Molecular genetic analysis of polycystic kidney disease 1 and polycystic kidney disease 2 mutations in pedigrees with autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease
Fatemeh Bitarafan1, Masoud Garshasbi2
1 Department of Cellular and Molecular Biology, North Tehran Branch, Islamic Azad University, Teheran, Iran
2 Department of Medical Genetics, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Tarbiat Modares University, Teheran, Iran
|Date of Submission||29-Oct-2018|
|Date of Decision||08-Jan-2019|
|Date of Acceptance||25-Feb-2019|
|Date of Web Publication||22-May-2019|
Dr. Masoud Garshasbi
Department of Medical Genetics, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
Background: Dysfunction of polycystin-1 or polycystin-2, the proteins encoded by polycystic kidney disease 1 (PKD1) and PKD2, respectively, are the cause of autosomal dominant PKD (ADPKD). This genetically heterogeneous monogenic disorder is the most common inherited kidney disease. The disease manifests are progressive cyst growth, renal enlargement, and renal failure, due to abnormal proliferation of kidney tubular epithelium. Materials and Methods: In this study, mutation analysis of PKD1 and PKD2 genes in nine Iranian families was performed using next-generation sequencing. All patients met the diagnostic criteria of ADPKD. Results: Mutations were found in all 9 families in PKD1 gene, comprising 2 novel and 7 previously reported mutations. No mutation in PKD2 was identified. Conclusion: Finding more mutations and expanding the spectrum of PKD1 and PKD2 mutations can increase the diagnostic value of molecular testing in the screening of ADPKD patients.
Keywords: Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease, next-generation sequencing, polycystic kidney disease 1, polycystic kidney disease 2
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Bitarafan F, Garshasbi M. Molecular genetic analysis of polycystic kidney disease 1 and polycystic kidney disease 2 mutations in pedigrees with autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease. J Res Med Sci 2019;24:44
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Bitarafan F, Garshasbi M. Molecular genetic analysis of polycystic kidney disease 1 and polycystic kidney disease 2 mutations in pedigrees with autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease. J Res Med Sci [serial online] 2019 [cited 2019 Nov 19];24:44. Available from: http://www.jmsjournal.net/text.asp?2019/24/1/44/258709
| Introduction|| |
Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) is the most frequently inherited cause of renal cystics in human with the prevalence ranges of 1:400 and 1:1000 worldwide. ADPKD is a late-onset multisystemic disorder, characterized by massive kidney enlargement and progressive chronic renal disease, but also cysts and connective tissue abnormalities involving many other organs such as liver, seminal vesicles, pancreas, spleen, arachnoids membrane, and vascular abnormalities., Renal symptoms include hypertension, renal pain, and renal insufficiency. Approximately 50% of ADPKD patients are affected with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) in late middle age., The disease is genetically heterogeneous, and the severity of disease varies greatly even within the same family.
Mutations in at least two genes of PKD1 and PKD2 have been identified as the cause of ADPKD. Manifests are progressive cyst growth, renal enlargement, and renal failure, due to abnormal proliferation of kidney tubular epithelium. The ~50 kb PKD1 gene which is mapped to 16p13.3, contains 46 exons, encodes a 4302 amino acid comprising 11-pass plasma membrane glycoprotein, the polycystin-1 (PC-1). Pseudogenes PKD1 P1-P6 (exons 1–33) are duplicated six times and located on chromosome 16, which share 97.7% sequence identity with PKD1, but they carry large deletions compared to PKD1., The human PKD2 gene on chromosome 4q21 contains 15 exons in a genomic area of ~68 kb and encodes a 968 amino acids protein, polycystin-2. Polycystin-2, a putative ion channel, which functions as a nonselective cation channel can conduct calcium ions. In approximately 85%–90% of ADPKD cases, pathogenic mutations in PKD1 are causative whereas in approximately 10%–15% of the remaining patient's pathogenic mutations in PKD2 are causative., In patients with mutations in PKD2, milder clinical course compared to PKD1 patient s, fewer renal cysts and milder hypertension lead to delayed progression to end-stage kidney failure.
It has been shown that the polycystin-1 and polycystin-2 as integral membrane proteins, play key roles in maintaining normal kidney tubular structure during the renal development. These proteins modulate intracellular calcium homeostasis and other signal transduction pathways and mediate cell adhesion in the primary cilia of the renal epithelium cells. These two proteins interact with each other through their C-terminal regions. Studies suggest potential roles for polycystin-1 in the regulation of ion transport either directly or through its association with polycystin-2. Dysfunctions of the PC-1 or PC-2 proteins disturb tissue morphogenesis and trigger abnormal cell proliferation and cyst formation.
So far, 2323 and 278 germline variants have been reported in PKD1 and PKD2, respectively, in the Autosomal Dominant PKD Mutation Database (PKDB). PKDB has also recorded 9 somatic sequence mutations of PKD1 and 27 somatic mutations of the PKD2 gene (http://pkdb.mayo.edu). The Human Gene Mutation Database (HGMD) has recorded 1,516 and 261 mutations of the PKD1 and PKD2 genes, respectively (http://www.hgmd.cf.ac.uk).
In this study, a total of nine Iranian patients from apparently unrelated families were screened for PKD1 and PKD2 mutations by next-generation sequencing (NGS). Nine mutations were identified throughout the PKD1 gene which they are mainly predicted to truncate and probably inactivate the protein. No mutation in PKD2 was identified.
| Materials and Methods|| |
In this study, mutation analysis of PKD1 and PKD2 genes in nine Iranian families with a diagnosis of ADPKD was performed. Written informed consent for research was obtained from all participants. Blood samples were collected from nine families including at least one affected individual, total number of 17 patients, and 10 healthy individuals [Table 1]. The diagnosis of the disease was made by nephrologists based on a renal ultrasound finding consistent with ADPKD and enlarged cystic kidneys. Pedigrees are shown in [Figure 1].
Genomic DNAs were extracted from the peripheral blood of probands and their available family members by a High Pure PCR template preparation kit (Roche; Product No, 11814770001). Genetic screening for the PKD1 and PKD2 genes in proband in each family was performed in BGI clinical laboratories (China) using a custom designed Nimblegen chip capturing the PKD1 (NM_001009944) and PKD2 (NM_000297) genes followed by NGS. In general, the test platform examined >95% of the target genes with sensitivity >99%. Point mutation, micro-insertion, deletion, and duplications (<20 bp) can be simultaneously detected. For analysis of the sequencing results, the international publicly available mutation and polymorphism databases such as 1000 genome project, Exome Aggregation Consortium (ExAC) and Exon Sequencing Projects as well as BGI self-developed local database were employed. Only variants with a frequency below 0.01 were selected. Previously reported mutations that have been described in HGMD as pathogenic were given the highest priority. Prediction of the consequence of mutations was obtained from at least three online databases namely SIFT, Polyphen2, and Mutation Taster. In addition, ConSurf (http://www.consurf.tau.ac.il) was applied to check the evolutionary conservation in the region of the mutations [Figure 2].
The identified mutations in PKD1 gene were confirmed by direct Sanger sequencing in patients and their family members to determine whether the mutations are co-segregated with the disease in these families. The target sites amplified using primers, on request is available.
In order to confirm the identified variants, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) analysis was carried out in a total volume of 25 μL containing 0.5 μL of each forward and reverse primers, 10 μL of PCR Master mix magnesium chloride (1.5 Mm), and 1 μL of DNA (about 100 ng). The reaction was adjusted to the total volume of 25 μL by ddH2O. The PCR was performed using an initial denaturation step at 95°C for 5 min, followed by 35 cycles of denaturation at 95°C for 30 s, annealing at 61 for 30 s, and elongation at 72°C for 30 s. Products of PCR were examined by 2% agarose gel electrophoresis for the presence and sizes of amplicons. Consequently, DNA sequencing of the PCR products was performed on a 3130 ABI capillary electrophoresis. Sequencing chromatograms were analyzed using Codoncode aligner software version 6.0.2 (CodonCode Corporation, Centerville, MA 02632, USA).
| Results|| |
This study assessed a total of 27 Iranian individuals, 9 index-cases and 18 relatives, to confirm the diagnosis of the ADPKD disease [Table 1].
The sequencing of the total length of PKD1 and PKD2 ( 15819 bp) with coverage ranging from 92.69% to 99.98%, average depth between 90.24X and 178.0X and minimum depth of 30X was obtained.
In total nine different mutant variants in 9 different exons, 5, 7, 15, 32, 34, 38, 40, 44, and 46, including, one missense, 2 small deletions, and 6 nonsense mutations in PKD1 gene were found. Seven mutations in the present study have been described previously (p. Trp3785Ter, p. Gln3475Ter, p. Ser523Ter, p. Arg37 19Gln, p. Gln3395Ter, P. Ser286SerfsX2, and p. Gln4042Ter) and 2 mutations were novel (p. Phe4226 Leufs*132 and p. Trp1414Ter). The two identified novel mutations were predicted to be disease-causing using prediction tools [Table 2].
|Table 2: In Silico prediction with software SIFT, Polyphen2 and mutation taster|
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DNA from a 31-year-old symptomatic man with the possible diagnosis of ADPKD, enlarged cystic kidneys, was screened for mutations in PKD1 and PKD2 by NGS. A previously reported pathogenic nonsense mutation, c.11355G>A; p. Trp3785Ter, in exon 40 of PKD1 was identified. We could show co-segregating with the disease in this family by investigating the other patient, affected mother, and two healthy individuals.
DNA from a 40-year-old symptomatic patient with possible diagnosis of ADPKD due to enlarged cystic kidneys in abdominal ultrasonography was screened for mutations in PKD1 and PKD2 by NGS. A previously reported pathogenic nonsense mutation, c.10423C>T; p. Gln3475Ter, in exon 34 of PKD1 was identified. We could show that this mutation is co-segregating with the disease in this family by investigating two additional patients and two healthy individuals.
DNA from a 26-year-old symptomatic male with possible diagnosis of ADPKD was screened for mutations in PKD1 and PKD2 by NGS. A previously reported pathogenic nonsense mutation, c.1568C>G; p. Ser523Ter, in exon 7 of PKD1 was identified.
DNA from a 36-year-old symptomatic male with possible diagnosis of ADPKD was screened for mutations in PKD1 and PKD2 by NGS. A novel likely pathogenic frameshift variant, c. 12678delT; p. Phe4226 Leufs*132, in PKD1 was identified. This variant is a single nucleotide deletion (delT) at position 12678 in exon 46 of PKD1, causing a frameshift at amino acid 4226 which leads to a stop codon at 132 residues later. This mutation has not been described in 1000 Genome, ExAC and HGMD databases. This mutation was predicted to be disease-causing by mutation tasting.
DNA from a 36-year-old symptomatic male with possible diagnosis of ADPKD was screened for mutations in PKD1 and PKD2 by NGS. A previously reported pathogenic missense c.11156G>A; p. Arg3719Gln mutation in PKD1 was identified. We investigated this mutation in his affected mother and sister, and one healthy individual and could show co-segregation with the disease in this family.
DNA from a 39-year-old symptomatic male with a possible diagnosis of ADPKD with no family history was screened for mutations in PKD1 and PKD2 by NGS. A novel likely pathogenic mutation, c. 4242G > A; p. Trp1414Ter, in PKD1 gene was identified. This mutation has not been described in 1000Genome, ExAC and HGMD databases. This mutation was predicted to be disease-causing by mutation tasting.
DNA from a 33-year-old symptomatic male with possible diagnosis of ADPKD and male infertility, was screened for mutations in PKD1 and PKD2 by NGS. The couple was complaining from unsuccessful conception after 3 years of unprotected sexual intercourse. A previously reported likely pathogenic nonsense mutation, c.10183C>T; p. Gln3395Ter, in PKD1 gene was identified.
DNA from a 34-year-old symptomatic male with possible diagnosis of ADPKD was screened for mutations in PKD1 and PKD2 by NGS. A previously reported pathogenic 7 bp deletion mutation of c. 856_862delTCTGGCC; p. Ser286SerfsX2 in exon 5 of PKD1 was identified. This mutation was also found in his affected mother and was absent in his healthy Father.
DNA from a 32-year-old symptomatic male with possible diagnosis of ADPKD and cardiovascular problem was screened for mutations in PKD1 and PKD2 by NGS. A previously reported nonsense mutation, c.12124 C > T; p. Gln4042Ter, in PKD1 gene was identified. We could show co-segregation of this mutation with the disease in this family by showing its presence in the two additional patients and absence in the two healthy individuals.
The list and sequencing chromatographs of the identified mutations in the proband and another investigated individuals of each family are shown in [Table 1] and [Figure 3], respectively.
The in-silico pathogenicity predictions for each mutation using SIFT, polyphen2, and mutation taster software are shown in [Table 2].
The identified mutations in PKD1 gene were confirmed by direct Sanger sequencing in patients and their family members to determine whether the mutations are co-segregated with the disease in these families.
| Discussion|| |
Screening for mutations has shown that mutations of PKD1 and PKD2 genes are affecting about 85% and 15% of ADPKD cases, respectively.PKD1 or PKD2 has high allelic heterogeneity, and no hotspot site for mutations in these two genes has been found so far. Mutations in these genes are usually private and highly variable. Therefore, a complete mutation analysis of PKD1 and PKD2 is needed in ADPKD patients.
Although several studies have shown that around 10%–15% of ADPKD cases are due to mutations in PKD2 gene, here 100% of mutations found only in PKD1 gene.
For example from the 52 mutations identified in a study in Germany, 86.7% of the mutations were in PKD1 and 13.3% in PKD2. A similar study in South Korea has shown 83.3% of mutations in PKD1 and 16.7% in PKD2. Another study in South Korea has identified a total of 76 variations (84.4%) in PKD1 and 14 (15.6%) in PKD2. Another study on a large cohort of 700 unrelated ADPKD patients in France has resulted in the identification of 83.8% pathogenic mutations in PKD1 and 16.2% in PKD2. The rate of mutations in PKD1 and PKD2 in the Chinese ADPKD patients has been shown to be 84.2% and 15.8% PKD2, respectively. Mutational analysis in 18 unrelated Iranian families with ADPKD has revealed 88.9% and 11.1% of mutations in PKD1 and PKD2, respectively. The lack of mutation in PKD2 in this study might be due to the fact that patients selected here had sever phenotypes and they had early onset.
Regarding the types of mutations found in this study, there were in total 8 truncating mutations (nonsense [n = 6] and frameshift [n = 2]), and 1 missense change.
Truncating mutations were the most frequent sequence changes in our patients, which is in concordance with previous studies. These mutations are inactivating and cause ADPKD through a loss, or dosage reduction, of polycystin-1 protein.
The pathogenic missense mutation (p.R3719Q) is also predicted to be truncating, through its effect on the splicing. This mutation abolishes the donor splice site of intron 38 and causes integration of this exon along with 117 bp of intron 38 and skipping of exon 39. The mRNA contains a premature stop codon which results to a smaller polycystin-1 protein lacking the last 585 C terminal amino acids and makes it susceptible to degradation by the nonsense-mediated decay.
Studies have shown that transfected cells expressing polycystin-1 lacking its carboxyl terminus do not interact with polycystin-2. On the other hand, previous studies on animal models of ADPKD have shown that the decrease of PKD1 expression is sufficient to initiate cytogenesis and vascular defects.
PKD1 mutations found in this study are more frequent in the C terminal part, compared to the N terminal part.
ADPKD is a systemic disease with preferential renal involvement. The severity of renal disease and other complications of ADPKD varies among affected individuals, even within the same family.
Many other organs in ADPKD patients can be affected and cause other disorders such as infertility and cardiovascular problems. ESRD in the mother of patient 5 with p. Arg3719Gln, infertility of patient 7 with p. Gln3395Ter, and vascular complications in patient 9 with p. Gln4042Ter mutations are in line with previous reports.,,, It has been shown that progressive cysts growth and renal enlargement due to PKD1 mutations are associated with the more severe clinical course of the disease resulting in ESRD in the average age of 53.4 years.
Although men with ADPKD are usually fertile, studies have presented that Polycystic is expressed in the cilia and flagella and abnormal proteins can lead to male infertility.
Polycystin-1 is believed to play a role in cell–cell interactions and Polycystin-2 functions as a calcium (Ca2+) permeable ion channel with a possible role in the regulation of intracellular calcium ion concentrations. In addition, Polycystin-1 and 2 are expressed in vascular smooth muscle and endothelial, suggesting that the polycystins have a direct role in the vascular manifestations of the disease.
Finding more mutations and expanding the spectrum of PKD1 and PKD2 mutations can increase diagnostic value of molecular testing in screening of ADPKD patients and help to reduce morbidity and mortality from renal disorders or other complications of the disease through therapeutic interventions.
| Conclusion|| |
In the present study, nine mutations located in nine different exons including 5, 7, 15, 32, 34, 38, 40, 44, and 46 were detected in PKD1 gene. Seven mutations were described previously in Chinese, French, German, Italian, and British populations. Two mutations in PKD1 gene in this study were novel and expand the mutation spectrum of PKD1. Finding more mutations and expanding the spectrum of PKD1 and PKD2 mutations can increase the diagnostic value of molecular testing in screening of ADPKD patients.
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