Combined complement gene mutations in atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome influence clinical phenotype

Elena Bresin, Erica Rurali, Jessica Caprioli, Pilar Sanchez-Corral, Veronique Fremeaux-Bacchi, Santiago Rodriguez De Cordoba, Sheila Pinto, Timothy H J Goodship, Marta Alberti, David Ribes, Elisabetta Valoti, Giuseppe Remuzzi, Marina Noris

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Several abnormalities in complement genes reportedly contribute to atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS), but incomplete penetrance suggests that additional factors are necessary for the disease to manifest. Here, we sought to describe genotype-phenotype correlations among patients with combined mutations, defined asmutations inmore than one complement gene.We screened 795 patientswith aHUS and identified single mutations in 41% and combined mutations in 3%. Only 8%-10% of patients with mutations in CFH, C3, or CFB had combined mutations, whereas approximately 25% of patients with mutations in MCP or CFI had combined mutations. The concomitant presence of CFH and MCP risk haplotypes significantly increased disease penetrance in combined mutated carriers, with 73% penetrance among carriers with two risk haplotypes compared with 36% penetrance among carriers with zero or one risk haplotype. Among patients with CFH or CFI mutations, the presence of mutations in other genes did notmodify prognosis; in contrast, 50%of patientswith combinedMCPmutation developed end stage renal failure within 3 years from onset compared with 19% of patients with an isolated MCP mutation. Patients with combined mutations achieved remission with plasma treatment similar to patients with single mutations. Kidney transplant outcomes were worse, however, for patients with combined MCP mutation compared with an isolated MCP mutation. In summary, these data suggest that genotyping for the risk haplotypes in CFH andMCP may help predict the risk of developing aHUS in unaffected carriers of mutations. Furthermore, screening patients with aHUS for all known disease-associated genes may inform decisions about kidney transplantation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)475-486
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of the American Society of Nephrology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Feb 28 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology


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