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Janka Bábíčková, Barbara M Klinkhammer, Eva M Buhl, Sonja Djudjaj, Mareike Hoss, Felix Heymann, Frank Tacke, Jürgen Floege, Jan U Becker, Peter Boor
Progressive renal diseases are associated with rarefaction of peritubular capillaries, but the ultrastructural and functional alterations of the microvasculature are not well described. To study this, we analyzed different time points during progressive kidney damage and fibrosis in 3 murine models of different disease etiologies. These models were unilateral ureteral obstruction, unilateral ischemia-reperfusion injury, and Col4a3-deficient mice, we analyzed ultrastructural alterations in patient biopsy specimens...
September 24, 2016: Kidney International
Judith Savige, Helen Storey, Hae Il Cheong, Hee Gyung Kang, Eujin Park, Pascale Hilbert, Anton Persikov, Carmen Torres-Fernandez, Elisabet Ars, Roser Torra, Jens Michael Hertz, Mads Thomassen, Lev Shagam, Dongmao Wang, Yanyan Wang, Frances Flinter, Mato Nagel
Alport syndrome results from mutations in the COL4A5 (X-linked) or COL4A3/COL4A4 (recessive) genes. This study examined 754 previously- unpublished variants in these genes from individuals referred for genetic testing in 12 accredited diagnostic laboratories worldwide, in addition to all published COL4A5, COL4A3 and COL4A4 variants in the LOVD databases. It also determined genotype-phenotype correlations for variants where clinical data were available. Individuals were referred for genetic testing where Alport syndrome was suspected clinically or on biopsy (renal failure, hearing loss, retinopathy, lamellated glomerular basement membrane), variant pathogenicity was assessed using currently-accepted criteria, and variants were examined for gene location, and age at renal failure onset...
2016: PloS One
Dominic Cosgrove, Shiguang Liu
Alport syndrome is the result of mutations in any of three type IV collagen genes, COL4A3, COL4A4, or COL4A5. Because the three collagen chains form heterotrimers, there is an absence of all three proteins in the basement membranes where they are expressed. In the glomerulus, the mature glomerular basement membrane type IV collagen network, normally comprised of two separate networks, α3(IV)/α4(IV)/α5(IV) and α1(IV)/α2(IV), is comprised entirely of collagen α1(IV)/α2. This review addresses the current state of our knowledge regarding the consequence of this change in basement membrane composition, including both the direct, via collagen receptor binding, and indirect, regarding influences on glomerular biomechanics...
August 27, 2016: Matrix Biology: Journal of the International Society for Matrix Biology
Duk-Won D Chung, Ricardo F Frausto, Stephan Chiu, Benjamin R Lin, Anthony J Aldave
PURPOSE: To investigate the role of the zinc finger e-box binding homeobox 1 (ZEB1) transcription factor in posterior polymorphous corneal dystrophy 3 by demonstrating its ability to regulate type IV collagen gene transcription via binding to putative E2 box motifs. METHODS: Putative E2 box motifs were identified by in silico analysis within the promoter region of collagen, type IV, alpha3 (COL4A3) and collagen, type IV, alpha4 (COL4A4). To test the ability of ZEB1 to bind to each identified E2 box, electrophoretic mobility shift assays were performed by incubating ZEB1-enriched nuclear extracts with DIG-labeled probes containing one of each of the identified E2 box motifs...
August 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
Govindasamy Kumaramanickavel
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD), widely prevalent across the globe, is a major stakeholder among adult visual morbidity and blindness, not only in the Western world but also in Asia. Several risk factors have been identified, including critical genetic factors, which were never imagined 2 decades ago. The etiopathogenesis is emerging to demonstrate that immune and complement-related inflammation pathway members chronically exposed to environmental insults could justifiably influence disease morbidity and treatment outcomes...
July 2016: Asia-Pacific Journal of Ophthalmology
Csaba Galambos, Angela D Minic, Douglas Bush, Dominique Nguyen, Blair Dodson, Gregory Seedorf, Steven H Abman
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Infants with Down syndrome (DS) or Trisomy 21, are at high risk for developing pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), but mechanisms that increase susceptibility are poorly understood. Laboratory studies have shown that early disruption of angiogenesis during development impairs vascular and alveolar growth and causes PAH. Human chromosome 21 encodes known anti-angiogenic factors, including collagen18a1 (endostatin, ES), ß-amyloid peptide (BAP) and Down Syndrome Critical Region 1 (DSCR-1)...
2016: PloS One
Yuan Wu, Pengzhi Hu, Hongbo Xu, Jinzhong Yuan, Lamei Yuan, Wei Xiong, Xiong Deng, Hao Deng
Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) is the most common glomerular histological lesion associated with high-grade proteinuria and end-stage renal disease. Histologically, FSGS is characterized by focal segmental sclerosis with foot process effacement. The aim of this study was to identify the disease-causing mutation in a four-generation Chinese family with FSGS. A novel missense mutation, c.1856G>A (p.Gly619Asp), in the collagen type IV alpha-4 gene (COL4A4) was identified in six patients and it co-segregated with the disease in this family...
July 29, 2016: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
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
Tomohiro Murata, Kan Katayama, Toshitaka Oohashi, Timo Jahnukainen, Tomoko Yonezawa, Yoshikazu Sado, Eiji Ishikawa, Shinsuke Nomura, Karl Tryggvason, Masaaki Ito
Alport syndrome is caused by mutations in the genes encoding α3, α4, or α5 (IV) chains. Unlike X-linked Alport mice, α5 and α6 (IV) chains are detected in the glomerular basement membrane of autosomal recessive Alport mice, however, the significance of this finding remains to be investigated. We therefore generated mice lacking both α3 and α6 (IV) chains and compared their renal function and survival with Col4a3 knockout mice of 129 × 1/Sv background. No significant difference was observed in the renal function or survival of the two groups, or when the mice were backcrossed once to C57BL/6 background...
2016: Scientific Reports
Marijn F Stokman, Kirsten Y Renkema, Rachel H Giles, Franz Schaefer, Nine V A M Knoers, Albertien M van Eerde
Next-generation sequencing (NGS) has led to the identification of previously unrecognized phenotypes associated with classic kidney disease genes. In addition to improving diagnostics for genetically heterogeneous diseases and enabling a faster rate of gene discovery, NGS has enabled an expansion and redefinition of nephrogenetic disease categories. Findings from these studies raise the question of whether disease diagnoses should be made on clinical grounds, on genetic evidence or a combination thereof. Here, we discuss the major kidney disease-associated genes and gene categories for which NGS has expanded the phenotypic spectrum...
August 2016: Nature Reviews. Nephrology
Daniel P Gale, D Deren Oygar, Fujun Lin, P Derin Oygar, Nadia Khan, Thomas M F Connor, Marta Lapsley, Patrick H Maxwell, Guy H Neild
BACKGROUND: Hereditary microscopic haematuria often segregates with mutations of COL4A3, COL4A4 or COL4A5 but in half of families a gene is not identified. We investigated a Cypriot family with autosomal dominant microscopic haematuria with renal failure and kidney cysts. METHODS: We used genome-wide linkage analysis, whole exome sequencing and cosegregation analyses. RESULTS: We identified a novel frameshift mutation, c.4611_4612insG:p.T1537fs, in exon 49 of COL4A1...
April 8, 2016: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
Oliver Gross, Clifford E Kashtan, Michelle N Rheault, Frances Flinter, Judith Savige, Jeffrey H Miner, Roser Torra, Elisabet Ars, Constantinos Deltas, Isavella Savva, Laura Perin, Alessandra Renieri, Francesca Ariani, Francesca Mari, Colin Baigent, Parminder Judge, Bertrand Knebelman, Laurence Heidet, Sharon Lagas, Dave Blatt, Jie Ding, Yanqin Zhang, Daniel P Gale, Marco Prunotto, Yong Xue, Asher D Schachter, Lori C G Morton, Jacqui Blem, Michael Huang, Shiguang Liu, Sebastien Vallee, Daniel Renault, Julia Schifter, Jules Skelding, Susie Gear, Tim Friede, A Neil Turner, Rachel Lennon
Alport syndrome (AS) is a genetic disease characterized by haematuric glomerulopathy variably associated with hearing loss and anterior lenticonus. It is caused by mutations in the COL4A3, COL4A4 or COL4A5 genes encoding the α3α4α5(IV) collagen heterotrimer. AS is rare, but it accounts for >1% of patients receiving renal replacement therapy. Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibition slows, but does not stop, the progression to renal failure; therefore, there is an urgent requirement to expand and intensify research towards discovering new therapeutic targets and new therapies...
May 10, 2016: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
George Jarad, Russell H Knutsen, Robert P Mecham, Jeffrey H Miner
Alport syndrome is a familial kidney disease caused by defects in the collagen type IV network of the glomerular basement membrane. Lack of collagen-α3α4α5(IV) changes the glomerular basement membrane morphologically and functionally, rendering it leaky to albumin and other plasma proteins. Filtered albumin has been suggested to be a cause of the glomerular and tubular injuries observed at advanced stages of Alport syndrome. To directly investigate the role that albumin plays in the progression of disease in Alport syndrome, we generated albumin knockout (Alb(-/-)) mice to use as a tool for removing albuminuria as a component of kidney disease...
July 1, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
Angel C Y Mak, Paul L F Tang, Clare Cleveland, Melanie H Smith, M Kari Connolly, Tamiko R Katsumoto, Paul J Wolters, Pui-Yan Kwok, Lindsey A Criswell
OBJECTIVE: Scleroderma is a genetically complex autoimmune disease with substantial phenotypic heterogeneity. Previous genome-wide association studies have identified common genetic variants associated with disease risk, but these studies are not designed to capture rare or potential causal variants. Our goal was to identify rare as well as common genetic variants in patients with diffuse cutaneous systemic sclerosis (dcSSc) through whole-exome sequencing (WES) in order to identify potential causal variants...
September 2016: Arthritis & Rheumatology
Marwa Eltoweissy, Gry H Dihazi, Gerhard A Müller, Abdul R Asif, Hassan Dihazi
In the pathogenesis of renal fibrosis, oxidative stress (OS) enhances the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) leading to sustained cell growth, inflammation, excessive tissue remodelling and accumulation, which results in the development and acceleration of renal damage. In our previous work (Eltoweissy et al., 2011) we established protein DJ-1 (PARK7) as an important ROS scavenger and key player in renal cell response to OS. In the present study we investigated the impact of profibrogenic agonists on DJ-1 and shed light on the role of this protein in renal fibrosis...
May 24, 2016: Molecular BioSystems
Gang Wang, Bonnie Ching-Ha Kwan, Fernand Mac-Moune Lai, Kai-Ming Chow, Kit-Chung Jack Ng, Choi-Wan Cathy Luk, Philip Kam-Tao Li, Cheuk-Chun Szeto
BACKGROUND: Glomerular and tubulointerstitial fibrosis play important roles in the progression of chronic kidney disease. We determine whether urinary mRNA levels of extracellular matrix proteins reflect the degree of kidney fibrosis and predict renal function decline in adult nephrotic patients. METHODS: We studied 56 adult nephrotic patients and 20 controls. Urinary mRNA levels of collagen I A1 chain (COL1A1), collagen IV A3 chain (COL4A3), and fibronectin were measured...
May 1, 2016: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
Isavella Savva, Alkis Pierides, Constantinos Deltas
Alport syndrome (AS) is a hereditary progressive glomerulonephritis with a high life-time risk for end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Most patients will reach ESRD before the age of 30 years, while a subset of them with milder mutations will do so at older ages, even after 50 years. Frequent extrarenal manifestations are hearing loss and ocular abnormalities. AS is a genetically heterogeneous collagen IV nephropathy, with 85% of the cases caused by mutations in the X-linked COL4A5 gene and the rest by homozygous or compound heterozygous mutations in either the COL4A3 or the COL4A4 gene on chromosome 2q36-37...
May 2016: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
Gábor Kovács, Tibor Kalmár, Emőke Endreffy, Zoltán Ondrik, Béla Iványi, Csaba Rikker, Ibolya Haszon, Sándor Túri, Mária Sinkó, Csaba Bereczki, Zoltán Maróti
Alport syndrome (AS) is an inherited type IV collagen nephropathies characterized by microscopic hematuria during early childhood, the development of proteinuria and progression to end-stage renal disease. Since choosing the right therapy, even before the onset of proteinuria, can delay the onset of end-stage renal failure and improve life expectancy, the earliest possible differential diagnosis is desired. Practically, this means the identification of mutation(s) in COL4A3-A4-A5 genes. We used an efficient, next generation sequencing based workflow for simultaneous analysis of all three COL4A genes in three individuals and fourteen families involved by AS or showing different level of Alport-related symptoms...
2016: PloS One
Chen Chen, Chao-Xia Lu, Qiong Wang, Li-Hua Cao, Yang Luo, Xue Zhang
AIMS: Alport syndrome (AS) is a genetically heterogeneous disorder, characterized by hematuria, progressive renal failure, sensorineural hearing loss, and ocular abnormalities caused by mutations in the COL4A3, COL4A4, and COL4A5 genes. The aim of this study was to identify underlying mutations in individuals from a Chinese family with X-linked AS. METHODS: We performed targeted next-generation sequencing (NGS) to identify mutations associated with AS. The results were processed and visualized using an Integrated Genomics Viewer software...
April 2016: Genetic Testing and Molecular Biomarkers
Aideen P Killeen, Michael G Diskin, Dermot G Morris, David A Kenny, Sinéad M Waters
Embryonic mortality is a major constraint to improving reproductive efficiency and profitability in livestock enterprises. We previously reported differential expression of genes with identified roles in cellular growth and proliferation, lipid metabolism, endometrial remodeling, inflammation, angiogenesis, and metabolic exchange in endometrial tissue on day 7 of the estrous cycle (D7), between heifers ranked as either high (HF) or low (LF) for fertility. The aim of the current study was to further elucidate the underlying molecular mechanisms contributing to early embryo loss by examining differential endometrial gene expression in HF or LF heifers at a later stage of the estrous cycle;day 14(D14)...
April 2016: Physiological Genomics
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