Journal Article

The relationship of 3′ vitamin D receptor haplotypes to urinary supersaturation of calcium oxalate salts and to age at onset and familial prevalence of nephrolithiasis

Giuseppe Mossetti, Domenico Rendina, Roberto Viceconti, Giuseppe Manno, Vincenzo Guadagno, Pasquale Strazzullo and Vincenzo Nunziata

in Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation

Published on behalf of European Renal Association - European Dialysis and Transplant Assoc

Volume 19, issue 9, pages 2259-2265
Published in print September 2004 | ISSN: 0931-0509
Published online June 2004 | e-ISSN: 1460-2385 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ndt/gfh273
The relationship of 3′ vitamin D receptor haplotypes to urinary supersaturation of calcium oxalate salts and to age at onset and familial prevalence of nephrolithiasis

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Background. Idiopathic hypercalciuria (IHc) and idiopathic hypocitraturia are frequently associated with calcium nephrolithiasis. We investigated the relationship of vitamin D receptor (VDR) polymorphisms (BsmI, TaqI and FokI) to urinary supersaturation of calcium oxalate salts in recurrent calcium oxalate stone formers with IHc and the clinical relevance of this relationship.

Methods. The study included 110 Caucasian stone formers with IHc and 127 unrelated healthy controls without history of nephrolithiasis. Age at onset of nephrolithiasis, familial history score (FHS) and the ion activity product of calcium oxalate salts in urine (APCaOx) were tabulated. BsmI, TaqI and FokI VDR polymorphisms were evaluated in all participants.

Results. Patients and controls were classified as homozygous (bbTT and BBtt) or heterozygous in relation to BsmI and TaqI polymorphisms. Compared with BBtt patients, bbTT homozygous stone formers showed lower citrate excretion (1.91±0.89 vs 3.46±1.39 mmol/24 h, P = 0.004) and higher APCaOx (2.02±0.51 vs 1.53±0.53, P = 0.006). Among controls, there were similar differences in citrate excretion and APCaOx between the two groups, but they were not statistically significant. Compared with BBtt, bbTT patients showed lower mean age at onset of nephrolithiasis (29.7±12.1 vs 38.1±12.7 years, P = 0.008) and higher values of FHS (2.45±1.9 vs 0.83±0.7, P = 0.006). Similar results were obtained for individual BsmI and TaqI alleles. The analysis of FokI alleles was not informative.

Conclusions. Recurrent calcium oxalate stone formers with IHc and the bT VDR haplotype have more aggressive kidney stone diseases as indicated by a higher familial incidence and lower mean age at onset. This clinical severity is associated with the higher urinary supersaturation of calcium oxalate salts and abnormalities of renal citrate handling.

Keywords: hypercalciuria; family history score; nephrolithiasis; renal citrate handling; VDR alleles

Journal Article.  4078 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Nephrology

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