenico Mavilio
BACKGROUND: Patients of African ancestry with untreated HIV-1 infection and carrying the G1 or G2 kidney disease risk variants (Vs) at the APOL1 gene have a tenfold higher risk of developing HIV-associated nephropathy (HIVAN) compared to those with the non-risk wild type (WT) G0 variant. However, the mechanistic contribution of the APOL1 allelic state to kidney injury in HIV-1 infection remains to be elucidated. RESULTS: Non-risk WT APOL1 is associated with lower intracellular levels of HIV-1 in conditionally immortalized human podocytes, while the over expression of G1 or G2 risk Vs significantly increases viral accumulation...
2016: Retrovirology
N A Zwang, A Shetty, N Sustento-Reodica, E J Gordon, J Leventhal, L Gallon, J J Friedewald
Homozygosity for apolipoprotein-L1 (APOL1) risk variants has emerged as an important predictor of renal disease in individuals of African descent over the past several years. Additionally, these risk variants may be important predictors of renal allograft failure when present in a living or deceased donor. Currently, there is no universal recommendation for screening of potential donors. We present a case of end-stage renal disease with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis in a living donor 7 years following donor nephrectomy...
October 6, 2016: American Journal of Transplantation
Bixiao Zhao, Qiongshi Lu, Yuwei Cheng, Justin M Belcher, Edward D Siew, David E Leaf, Simon C Body, Amanda A Fox, Sushrut W Waikar, Charles D Collard, Heather Thiessen-Philbrook, T Alp Ikizler, Lorraine B Ware, Charles L Edelstein, Amit X Garg, Murim Choi, Jennifer A Schaub, Hongyu Zhao, Richard P Lifton, Chirag R Parikh
RATIONALE: Acute kidney injury is a common and severe complication of critical illness and cardiac surgery. Despite significant attempts at developing treatments, therapeutic advances to attenuate acute kidney injury and expedite recovery have largely failed. OBJECTIVES: Identifying genetic loci associated with increased risk of acute kidney injury may reveal novel pathways for therapeutic development. METHODS: We conducted an exploratory genome-wide association study to identify single-nucleotide polymorphisms associated with genetic susceptibility to in-hospital acute kidney injury...
August 30, 2016: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Israa Akl, Christophe Lelubre, Pierrick Uzureau, Michael Piagnerelli, Patrick Biston, Alexandre Rousseau, Bassam Badran, Hussein Fayyad-Kazan, Mohammad Ezedine, Jean Louis Vincent, Karim Zouaoui Boudjeltia, Luc Vanhamme
Delayed neutrophil apoptosis has been demonstrated in sepsis and may contribute to organ damage. It has recently been proposed that apolipoprotein L (ApoL) may be involved in programmed cell death, but the expression and functions of ApoLs in leukocytes (especially neutrophils) during sepsis and other inflammatory conditions are currently unknown. In this prospective observational study in a 36-bed university hospital medico-surgical intensive care unit (ICU), we included 78 adult ICU patients with (n = 41) or without (n = 37) sepsis and 47 healthy volunteers...
August 24, 2016: Shock
Opeyemi Olabisi, Khaldoun Al-Romaih, Joel Henderson, Ritu Tomar, Iain Drummond, Calum MacRae, Martin Pollak
BACKGROUND: Risk variant Apolipoprotein L1 (G1/G2) are strongly associated with a spectrum of kidney disease in people of recent African descent. The mechanism of ApoL1 nephropathy is unknown. Podocytes and/or endothelial cells are the presumed target kidney cells. Given the close homology in structure and function of zebrafish (ZF) pronephros and human nephron, we studied the effect of podocyte-specific or endothelium-specific expression of ApoL1 (G0, G1, or G2) on the structure and function of ZF pronephros...
August 10, 2016: Clinical Nephrology
Anneli Cooper, Paul Capewell, Caroline Clucas, Nicola Veitch, William Weir, Russell Thomson, Jayne Raper, Annette MacLeod
Humans are protected against infection from most African trypanosomes by lipoprotein complexes present in serum that contain the trypanolytic pore-forming protein, Apolipoprotein L1 (APOL1). The human-infective trypanosomes, Trypanosoma brucei rhodesiense in East Africa and T. b. gambiense in West Africa have separately evolved mechanisms that allow them to resist APOL1-mediated lysis and cause human African trypanosomiasis, or sleeping sickness, in man. Recently, APOL1 variants were identified from a subset of Old World monkeys, that are able to lyse East African T...
August 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Meijian Guan, Jun Ma, Jacob M Keaton, Latchezar Dimitrov, Poorva Mudgal, Mary Stromberg, Jason A Bonomo, Pamela J Hicks, Barry I Freedman, Donald W Bowden, Maggie C Y Ng
African Americans (AAs) are at higher risk for developing end-stage kidney disease (ESKD) compared to European Americans. Genome-wide association studies have identified variants associated with diabetic and non-diabetic kidney diseases. Nephropathy loci, including SLC7A9, UMOD, and SHROOM3, have been implicated in the maintenance of normal glomerular and renal tubular structure and function. Herein, 47 genes important in podocyte, glomerular basement membrane, mesangial cell, mesangial matrix, renal tubular cell, and renal interstitium structure were examined for association with type 2 diabetes (T2D)-attributed ESKD in AAs...
November 2016: Human Genetics
Teresa K Chen, Michelle M Estrella
Recent studies have focused on associations of the APOL1 risk variants with outcomes beyond kidney disease, including cardiovascular disease and mortality. Ma and colleagues now expand on this growing but contradicting body of work. Their analysis of a prevalent cohort of African American hemodialysis patients shows that the risk variants are associated with a survival benefit among nondiabetics. Whether this simply reflects a healthier status at hemodialysis initiation among those carrying 2 risk variants or whether these variants truly confer a survival advantage is unclear...
August 2016: Kidney International
Joana C Pinto, Sandra Oliveira, Sérgio Teixeira, Dayana Martins, Anne-Maria Fehn, Teresa Aço, Magdalena Gayà-Vidal, Jorge Rocha
OBJECTIVES: We investigated the frequency distribution and haplotype diversity of human African trypanosomiasis (HAT) resistance and lactase persistence (LP) variants in populations from the Angolan Namib to trace the spread of these genetic adaptations into southwestern Africa. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We resequenced two fragments of the LCT enhancer and the APOL1 gene and genotyped flanking short tandem repeat loci in six groups with different subsistence traditions living in the Angolan Namib, and in a comparative dataset including other populations from Africa and Europe...
July 12, 2016: American Journal of Physical Anthropology
Barry I Freedman, Crystal A Gadegbeku, R Nick Bryan, Nicholette D Palmer, Pamela J Hicks, Lijun Ma, Michael V Rocco, S Carrie Smith, Jianzhao Xu, Christopher T Whitlow, Benjamin C Wagner, Carl D Langefeld, Amret T Hawfield, Jeffrey T Bates, Alan J Lerner, Dominic S Raj, Mohammad S Sadaghiani, Robert D Toto, Jackson T Wright, Donald W Bowden, Jeff D Williamson, Kaycee M Sink, Joseph A Maldjian, Nicholas M Pajewski, Jasmin Divers
To assess apolipoprotein L1 gene (APOL1) renal-risk-variant effects on the brain, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-based cerebral volumes and cognitive function were assessed in 517 African American-Diabetes Heart Study (AA-DHS) Memory IN Diabetes (MIND) and 2568 hypertensive African American Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT) participants without diabetes. Within these cohorts, 483 and 197 had cerebral MRI, respectively. AA-DHS participants were characterized as follows: 60.9% female, mean age of 58...
August 2016: Kidney International
Paola Romagnani, Sabrina Giglio, Maria Lucia Angelotti, Aldesia Provenzano, Francesca Becherucci, Benedetta Mazzinghi, Susanna Müller, Kerstin Amann, Marc Weidenbusch, Simone Romoli, Elena Lazzeri, Hans-Joachim Anders
Often the cause of refractory lupus nephritis (RLN) remains unclear. We performed next-generation sequencing for podocyte genes in an RLN patient and identified compound heterozygosity for APOL1 risk alleles G1 and G2 and a novel homozygous c.[1049C>T]+[1049C>T] NPHS1 gene variant of unknown significance. To test for causality renal progenitor cells isolated from urine of this patient were differentiated into podocytes in vitro. Podocytes revealed aberrant nephrin trafficking, cytoskeletal structure and lysosomal leakage, and increased detachment as compared with podocytes isolated from controls...
September 2016: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
Lainie Friedman Ross, J Richard Thistlethwaite
Genetic mutations in apolipoprotein L1 (ApoL1) are associated with kidney disease. Apolipoprotein L1 mutations are common in African Americans (∼39% and 12% have 1 and 2 high-risk alleles, respectively). Carrying 2 ApoL1 risk alleles may explain much of the excess rate of kidney failure in African Americans compared to European Americans. Apolipoprotein L1 also has implications for kidney transplantation. Kidney grafts from deceased donors with 2 ApoL1 risk alleles have worse graft survival, but outcomes appear unaffected by recipient ApoL1 status...
September 2016: Progress in Transplantation
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