□ ORIGINAL ARTICLE □
CCR2 Polymorphism in Chronic Renal Failure Patients
Requiring Long-Term Hemodialysis
Hande Kucuk Kurtulgan
1, Binnur Koksal1, Gokhan Bagci1,
1and Ozturk Ozdemir2
as by infiltrating cells during renal inflammation. The CCR2 chemokine receptor mediates leukocyte
chemoattraction in the initiation and amplification phase of renal inflammation. The polymorphism, CCR2-
V64I, changes valine 64 of CCR2 to isoleucine. We aimed to determine the frequency of CCR2-V64I poly-
morphism in patients with chronic renal failure requiring long-term hemodialysis.
and Patients The PCR-based restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP) technique
was used to assess the gene frequencies of CCR2-641 in CRF patients (n=210) and healthy controls (n=139)
in the current study.
The frequencies of the CCR2 genotype were 0.68 for V/V, 0.28 for V/I, and 0.4 for I/I in the CRF
patients and 0.81 for V/V, 018 for V/I and 0.1 for I/I in healthy controls. The distribution of the CCR2-V64I
mutant genotype was significantly different between subjects with CRF and healthy control subjects (X2=
7.197 and p=0.027).
We found that the CCR2-V64I polymorphism was significantly high in CRF patients. In addi-
tion to the contribution to disease pathogenesis, it was recently found that chemokines have therapeutic im-
portance in chronic renal failure. The frequency of CCR2-V64I and other chemokine and chemokine receptor
polymorphisms in renal pathologies must be further investigated in larger study populations and in different
A number of chemokines and chemokine receptors are produced by intrinsic renal cells as well
Key words: CCR2 gene, chronic renal failure, chemokines
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Chemokines are proinflammatory cytokines that function
in leukocyte chemoattraction (1). Chemokines can be di-
vided into four families based on their amino acid sequence
in relation to their cysteine moieties/differences in structure:
CC, CXC, CX3C and XC (2). CCR2 is a cognate receptor of
MCP1, a member of the CC family of chemokines (also
termed monocyte chemoactive and activating factor, or
CCL2), which is mainly expressed on monocytes (3).
CCR2 protein has 374 amino acids and the polymor-
phism, CCR2-V64I (also named CCR2G190A) is a transi-
tion mutation that changes valine 64 of CCR2 to isoleucine.
Studies indicate that CCR2 V64I mutation does not affect
the CCR2 expression level (4). The amino-terminal domain
of CCR2 is necessary for binding of MCP1. CCR2 muta-
tions have been associated with insulin-dependent diabetes
mellitus (5), a reduced risk for severe coronary artery dis-
ease (6), and a delay in the progression to AIDS in human
immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected individuals (7).
Locally secreted chemokines mediate leukocyte recruit-
ment during the initiation and amplification phase of renal
inflammation. In the initiation phase, renal cells release
chemokines and induce leukocyte infiltration to the place of
injury. In the amplification phase the infiltrating leukocytes
１Department of Medical Genetics, Faculty of Medicine, Cumhuriyet University, Turkey and
cine, Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Turkey
Received for publication January 7, 2011; Accepted for publication July 8, 2011
Correspondence to Dr. Ilhan Sezgin, firstname.lastname@example.org
２Department of Medical Genetics Faculty of Medi-
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contribute to renal damage by releasing inflammatory and
profibrotic factors (8). Termination of the chemokine signal
is critical for the resolution of the inflammatory process (9).
In the case of chronic disease process, even if the initial in-
jury to the kidney subsides, chemokine-mediated leukocyte
recruitment can be maintained or exacerbated by other
angiotensin system, hypoxia, and proteinuria (10).
Chemokines also have been implicated in acute cardiac
and renal allograft rejection. It was hypothesized that for
acute allograft rejection monocytes and T-effector cells are
directed into the transplant and produce a characteristic tu-
bular or vascular infiltrate. The complex process of ex-
travasation and influx of leukocyte subsets into the site of
tissue injury appears to be mediated by specifically expres-
sion of the CC-chemokine MCP-1 together with the corre-
sponding chemokine receptor CCR2 can be detected in
mononuclear cells infiltrating the kidney graft (11, 12). The
association of human chemokine receptor genetic variants,
CCR5-Delta32, CCR5-59029-A/G, CCR2-V64I, CX3CR1-
V249I, and CX3CR1-T280M, with outcome of renal trans-
plant recipients was examined by Abdi et al and significant
reductions were found in the risk of acute renal transplant
rejection in recipients who possessed the CCR2-64I al-
lele (13). Kang et al found a significant increase for the risk
of late acute rejection in recipients who were homozygous
for the MCP-1-2518G polymorphism and no difference in
the incidence of rejection among recipients stratified by the
CCR2-V64I genotype (14).
We aimed to determine the frequency and possible role of
inherited CCR2 gene mutation in patients with chronic renal
Materials and Methods
Two hundred and ten Turkish patients (average age of
57.4±14.3) who suffered from chronic renal impairment and
required hemodialysis for approximately 5.0±4.4 years in
the four different dialysis centres from Sivas city were en-
rolled in the current study. Mean hemodialysis duration was
5.4±4.9 hours per week. One hundred thirty-nine age-
matched healthy individuals with no history of Type II dia-
betes, hypertension, renal, cardiac, or family history of renal
disease were selected as healthy controls.
CCR2 V64I genotyping
Peripheral blood samples obtained from both the subjects
in the CRF and control groups were collected in tubes con-
taining 1 mL of EDTA and stored at -20℃. Total genomic
DNA was obtained from a 100 μL peripheral blood sample
with an Invitek kit extraction technique (Invisorb spin blood;
Invitek, Berlin, Germany). Genotype was determined by po-
lymerase chain reaction/restriction fragment length polymor-
phism (PCR-RFLP) analysis.
The PCR mixture in a 25-μL final volume consisted of
12.5 μL PCR master mix (Fermentas, St. Leon-Rot, Ger-
many), 9.5 μL ddH2O, 1 μL of each primer, and 1 μL
DNA. The G to A mutation at position 190 of CCR2 gene
was determined by PCR-RFLP. The following primers were
used for amplification: forward 5´-CAT TGC AAT CCC
AAA GAC CCA CTC-3´ and reverse 5´-TTG GTT TTG
TGG GCA ACA TGA TGG-3´. Initial denaturation at 94℃
for 5 minutes was followed by 33 cycles of denaturation at
94℃ for 30 seconds, annealing at 56℃ for 30 seconds and
extension at 72℃ for 30 seconds. Final extension step was
at 72℃ for 5 minutes.
PCR product (5 μl) was digested for 2 hours at 65℃ with
2.5 U of BsaBI restriction endonuclease (Fermentas). Diges-
tion products were analyzed by electrophoresis on 3% aga-
rose gel in TBE buffer and visualized using ethidium bro-
mide staining. Samples with a single 173 bp band were
identified as having GG genotype, samples with two bands,
149 bp and 24 bp as AA genotype and those with three
bands, 173 bp, 149 bp and 24 bp as GA heterozygotes.
Statistical analysis was performed using SPSS software
package, version 15.0. Differences in the distribution of
chemokine polymorphisms between cases and controls were
tested using chi square test. Results were considered signifi-
cant when the p value was less than 0.05.
Hypertension, Type II Diabetes, atherosclerosis and hae-
matological diseases were found in 52.38%, 27.62%,
11.42% and 2.9% of the patients respectively. 11.2% of pa-
tients have parental consanguinity and 2.5% of patients have
FMF history in their families. There was no renal disease in
82.6% of patients before chronic renal failure (Table 1).
For the entire group of patients with CRF, the frequencies
of the CCR2 V64I polymorphisms as GG, GA and AA
genotypes were 68.1% (n=143), 28% (n=58), and 4.3%(n=9)
respectively. Distribution of CCR2 V64I polymorphisms
(GG, GA, AA) in healthy controls were 80.6% (n=112),
18% (n=25), and 1.4% (n=2), respectively (Table 2). The
distribution of the CCR2-V64I mutant genotype was signifi-
cantly different between subjects with CRF and healthy con-
trol subjects (X2= X2=7.197 and p=0.027). Distribution of
CCR2 genotypes in three different disease sub-groups of
CRF patients were also evaluated and no significant associa-
tion was found in these diseases and CCR2 genotypes (Ta-
Clarifying the chemokine network that functions in leuko-
cyte recruitment may represent a promising therapeutic op-
tion for progressive renal disorders (8). The importance of
chemokine and chemokine receptors in renal diseases was
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Table 1. Demographic Findings of
Study and Control Group
HT: Hypertension, DM: Diabetes Mellitus,
FMF: Familial Mediterranean Fever
% (n) %(n)
male 51.90 (109)50
female 48.10 (101)95
9.52 (20) unknown
52.38 (110) 0
DM 27.62 (58) 0
Atherosclerosis 11.42 (24) 0
Table 2. Comparison of CCR2 G190A Genotype and Allele Frequency
between Study Group and Healthy Controls
Genotype Case (n=210) % Control (n=139)%p
GG (143) 68.1 (112) 80.6
GA (58) 27.6 (25) 18
AA (9) 4.3 (2) 1.4
l e l lA
G (344) 81.90 (249) 89.57
A (76) 18.10 (29) 10.43
investigated by blocking these ligands and receptors with
neutralizing antibodies and chemokine receptor antagonists
and targeted disruption of genes encoding chemokine recep-
tor genes in animal models (8). The strategy of blocking
MCP-1/CCR2 interaction found to be effective in preventing
macrophage-induced tissue damage. Neutralizing antibodies
against CCL2/MCP-1 blocked glomerular infiltration of
macrophages in the rat anti-thymocyte antibody-induced
glomerulonephritis model (15). Treatment anti-CCL2/MCP-1
antibodies reduced proteinuria and glomerular macrophage
influx in rat nephrotoxic serum nephritis (16). Consistently,
a preliminary report demonstrated that blockade of CCR2
with a series of antagonists ameliorated disease, including
glomerular injury, in the rat model (17). Kitagawa et al
found that the therapeutic strategy of blocking CCR2 may
prove beneficial for progressive fibrosis via the decrease in
infiltration and activation of macrophages in the diseased
kidneys (3). Chemokines and their receptors have many
other functions in addition to leukocyte migration to sites of
tissue injury. These includes homeostatic functions in leuko-
cyte development, cell trafficking during immune surveil-
lance, hematopoiesis and, angiogenesis (10). In a knockout
mice study, mice lacking CCR2 for CCL2/MCP-1, the pro-
teinuria and glomerular pathology of nephrotic serum ne-
phritis, were worse despite reduced glomerular macrophage
infiltration. This study indicates that the absence of CCR2
may influence other immune mechanisms in addition to lo-
cal cell infiltration (18). In a preliminary study Bıyıklı et al
(2006), found no significant difference in CCR2 and CCR5
polymorphisms between 25 children with biopsy proven fo-
cal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) and 40 healthy
age-matched controls (19). In the current study we find that
the frequency of CCR2-V64I mutant genotype was signifi-
cantly higher than in healthy controls. This higher mutation
frequency may be related to the heaviness of the CRF and
especially in the CRF with chronic disease. CCR2 is only
one of the chemokine receptors that is expressed by inflam-
matory cells after renal injury. Chararacteristic chemokines
and chemokine receptors participate in particular pathologic
changes at specific time points. Chemokine cascades in
ischemia-reperfusion injury pathologic change of tubular ne-
crosis after ischemic acute kidney injury are mainly medi-
ated by the action of CCR2 on macrophages. Regeneration
of tubular epithelial cells in the late phase of the injury was
mediated by IP-10, a CXC class chemokine, producing
macrophages. Chronic interstitial fibrosis was mediated by
the action of CX3CR1 on macrophages and platelets (20).
Monocyte/macrophage infiltration has been detected in the
glomeruli of rats with streptozotocin-induced diabetes and in
renal biopsy specimens from patients with diabetic nephro-
pathy, suggesting that the secretion of chemokines is en-
hanced in diabetes and that monocyte recruitment to renal
tissues and differentiation to macrophages may be associated
with the development or progression of diabetic nephropa-
thy (21-23). Although Prasad et al and Nakajima et al found
an association between CCR5 polymorphisms and diabetic
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Table 3. Genotypic Distribution of Etiologic Reasons Causing Renal Damage
Patients Patients Patients
32(29.09) 26(26) X2=1.491 14(24.14) 44(28.95)X2=0.578 10(41.67) 48( 25.81) X2=3.347
110(100) 100(100) 58(100) 152(100) 24(100) 186(100)
182 (%82.73) 162 (%81) 96(%82.76) 248(81.58) 38 (79.17) 306 (82.26)
38 (%17.27) 38 (%19) 20(%17.24)56(18.42) 10(20.83) 66 (17.24)
nephropaty they did not find any association between CCR2
genotypes and diabetic nephropathy (23, 24). Muntinghe et
al have investigated the interaction between CCR5 genotype
and levels of high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP) and
found that the CCR5Δ32 polymorphism attenuates the ad-
verse effects of inflammation on overall and cardiovascular
mortality in ESRD (25). Joo et al have genotyped single nu-
cleotide polymorphism (SNPs) in the MCP-1G-2518A,
CCR2G46295A, RANTES C-28G and G-403A in 177 dia-
betic end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients and 184 pa-
tients without renal involvement (controls) in order to inves-
tigate the effects of these SNPs on DN in Korean patients
with type 2 DM. They found no associations of MCP-1,
CCR2 and RANTES promoter SNPs with diabetic ESRD in
the Korean population (26). We have evaluated the relation-
ships between CCR2 genotypes and disease sub-groups
which cause CRF in patients. No significant associations
were found between CCR2 genotypes and DM, HT and
atherosclerosis (Table 3). These results have shown that in
the current study group the presence of DM, HT and athero-
sclerosis did not affect the results. In order to reveal the role
of chemokines in renal pathogenesis further investigations
chemokine receptors in different renal diseases.
The authors state that they have no Conflict of Interest (COI).
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