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APOL1 associated nephropathy

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
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
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
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
Lijun Ma, Carl D Langefeld, Mary E Comeau, Jason A Bonomo, Michael V Rocco, John M Burkart, Jasmin Divers, Nicholette D Palmer, Pamela J Hicks, Donald W Bowden, Janice P Lea, Jenna O Krisher, Margo J Clay, Barry I Freedman
Relative to European Americans, evidence supports that African Americans with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) survive longer on dialysis. Renal-risk variants in the apolipoprotein L1 gene (APOL1), associated with nondiabetic nephropathy and less subclinical atherosclerosis, may contribute to dialysis outcomes. Here, APOL1 renal-risk variants were assessed for association with dialytic survival in 450 diabetic and 275 nondiabetic African American hemodialysis patients from Wake Forest and Emory School of Medicine outpatient facilities...
August 2016: Kidney International
Casey R Dorr, Barry I Freedman, Pamela J Hicks, W Mark Brown, Gregory B Russell, Bruce A Julian, Stephen O Pastan, Michael D Gautreaux, Amutha Muthusamy, Srinath Chinnakotla, Vera Hauptfeld, Robert A Bray, Allan D Kirk, Jasmin Divers, Ajay K Israni
BACKGROUND: Apolipoprotein L1 gene (APOL1) G1 and G2 renal-risk variants, common in populations with recent African ancestry, are strongly associated with non-diabetic nephropathy, end-stage kidney disease, and shorter allograft survival in deceased-donor kidneys (autosomal recessive inheritance). Circulating APOL1 protein is synthesized primarily in the liver and hydrodynamic gene delivery of APOL1 G1 and G2 risk variants has caused hepatic necrosis in a murine model. METHODS: To evaluate the impact of these variants in liver transplantation, this multicenter study investigated the association of APOL1 G1 and G2 alleles in deceased African American liver donors with allograft survival...
2016: PloS One
Murli U Purswani, Kunjal Patel, Cheryl A Winkler, Stephen A Spector, Rohan Hazra, George R Seage, Lynne Mofenson, Brad Karalius, Gwendolyn B Scott, Russell B Van Dyke, Jeffrey B Kopp
APOL1 renal risk alleles are associated with chronic kidney disease (CKD) in adults, with the strongest effect being for HIV-associated nephropathy. Their role in youth with perinatal HIV-1 infection (PHIV) has not been studied. In a nested case-control study of 451 PHIV participants in the Pediatric HIV/AIDS Cohort Study, we found a 3.5-fold increased odds of CKD in those carrying high-risk APOL1 genotypes using a recessive model [95% confidence interval (CI): 1.2 to 10.0]. We report an unadjusted incidence of 1...
September 1, 2016: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
Alok K Sharma, David J Friedman, Martin R Pollak, Seth L Alper
Trypanosomes that cause sleeping sickness endocytose apolipoprotein L1 (APOL1)-containing trypanolytic factors from human serum, leading to trypanolytic death through generation of APOL1-associated lytic pores in trypanosomal membranes. The trypanosome Trypanosoma brucei rhodesiense counteracts trypanolysis by expressing the surface protein serum response-associated (SRA), which can bind APOL1 common variant G0 to block its trypanolytic activity. However, two missense variants in the C terminal predicted coiled-coil (CC) domains of human APOL1 G1 (S342G/I384M) and G2 (ΔN388Y389) decrease or abrogate APOL1 binding to T...
May 2016: FEBS Journal
Mohamed G Atta, Michelle M Estrella, Karl L Skorecki, Jeffrey B Kopp, Cheryl A Winkler, Walter G Wasser, Revital Shemer, Lorraine C Racusen, Michael Kuperman, Matthew C Foy, Gregory M Lucas, Derek M Fine
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Prior studies have shown that the APOL1 risk alleles are associated with a greater risk of HIV-associated nephropathy and FSGS among blacks who are HIV positive. We sought to determine whether the APOL1 high-risk genotype incrementally improved the prediction of these underlying lesions beyond conventional clinical factors. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS, & MEASUREMENTS: In a cross-sectional study, we analyzed data from 203 blacks who are HIV positive, underwent kidney biopsies between 1996 and 2011, and were genotyped for the APOL1 G1 and G2 alleles...
February 5, 2016: Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: CJASN
Allison Weckerle, James A Snipes, Dongmei Cheng, Abraham K Gebre, Julie A Reisz, Mariana Murea, Gregory S Shelness, Gregory A Hawkins, Cristina M Furdui, Barry I Freedman, John S Parks, Lijun Ma
APOL1 gene renal-risk variants are associated with nephropathy and CVD in African Americans; however, little is known about the circulating APOL1 variant proteins which reportedly bind to HDL. We examined whether APOL1 G1 and G2 renal-risk variant serum concentrations or lipoprotein distributions differed from nonrisk G0 APOL1 in African Americans without nephropathy. Serum APOL1 protein concentrations were similar regardless of APOL1 genotype. In addition, serum APOL1 protein was bound to protein complexes in two nonoverlapping peaks, herein referred to as APOL1 complex A (12...
January 2016: Journal of Lipid Research
Barry I Freedman, Arthur H Cohen
Unrelated disease processes commonly occur in non-diabetic individuals with mild-to-moderate hypertension and low level or absent proteinuria who present with chronic kidney disease: primary glomerulosclerosis in those with recent African ancestry, and arteriolar nephrosclerosis with resultant glomerular ischaemia potentially related to hypertension and vascular disease risk factors in other cases. Unfortunately, nephrologists often indiscriminately apply a diagnosis of 'hypertensive nephrosclerosis' to patients in either scenario, which implies that the hypertension is causative of their renal disease...
January 2016: Nature Reviews. Nephrology
Gregory A Hawkins, David J Friedman, Lingyi Lu, David R McWilliams, Jeff W Chou, Satria Sajuthi, Jasmin Divers, Rulan S Parekh, Man Li, Giulio Genovese, Martin R Pollack, Pamela J Hicks, Donald W Bowden, Lijun Ma, Barry I Freedman, Carl D Langefeld
BACKGROUND: In African Americans (AAs), APOL1 G1 and G2 nephropathy risk variants are associated with non-diabetic end-stage kidney disease (ESKD) in an autosomal recessive pattern. Additional risk and protective genetic variants may be present near the APOL1 loci, since earlier age ESKD is observed in some AAs with one APOL1 renal-risk variant, and because the adjacent gene MYH9 is associated with nephropathy in populations lacking G1 and G2 variants. METHODS: Re-sequencing was performed across a ∼275 kb region encompassing the APOL1-APOL4 and MYH9 genes in 154 AA cases with non-diabetic ESKD and 38 controls without nephropathy who were heterozygous for a single APOL1 G1 or G2 risk variant...
2015: American Journal of Nephrology
Santosh L Saraf, Xu Zhang, Binal Shah, Tamir Kanias, Krishnamurthy P Gudehithlu, Rick Kittles, Roberto F Machado, Jose A L Arruda, Mark T Gladwin, Ashok K Singh, Victor R Gordeuk
Intravascular hemolysis and hemoglobinuria are associated with sickle cell nephropathy. ApoL1 is involved in cell-free hemoglobin scavenging through association with haptoglobin-related protein. APOL1 G1/G2 variants are the strongest genetic predictors of kidney disease in the general African-American population. A single report associated APOL1 G1/G2 with sickle cell nephropathy. In 221 patients with sickle cell disease at the University of Illinois at Chicago, we replicated the finding of an association of APOL1 G1/G2 with proteinuria, specifically with urine albumin concentration (β=1...
October 2015: Haematologica
Orlando M Gutiérrez, Suzanne E Judd, Marguerite R Irvin, Degui Zhi, Nita Limdi, Nicholette D Palmer, Stephen S Rich, Michèle M Sale, Barry I Freedman
BACKGROUND: Two independent coding variants in the apolipoprotein L1 gene (APOL1), G1 and G2, strongly associate with nephropathy in African Americans; associations with cardiovascular disease are more controversial. Although APOL1 binds plasma high-density lipoproteins (HDLs), data on APOL1 risk variant associations with HDL subfractions are sparse. METHODS: Two APOL1 G1 single nucleotide polymorphisms and the G2 insertion/deletion polymorphism were genotyped in 2010 Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) Study participants with nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy-based lipoprotein subfraction measurements...
April 2016: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
Xiqian Lan, T K S Rao, Praveen N Chander, Karl Skorecki, Pravin C Singhal
In 1970s, Heroin-associated Nephropathy (HAN), one form of focal and segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), was a predominant cause of End-stage Kidney Disease (ESKD) in African-Americans (AAs). In 1980s, with the surge of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) in AAs, HAN more or less disappeared, and the incidence of Human Immunodeficiency Virus associated Nephropathy (HIVAN) markedly increased. Recent studies in AAs have identified APOL1 variants (Vs) as a major risk factor for the development and progression of non-diabetic kidney diseases including idiopathic FSGS and hypertension-attributed nephrosclerosis...
2015: Frontiers in Microbiology
Xiqian Lan, Hongxiu Wen, Rivka Lederman, Ashwani Malhotra, Joanna Mikulak, Waldemar Popik, Karl Skorecki, Pravin C Singhal
Increasing lines of evidence have demonstrated that the development of higher rates of non-diabetic glomerulosclerosis (GS) in African Americans can be attributed to two coding sequence variants (G1 and G2) in the Apolipoprotein L1 (APOL) gene. Recent studies indicate that the gene products of these APOL1 risk variants have augmented toxicity to kidney cells. However, the biological characteristics of APOL1 and its risk variants are not well elucidated. The APOL1 protein can be divided into several functional domains, including signal peptide (SP), pore forming domain (PFD), membrane address domain (MAD), and SRA-interacting domain...
August 2015: Experimental and Molecular Pathology
Amy R Bentley, Jasmin Divers, Daniel Shriner, Ayo P Doumatey, Orlando M Gutiérrez, Adebowale A Adeyemo, Barry I Freedman, Charles N Rotimi
BACKGROUND: Despite evidence of an association between variants at the apolipoprotein L1 gene (APOL1) locus and a spectrum of related kidney diseases, underlying biological mechanisms remain unknown. An earlier preliminary study published by our group showed that an APOL1 variant (rs73885319) modified the association between high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDLC) and estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) in African Americans. To further understand this relationship, we evaluated the interaction in two additional large cohorts of African Americans for a total of 3,592 unrelated individuals from the Howard University Family Study (HUFS), the Natural History of APOL1-Associated Nephropathy Study (NHAAN), and the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study (ARIC)...
2015: BMC Genomics
Sophie Limou, George W Nelson, Laurence Lecordier, Ping An, Colm S O'hUigin, Victor A David, Elizabeth A Binns-Roemer, Wilfried M Guiblet, Taras K Oleksyk, Etienne Pays, Jeffrey B Kopp, Cheryl A Winkler
A third of African Americans with sporadic focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) or HIV-associated nephropathy (HIVAN) do not carry APOL1 renal risk genotypes. This raises the possibility that other APOL1 variants may contribute to kidney disease. To address this question, we sequenced all APOL1 exons in 1437 Americans of African and European descent, including 464 patients with biopsy-proven FSGS/HIVAN. Testing for association with 33 common and rare variants with FSGS/HIVAN revealed no association independent of strong recessive G1 and G2 effects...
October 2015: Kidney International
Alex N Kasembeli, Raquel Duarte, Michèle Ramsay, Saraladevi Naicker
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a major public health problem worldwide with the estimated incidence growing by approximately 6% annually. There are striking ethnic differences in the prevalence of CKD such that, in the United States, African Americans have the highest prevalence of CKD, four times the incidence of end stage renal disease when compared to Americans of European ancestry suggestive of genetic predisposition. Diabetes mellitus, hypertension and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection are the major causes of CKD...
May 6, 2015: World Journal of Nephrology
Jun Ma, Jasmin Divers, Nicholette D Palmer, Bruce A Julian, Ajay K Israni, David Schladt, Stephen O Pastan, Kryt Chattrabhuti, Michael D Gautreaux, Vera Hauptfeld, Robert A Bray, Allan D Kirk, W Mark Brown, Robert S Gaston, Jeffrey Rogers, Alan C Farney, Giuseppe Orlando, Robert J Stratta, Meijian Guan, Amudha Palanisamy, Amber M Reeves-Daniel, Donald W Bowden, Carl D Langefeld, Pamela J Hicks, Lijun Ma, Barry I Freedman
Variants in donor multidrug resistance protein 1 (ABCB1) and caveolin 1 (CAV1) genes are associated with renal allograft failure after transplantation in Europeans. Here we assessed transplantation outcomes of kidneys from 368 African American (AA) and 314 European American (EA) deceased donors based on 38 single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) spanning ABCB1 and 16 SNPs spanning CAV1, including previously associated index and haplotype-tagging SNPs. Tests for association with time to allograft failure were performed for the 1233 resultant kidney transplantations, adjusting for recipient age, sex, ethnicity, cold ischemia time, panel reactive antibody, human leukocyte antigen match, expanded-criteria donation, and APOL1-nephropathy variants in AA donors...
September 2015: Kidney International
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