Efficient targeted next generation sequencing-based workflow for differential diagnosis of Alport-related disorders

Gábor Kovács, Tibor Kalmár, Emöke Endreffy, Zoltán Ondrik, Béla Iványi, Csaba Rikker, Ibolya Haszon, Sándor Túri, Mária Sinkó, Csaba Bereczki, Zoltán Maróti

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Abstract

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. We successfully identified mutations in all investigated cases, including 14 unpublished mutations in our Hungarian cohort. We present an easy to use unified clinical/diagnostic terminology and workflow not only for X-linked but for autosomal AS, but also for Alport-related diseases. In families where a diagnosis has been established by molecular genetic analysis, the renal biopsy may be rendered unnecessary.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0149241
JournalPloS one
Volume11
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • General

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