Case Report

Whole-exome analysis of a child with polycystic kidney disease and ventriculomegaly

Published: April 17, 2015
Genet. Mol. Res. 14 (2) : 3618-3624 DOI: 10.4238/2015.April.17.11

Abstract

Autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease (ARPKD) is an inherited ciliopathy leading to progressive kidney and liver disease. Biallelic mutations in the PKHD1 gene underlie this condition. We describe a child with bilaterally enlarged cystic kidneys, portal hypertension, and cerebral ventriculomegaly. Molecular genetic investigations using whole-exome sequencing and confirmation using Sanger sequencing revealed a homozygous pathogenic mutation in PKHD1 underlying the clinical phenotype of ARPKD. Whole-exome data analysis was used to search for additional rare variants in additional ciliopathy genes that may have contributed to the unusual brain phenotype. Aside from a rare hypomorphic allele in MKS1, no other pathogenic variants were detected. We conclude that the homozygous pathogenic mutation in PKHD1 underlies the ciliopathy phenotype in this patient.

Autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease (ARPKD) is an inherited ciliopathy leading to progressive kidney and liver disease. Biallelic mutations in the PKHD1 gene underlie this condition. We describe a child with bilaterally enlarged cystic kidneys, portal hypertension, and cerebral ventriculomegaly. Molecular genetic investigations using whole-exome sequencing and confirmation using Sanger sequencing revealed a homozygous pathogenic mutation in PKHD1 underlying the clinical phenotype of ARPKD. Whole-exome data analysis was used to search for additional rare variants in additional ciliopathy genes that may have contributed to the unusual brain phenotype. Aside from a rare hypomorphic allele in MKS1, no other pathogenic variants were detected. We conclude that the homozygous pathogenic mutation in PKHD1 underlies the ciliopathy phenotype in this patient.