Zheng Lan

Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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Publications (2)11.19 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Mutations of PKD1 and PKD2 account for most cases of autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD). Compared with PKD2, patients with PKD1 typically have more severe renal disease. Here, we report a follow-up study of a unique multigeneration family with bilineal ADPKD (NFL10) in which a PKD1 disease haplotype and a PKD2 (L736X) mutation co-segregated with 18 and 14 affected individuals, respectively. In our updated genotype-phenotype analysis of the family, we found that PKD1-affected individuals had uniformly mild renal disease similar to the PKD2-affected individuals. By sequencing all the exons and splice junctions of PKD1, we identified two missense mutations (Y528C and R1942H) from a PKD1-affected individual. Although both variants were predicted to be damaging to the mutant protein, only Y528C co-segregated with all of the PKD1-affected individuals in NFL10. Studies in MDCK cells stably expressing wild-type and mutant forms of PKD found that cell lines expressing the Y528C variant formed cysts in culture and displayed increased rates of growth and apoptosis. Thus, Y528C functions as a hypomorphic PKD1 allele. These findings have important implications for pathogenic mechanisms and molecular diagnostics of ADPKD.
    Full-text · Article · Feb 2012 · Kidney International
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    ABSTRACT: Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) is estimated to affect 1/600-1/1000 individuals worldwide. The disease is characterized by age dependent renal cyst formation that results in kidney failure during adulthood. Although ultrasound imaging may be an adequate diagnostic tool in at risk individuals older than 30, this modality may not be sufficiently sensitive in younger individuals or for those from PKD2 families who have milder disease. DNA based assays may be indicated in certain clinical situations where imaging cannot provide a definitive clinical diagnosis. The goal of this study was to evaluate the utility of direct DNA analysis in a test sample of 82 individuals who were judged to have polycystic kidney disease by standard clinical criteria. The samples were analyzed using a commercially available assay that employs sequencing of both genes responsible for the disorder. Definite disease causing mutations were identified in 34 (approximately 42%) study participants. An additional 30 (approximately 37%) subjects had either in frame insertions/deletions, non-canonical splice site alterations or a combination of missense changes that were also judged likely to be pathogenic. We noted striking sequence variability in the PKD1 gene, with a mean of 13.1 variants per participant (range 0-60). Our results and analysis highlight the complexity of assessing the pathogenicity of missense variants particularly when individuals have multiple amino acid substitutions. We conclude that a significant fraction of ADPKD mutations are caused by amino acid substitutions that need to be interpreted carefully when utilized in clinical decision-making.
    Full-text · Article · Sep 2007 · Molecular Genetics and Metabolism

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71 Citations
11.19 Total Impact Points


  • 2012
    • Johns Hopkins Medicine
      • Division of Nephrology
      Baltimore, Maryland, United States
  • 2007
    • Johns Hopkins University
      • Department of Medicine
      Baltimore, MD, United States