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Genetic variants of calcium and vitamin D metabolism in kidney stone disease

By Sarah A. Howles, Akira Wiberg, Michelle Goldsworthy, Asha L Bayliss, Emily Grout, Chizu Tanikawa, Yoichiro Kamatani, Chikashi Terao, Atsushi Takahashi, Michiaki Kubo, Koichi Matsuda, Rajesh V Thakker, Benjamin W Turney, Dominic Furniss

Posted 14 Jan 2019
bioRxiv DOI: 10.1101/515882 (published DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-13145-x)

Kidney stone disease (nephrolithiasis) is a major clinical and economic health burden1,2 with a heritability of ~45-60%3. To identify genetic variants associated with nephrolithiasis we performed genome-wide association studies (GWAS) and meta-analysis in British and Japanese populations, including 12,123 nephrolithiasis cases and 416,928 controls. Twenty loci associated with nephrolithiasis were identified, ten of which are novel. A novel CYP24A1 locus is predicted to affect vitamin D metabolism and five loci, DGKD, DGKH, WDR72, GPIC1, and BCR, are predicted to influence calcium-sensing receptor (CaSR) signaling. In a validation cohort of nephrolithiasis patients the CYP24A1-associated locus correlated with serum calcium concentration and number of kidney stone episodes, and the DGKD-associated locus correlated with urinary calcium excretion. Moreover, DGKD knockdown impaired CaSR-signal transduction in vitro, an effect that was rectifiable with the calcimimetic cinacalcet. Our findings indicate that genotyping may inform risk of incident kidney stone disease prior to vitamin D supplementation and facilitate precision-medicine approaches, by targeting CaSR-signaling or vitamin D activation pathways in patients with recurrent kidney stones.

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