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Hypercalciuria is a major cause of nephrolithiasis, and is a common and complex disorder involving genetic and environmental factors. Identification of genetic factors for monogenic forms of hypercalciuria is hampered by the limited availability of large families, and to facilitate such studies, we screened for hypercalciuria in mice from an N-ethyl-N-nitrosourea mutagenesis programme. We identified a mouse with autosomal dominant hypercalciuria (HCALC1). Linkage studies mapped the Hcalc1 locus to a 11.94 Mb region on chromosome 6 containing the transient receptor potential cation channel, subfamily V, members 5 (Trpv5) and 6 (Trpv6) genes. DNA sequence analysis of coding regions, intron-exon boundaries and promoters of Trpv5 and Trpv6 identified a novel T to C transition in codon 682 of TRPV5, mutating a conserved serine to a proline (S682P). Compared to wild-type littermates, heterozygous (Trpv5(682P/+)) and homozygous (Trpv5(682P/682P)) mutant mice had hypercalciuria, polyuria, hyperphosphaturia and a more acidic urine, and ∼10% of males developed tubulointerstitial nephritis. Trpv5(682P/682P) mice also had normal plasma parathyroid hormone but increased 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D(3) concentrations without increased bone resorption, consistent with a renal defect for the hypercalciuria. Expression of the S682P mutation in human embryonic kidney cells revealed that TRPV5-S682P-expressing cells had a lower baseline intracellular calcium concentration than wild-type TRPV5-expressing cells, suggesting an altered calcium permeability. Immunohistological studies revealed a selective decrease in TRPV5-expression from the renal distal convoluted tubules of Trpv5(682P/+) and Trpv5(682P/682P) mice consistent with a trafficking defect. In addition, Trpv5(682P/682P) mice had a reduction in renal expression of the intracellular calcium-binding protein, calbindin-D(28K), consistent with a specific defect in TRPV5-mediated renal calcium reabsorption. Thus, our findings indicate that the TRPV5 S682P mutant is functionally significant and study of HCALC1, a novel model for autosomal dominant hypercalciuria, may help further our understanding of renal calcium reabsorption and hypercalciuria.

Original publication

DOI

10.1371/journal.pone.0055412

Type

Journal article

Journal

PLoS One

Publication Date

2013

Volume

8

Keywords

Animals, Base Sequence, Calbindins, Calcium Channels, Chromosome Mapping, Genes, Dominant, Genetic Predisposition to Disease, Hypercalciuria, Immunohistochemistry, Mice, Molecular Sequence Data, Mutation, Missense, Phenotype, S100 Calcium Binding Protein G, Sequence Analysis, DNA, TRPV Cation Channels