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      A Spanish Founder Mutation in the Chloride Channel Gene, CLCNKB, as a Cause of Atypical Bartter Syndrome in Adult Age

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          Background: Mutations in the chloride channel gene, CLCNKB, usually cause classic Bartter syndrome (cBS) or a mixed Bartter-Gitelman phenotype in the first years of life. Methods: We report an adult woman with atypical BS caused by a homozygous missense mutation, A204T, in the CLCNKB gene, which has previously been described as the apparently unique cause of cBS in Spain. Results: The evaluation of this patient revealed an overlap of phenotypic features ranging from severe biochemical and systemic disturbances typical of cBS to scarce symptoms and diagnosis in the adult age typical of Gitelman syndrome. The tubular disease caused a dramatic effect on mental, growth and puberal development leading to low IQ, final short stature and abnormal ovarian function. Furthermore, low serum PTH concentrations with concomitant nephrocalcinosis and normocalcaemia were observed. Both ovarian function and serum PTH levels were normalized after treatment with cyclooxygenase inhibitors. Conclusions: The present report confirms a weak genotype-phenotype correlation in patients with CLCNKB mutations and supports the founder effect of the A204T mutation in Spain. In our country, the genetic diagnosis of adult patients with hereditary hypokalaemic tubulopathies should include a screening of A204T mutation in the CLCNKB gene.

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          A novel mutation in the chloride channel gene, CLCNKB, as a cause of Gitelman and Bartter syndromes.

          Gitelman syndrome (GS) and Bartter syndrome (BS) are hereditary hypokalemic tubulopathies with distinct phenotypic features. GS has been considered a genetically homogeneous disorder caused by mutation in the gene encoding the NaCl cotransporter (TSC) of the distal convoluted tubule. In contrast, BS is caused by mutations in the genes encoding either the Na-K-2Cl cotransporter (NKCC2), the K+ channel (ROMK) or the Cl- channel (ClC-Kb) of the thick ascending limb. The purpose of this study was to examine the clinical, biochemical and genetic characteristics of a very large inbred Bedouin kindred in Northern Israel with hereditary hypokalemic tubulopathy. Twelve family members affected with hypokalemic tubulopathy, as well as 26 close relatives were clinically and biochemically evaluated. All study participants underwent genetic linkage analysis. Mutation analysis was performed in affected individuals. Evaluation of affected family members (age range 3 to 36 years) revealed phenotypic features of both GS and classic Bartter syndrome (CBS). Features typical of GS included late age of presentation (>15 years) in 7 patients (58%), normal growth in 9 (75%), hypomagnesemia (SMg 5%) in 6 (50%) and hypocalciuria (urinary calcium/creatinine mmol/mmol 0.55) in 4 (33%) and nephrolithiasis in 1 (8%). Linkage analysis in affected patients excluded the TSC gene, SLC12A3, as the mutated gene, but demonstrated linkage to the Cl- channel gene, CLCNKB, on chromosome 1p36. Mutation analysis by direct sequencing revealed a novel homozygous missense mutation, arginine 438 to histidine (R438H), in exon 13 of CLCNKB in all patients. A restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) analysis has been developed to aid in genotyping of family members. Our findings demonstrate intrafamilial heterogeneity, namely the presence of GS and CBS phenotypes, in a kindred with the CLCNKB R438H mutation. We conclude that GS can be caused by a mutation in a gene other than SLC12A3. The exact role of the CLCNKB R438H mutation in the pathogenesis of the electrolyte and mineral abnormalities in GS and CBS remains to be established.
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            Hyperplasia of the juxtaglomerular complex with hyperaldosteronism and hypokalemic alkalosis

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              Bartter syndrome: benefits and side effects of long-term treatment.

              The present study reports clinical and laboratory data of patients with Bartter syndrome at diagnosis and follow-up with emphasis on the long-term benefits and side effects of the pharmacological therapy, which includes indomethacin and potassium supplementation. We followed 12 children, 6 boys, with a median age at diagnosis of 24.5 months (range 7-137 months) and at the end of the study 157.5 months (range 26.0-224.0 months). All children presented with polyuria and polydipsia, dehydration, and metabolic and electrolyte disturbances with failure to thrive. However, at study entry 5 of 12 patients also had hypophosphatemia, which disappeared after a mean time of 50+/-22.4 months, 3 of 12 had nephrocalcinosis, and 2 of 12 had typical renal cysts. Despite treatment, hypokalemia was persistent in some patients. During long-term follow-up we observed recovery of growth velocity and adequate metabolic and electrolyte balance. However, we noticed renal and gastrointestinal complications: 2 patients had a perforated gastric ulcer, 1 had a gastric ulcer, and gastritis was detected in 3 children. A decreased glomerular filtration rate was observed in 2 patients during follow-up. Our data emphasize the need for regular surveillance of renal function and gastrointestinal endoscopy in these patients. As an alternative to indomethacin, we present our satisfactory preliminary results with rofecoxib.

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                Horm Res Paediatr
                Hormone Research in Paediatrics
                S. Karger AG
                February 2006
                23 February 2006
                : 65
                : 2
                : 62-68
                aUnit of Endocrinology and Nutrition, Fundación Hospital Alcorcón, Madrid, Spain; bDepartment of Pediatrics, Philipps University, Marburg, Germany, and cUniversity Children’s Hospital, Bern, Switzerland
                90601 Horm Res 2006;65:62–68
                © 2006 S. Karger AG, Basel

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