Calcium-sensing receptor mutations and denaturing high performance liquid chromatography

David E C Cole, Francisco H J Yun, Betty Y L Wong, Andrew Y. Shuen, Ronald A. Booth, Alfredo Scillitani, Svetlana Pidasheva, Xiang Zhou, Lucie Canaff, Geoffrey N. Hendy

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The calcium-sensing receptor (CASR), a plasma membrane G-protein-coupled receptor, is expressed in parathyroid gland and kidney, and controls systemic calcium homeostasis. Inactivating CASR mutations are associated with familial hypocalciuric hypercalcemia (FHH) and neonatal severe hyperparathyroidism, and activating mutations cause autosomal dominant hypocalcemia (ADH). CASR mutation identification plays an important role in the clinical management of mineral metabolism disorders. We describe here a high-throughput method using screening with denaturing high performance liquid chromatography (DHPLC) to initially interrogate 12 amplicons covering translated exons and exon/intron boundaries, followed by sequencing of any amplicon with a modified melting curve relative to wild type, and direct sequencing of a 13th amplicon encoding the COOH-terminal tail to distinguish causative mutations from three common missense single nucleotide polymorphisms. A blinded analysis of 32 positive controls representing mutations throughout the CASR sequence, as well as 22 negative controls, yielded a concordance rate of 100%. We report eight novel and five recurrent FHH mutations, along with six novel and two recurrent ADH mutations. Thus, DHPLC provides a rapid and effective means to screen for CASR mutations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)331-339
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Molecular Endocrinology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology
  • Molecular Biology


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