Journal article

The R229Q mutation in NPHS2 may predispose to proteinuria in thin-basement-membrane nephropathy

Stephen Tonna, Yan Yan Wang, Diane Wilson, Lin Rigby, Tania Tabone, Richard Cotton, Judy Savige



Thin-basement-membrane nephropathy (TBMN) is characterized by persistent dysmorphic hematuria, and the presence of proteinuria is a risk factor for renal impairment. TBMN is often due to mutations in the COL4A3 and COL4A4 genes, and this study determined whether additional mutations in genes encoding other structures in the glomerular filtration barrier contributed to the development of proteinuria. Fifty-six unrelated individuals with TBMN including 18 (32%) with proteinuria > or = 300 mg/L and ten (18%) with proteinuria > or = 500 mg/L were studied. Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) was screened for NPHS2 mutations and variants (R138Q and P375L) using single-stranded conformational analysis (SSC..

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