The gene encoding hydroxypyruvate reductase (GRHPR) is mutated in primary hyperoxaluria type II

Department of Cancer Biology, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC 27157, USA.
Human Molecular Genetics (Impact Factor: 6.68). 11/1999; 8(11):2063-9. DOI: 10.1093/hmg/8.11.2063
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ABSTRACT Primary hyperoxaluria type II (PH2) is a rare monogenic disorder that is characterized by a lack of the enzyme that catalyzes the reduction of hydroxypyruvate to D-glycerate, the reduction of glyoxylate to glycolate and the oxidation of D-glycerate to hydroxypyruvate. The disease is characterized by an elevated urinary excretion of oxalate and L-glycerate. The increased oxalate excretion can cause nephrolithiasis and nephrocalci-nosis and can, in some cases, result in renal failure and systemic oxalate deposition. We identified a glyoxylate reductase/hydroxypyruvate reductase (GRHPR) cDNA clone from a human liver expressed sequence tag (EST) library. Nucleotide sequence analysis identified a 1198 nucleotide clone that encoded a 984 nucleotide open reading frame. The open reading frame encodes a predicted 328 amino acid protein with a mass of 35 563 Da. Transient transfection of the cDNA clone into COS cells verified that it encoded an enzyme with hydroxy-pyruvate reductase, glyoxylate reductase and D-glycerate dehydrogenase enzymatic activities. Database analysis of human ESTs reveals widespread tissue expression, indicating that the enzyme may have a previously unrecognized role in metabolism. The genomic structure of the human GRHPR gene was determined and contains nine exons and eight introns and spans approximately 9 kb pericentromeric on chromosome 9. Four PH2 patients representing two pairs of siblings from two unrelated families were analyzed for mutations in GRHPR by single strand conformation polymorphism analysis. All four patients were homozygous for a single nucleotide deletion at codon 35 in exon 2, resulting in a premature stop codon at codon 45. The cDNA that we have identified represents the first characterization of an animal GRHPR sequence. The data we present will facilitate future genetic testing to confirm the clinical diagnosis of PH2. These data will also facilitate heterozygote testing and prenatal testing in families affected with PH2 to aid in genetic counseling.

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    • "Calcium oxalate crystallizes in the urine, leading to nephrocalcinosis , urolithiasis, and consequent renal failure if treatment is not initiated promptly. The three known types of PH are PH1, due to mutations in the AGXT gene (Purdue et al. 1990), PH2, caused by mutations in GRHPR (Cramer et al. 1999), and PH3 arising from defects in HOGA1 (Belostotsky et al. 2010). The different types of PH appear clinically very similar, with a similar age of onset (Williams et al. 2012) although treatment choices vary according to type, and it is, therefore, essential that an accurate diagnosis is established early in the course of disease to guide appropriate and effective treat- ment. "
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    ABSTRACT: Definitive diagnosis of primary hyperoxaluria (PH) currently utilizes sequential Sanger sequencing of the AGXT, GRPHR, and HOGA1 genes but efficacy is unproven. This analysis is time-consuming, relatively expensive, and delays in diagnosis and inappropriate treatment can occur if not pursued early in the diagnostic work-up. We reviewed testing outcomes of Sanger sequencing in 200 consecutive patient samples referred for analysis. In addition, the Illumina Truseq custom amplicon system was evaluated for paralleled next-generation sequencing (NGS) of AGXT, GRHPR, and HOGA1 in 90 known PH patients. AGXT sequencing was requested in all patients, permitting a diagnosis of PH1 in 50%. All remaining patients underwent targeted exon sequencing of GRHPR and HOGA1 with 8% diagnosed with PH2 and 8% with PH3. Complete sequencing of both GRHPR and HOGA1 was not requested in 25% of patients referred leaving their diagnosis in doubt. NGS analysis showed 98% agreement with Sanger sequencing and both approaches had 100% diagnostic specificity. Diagnostic sensitivity of Sanger sequencing was 98% and for NGS it was 97%. NGS has comparable diagnostic performance to Sanger sequencing for the diagnosis of PH and, if implemented, would screen for all forms of PH simultaneously ensuring prompt diagnosis at decreased cost.
    11/2014; 3(1). DOI:10.1002/mgg3.118
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    • "The second type, PH2 (MIM #260000), is caused by a deficiency in glyoxylate reductase/hydroxypyruvate reductase (GRHPR; EC [3] [4] [5], a cytosolic enzyme. The recently identified PH type 3 (MIM #613616) [6] is linked to the gene DHDPSL, encoding a mitochondrial enzyme, although "
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    06/2011; 2011:864580. DOI:10.4061/2011/864580
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    • "Primer sequences were based on the published genomic DNA sequence accession number AF146689 ( (Cramer et al., 1999). PCR reaction volumes were typically 25 ul. "
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    ABSTRACT: Primary hyperoxaluria type 2, an inherited autosomal recessive disorder of endogenous oxalate overproduction, is caused by mutations in the GRHPR gene encoding the glyoxylate/hydroxypyruvate reductase enzyme. The GRHPR genes from nineteen unrelated patients with PH2 were analysed for mutations using a combination of PCR-SSCP and sequence analysis of genomic and cDNA. Eleven mutations were identified, seven of which are novel. The mutations included five point mutations: c.84-2A>G, c.295C>T (R99X), c.494G>A (G165D), and c.904C>T (R302C) as well as six minor deletions: c.103delG, c.375delG, c.403_405+2 delAAGT, c.540delT, c.608_609delCT and a more complex mutation in intron 1: c.84-13_c.84-12del; c.84-8_c.84-5del. Aberrant transcripts were demonstrated in hepatic mRNA as a result of the c.403_405+2 delAAGT and c.84-2A>G mutations. In addition, a splice variant lacking 28 bp of exon 1 was expressed in a number of tissues but is of unknown function. Two polymorphisms, c.579A>G in exon 6 and a (CT)(n) microsatellite in intron 8 were identified. Expression studies showed that the G165D and R302C mutants had glyoxylate reductase activity 1.5 and 5.6% respectively of the wild type protein. Both mutant proteins were unstable on purification. Although there is wide expression of the GRHPR mRNA demonstrated by northern blot analysis, our study shows that GRHPR protein distribution is predominantly hepatic and concludes that PH2, like the related type 1 disease, is primarily a disorder affecting hepatic glyoxylate metabolism.
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