Calcium-Sensing Receptor (CASR) mutations in hypercalcemic states: Studies from a single endocrine clinic over three years

Vito Guarnieri, Lucie Canaff, Francisco H J Yun, Alfredo Scillitani, Claudia Battista, Lucia A. Muscarella, Betty Y L Wong, Angelantonio Notarangelo, Leonardo D'Agruma, Michele Sacco, David E C Cole, Geoffrey N. Hendy

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Context: Inactivating mutations of the calcium-sensing receptor (CASR) are implicated in different hypercalcemic syndromes, including familial hypocalciuric hypercalcemia (FHH), primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT), and familial isolated hyperparathyroidism (FIHP). However, molecular diagnostics applied to large nonselected hypercalcemic cohorts from a single center have not been reported. Objective: Our objective was to describe the prevalence, type, and potential pathogenicity of CASR mutations in a series of cases with FHH (n = 17), PHPT (n = 165), and FIHP (n = 3) and controls (n = 198) presenting at a single endocrine clinic. Subjects: All were prospectively evaluated at the "Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza" Hospital in southern Italy over a 3-yr period. Methods: CASR screening was conducted by denaturing HPLC. The variant CASRs were functionally characterized by transient transfection studies in kidney cells in vitro. Results: A single novel missense variant was identified in one PHPT case. However, in FHH probands, mutations were found in eight of 17 (47%). With a hypercalcemic family member, mutation detection rate in FHH rose to seven of eight (87%), whereas only one of nine sporadic cases was positive, and none of the three FIHP cases had detectable CASR mutations. Five missense variant CASRs, identified in control subjects, performed as wild type in functional assays, whereas the missense mutant CASRs identified in the FHH patients, and in the one PHPT case, exhibited significant impairment. A novel intronic mutation (IVS4-19a→c) found in one FHH family, created an abnormally spliced product in an in vitro minigene assay. Conclusion: CASR testing, with functional analysis, provides critical confirmatory evidence in the differential diagnosis of hypercalcemic states.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1819-1829
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Endocrinology
  • Biochemistry, medical
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Medicine(all)


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