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Adenine Phosphoribosyltransferase Deficiency: An Under-Recognized Cause of Urolithiasis and Renal Failure

Irène Ceballos-Picot1*, Morgan Ledroit1, Lionel Mockel1, Véronique Droin1, Michel Daudon2, Mohamad Zaidin3, Jérôme Harambat4 and Guillaume Bollée5

1Paris Descartes University, Sorbonne Paris Cité; Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris, Laboratory of Metabolomic and Proteomic Biochemistry; Center of reference Inherited metabolic diseases, Necker Universitary Hospital, Paris, France

2Functional Exploratory Unit, Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris, Tenon Hospital, Paris, France

3Department of Nephrology-Transplantation, Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris Necker Universitary Hospital, Paris, France and INSERM, U845, Paris, France

4Department of Pediatric Nephrology, Bordeaux Universitary Hospital, France

5Division of Nephrology and Research Center of the Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal and Université de Montréal, Québec, Canada

*Corresponding Author:
Irène Ceballos-Picot
Laboratory of Metabolomic and Proteomic Biochemistry
Necker Universitary Hospital, Paris, France
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E-mail: [email protected]

Received Date: April 25, 2014; Accepted Date: June 28, 2014; Published Date: July 04, 2014

Citation: Picot IC, Ledroit M, Mockel L, Droin V, Daudon M, et al. (2014) Adenine Phosphoribosyltransferase Deficiency: An Under-Recognized Cause of Urolithiasis and Renal Failure. J Nephrol Ther 4:173. doi:10.4172/2161-0959.1000173

Copyright: © 2014 Picot IC, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Early diagnosis of monogenic forms of urolithiasis is important to prevent associated renal injury and other treatable disease manifestations, but is often delayed due to lack of knowledge of these rare disorders. Adenine phosphoribosyltransferase (APRT) deficiency is an under-recognized autosomal recessive disorder causing 2,8 dihydroxyadenine (2,8-DHA) urolithiasis and crystalline nephropathy secondary to intratubular 2,8-DHA crystalline precipitation. Patients often present with kidney stones but may also present with renal failure in the absence of stones or nephrocalcinosis. The disease can be efficiently treated by inhibitors of xanthine dehydrogenease (XDH), which makes early diagnosis and treatment essential to prevent recurrence of urolithiasis and nephropathy. Here, we reviewed 67 patients from 56 families with complete APRT deficiency identified at Necker Universitary Hospital, Paris, France, between 1978 and 2014. The initial clinical presentation was urolithiasis in all symptomatic pediatric patients. In adult patients, recurrent nephrolithiasis was a much more common presentation (73%) than crystalline nephropathy (27%). Unfortunately, APRT deficiency was often misdiagnosed and irreversible loss of renal function occurred in 20% of cases. APRT gene sequencing was performed in 54 patients (81%) in 46 families: 25 pediatric patients in 22 families and 29 adult patients in 26 families. 98 mutated alleles were found out of 108 analyzed (91%). Twenty seven different mutations were identified. A single T insertion at the intron 4 splice donor site (c.400+2dup) leading to a truncated protein, accounted for 36 percent of mutated alleles for pediatric and adult cases. This review summarizes the genetic data of a large cohort of pediatric and adult patients along with the issues for diagnosis and management of APRT deficiency and highlights the underdiagnosis associated with the potential severity of APRT deficiency. Early diagnosis is essential for treatment initiation and prevention of renal complications.


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