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Novel Sequence Variation Affects GPIbα in Post-diarrheal Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome

Elena Volokhina1, Arjen Jakobi2, Rolf Urbanus3, Eric Huizinga2, Henk Sluiter4, Cees Middel5, Dineke Westra1, Waander van Heerde5, Nicole van de Kar1 and Lambertus van den Heuvel1,5,6*

1Department of Pediatric Nephrology, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Center, The Netherlands

2Department of Crystal and Structural Chemistry, Bijvoet Center for Biomolecular Research, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

3Department of Clinical Chemistry and Hematology, University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands

4Department of Nephrology, Deventer Hospital, The Netherlands

5Department of Laboratory, Medicine, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, The Netherlands

6Department of Pediatrics, University Hospitals Leuven, Belgium

*Corresponding Author:
van den Heuvel L.P
Department of Pediatric Nephrology
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Received Date: February 04, 2014; Accepted Date: March 22, 2014; Published Date: March 27, 2014

Citation: Volokhina E, Jakobi A, Urbanus R, Huizinga E, Sluiter H, et al. (2014) Novel Sequence Variation Affects GPIb α in Post-diarrheal Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome. J Nephrol Therapeutic S11:007. doi:10.4172/2161-0959.S11-007

Copyright: © 2014 Volokhina E, 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.


Background: Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) is one of the major causes of renal failure in children. In most cases the disease is caused by infection with Shiga toxin- producing Escherichia coli (STEC) and preceded by diarrhea. Only in 15% of cases STEC infection leads to HUS. Genetic predisposition of a patient to develop HUS after STEC infection might play a role, but very few reports on this subject are available. We describe a novel missense mutation in the GP1BA gene encoding platelet-receptor glycoprotein Ibα (GPIbα) in a severely affected HUS patient.
Methods: GP1BA was screened by Sanger sequencing. Binding of recombinant GPIbα and von Willebrand factor (VWF) fragments was analyzed using surface plasmon resonance (SPR). The hematological studies using patient blood were performed.
Results: The detected heterozygous mutation p.Pro46Leu is located in the proximity to one of the two GPIbα-VWF binding sites. SPR experiments show that the p.Pro46Leu leads to a small increase in GPIbα-VWF binding (p<0.001). The hemostatic parameters of patient blood after recovery from HUS show normal values.
Conclusions: The described mutation affects GPIbα interaction with VWF in a mild gain-of-function manner and might have contributed to a prothrombotic state in the patient and to development of HUS.


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