Cystinuria associated with different SLC7A9 gene variants in the cat

Keijiro Mizukami, Karthik Raj, Carl A Osborne, Urs Giger

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Cystinuria is a classical inborn error of metabolism characterized by a selective proximal renal tubular defect affecting cystine, ornithine, lysine, and arginine (COLA) reabsorption, which can lead to uroliths and urinary obstruction. In humans, dogs and mice, cystinuria is caused by variants in one of two genes, SLC3A1 and SLC7A9, which encode the rBAT and bo,+ AT subunits of the bo,+ basic amino acid transporter system, respectively. In this study, exons and flanking regions of the SLC3A1 and SLC7A9 genes were sequenced from genomic DNA of cats (Felis catus) with COLAuria and cystine calculi. Relative to the Felis catus-6.2 reference genome sequence, DNA sequences from these affected cats revealed 3 unique homozygous SLC7A9 missense variants: one in exon 5 (p.Asp236Asn) from a non-purpose-bred medium-haired cat, one in exon 7 (p.Val294Glu) in a Maine Coon and a Sphinx cat, and one in exon 10 (p.Thr392Met) from a non-purpose-bred long-haired cat. A genotyping assay subsequently identified another cystinuric domestic medium-haired cat that was homozygous for the variant originally identified in the purebred cats. These missense variants result in deleterious amino acid substitutions of highly conserved residues in the bo,+ AT protein. A limited population survey supported that the variants found were likely causative. The remaining 2 sequenced domestic short-haired cats had a heterozygous variant at a splice donor site in intron 10 and a homozygous single nucleotide variant at a branchpoint in intron 11 of SLC7A9, respectively. This study identifies the first SLC7A9 variants causing feline cystinuria and reveals that, as in humans and dogs, this disease is genetically heterogeneous in cats.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere0159247
JournalPloS one
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2016

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Funding Information:
This study was in part supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health ( OD 010939 and a Postdoctoral Fellowship for Research Abroad from Japan Society for the Promotion of Science ( to KM. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript. We appreciate the assistance of the clinicians managing these cystinuric cats, the staff at the Minnesota Urolith Center, St. Paul, MN, Ms. Shurnevia Strickland in the Metabolic Genetic Laboratory, Philadelphia, PA and Dr. Adrian Sewell at Biocontrol, Ingelsheim, Germany.

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© 2016 Mizukami et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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