Single amino acid substitution in aquaporin 11 causes renal failure.

Tchekneva EE, Khuchua Z, Davis LS, Kadkina V, Dunn SR, Bachman S, Ishibashi K, Rinchik EM, Harris RC, Dikov MM, Breyer MD
J Am Soc Nephrol. 2008 19 (10): 1955-64

PMID: 18701606 · PMCID: PMC2551576 · DOI:10.1681/ASN.2008030296

A screen of recessive mutations generated by the chemical mutagen n-ethyl-n-nitrosourea (ENU) mapped a new mutant locus (5772SB) termed sudden juvenile death syndrome (sjds) to chromosome 7 in mice. These mutant mice, which exhibit severe proximal tubule injury and formation of giant vacuoles in the renal cortex, die from renal failure, a phenotype that resembles aquaporin 11 (Aqp11) knockout mice. In this report, the ENU-induced single-nucleotide variant (sjds mutation) is identified. To determine whether this variant, which causes an amino acid substitution (Cys227Ser) in the predicted E-loop region of aquaporin 11, is responsible for the sjds lethal renal phenotype, Aqp11-/sjds compound heterozygous mice were generated from Aqp11 +/sjds and Aqp11 +/- intercrosses. The compound heterozygous Aqp11 -/sjds offspring exhibited a lethal renal phenotype (renal failure by 2 wk), similar to the Aqp11 sjds/sjds and Aqp11-/- phenotypes. These results demonstrate that the identified mutation causes renal failure in Aqp11 sjds/sjds mutant mice, providing a model for better understanding of the structure and function of aquaporin 11 in renal physiology.

MeSH Terms (13)

Amino Acid Substitution Animals Aquaporins Disease Models, Animal Ethylnitrosourea Female Male Mice Mice, Mutant Strains Point Mutation Polymorphism, Single Nucleotide Renal Insufficiency Syndrome

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