Prevalence of low molecular weight proteinuria and Dent disease 1 CLCN5 mutations in proteinuric cohorts

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Background: Dent disease type 1 (DD1) is a rare X-linked disorder caused mainly by CLCN5 mutations. Patients may present with nephrotic-range proteinuria leading to erroneous diagnosis of focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) and unnecessary immunosuppressive treatments. Methods: The following cohorts were screened for CLCN5 mutations: Chronic Kidney Disease in Children (CKiD; n = 112); Multicenter FSGS-Clinical Trial (FSGS-CT) (n = 96), and Novel Therapies for Resistant FSGS Trial (FONT) (n = 30). Urinary α1-microglobulin (α1M), albumin (A), total protein (TP), and creatinine (Cr) were assessed from CKiD subjects (n = 104); DD1 patients (n = 14); and DD1 carriers (DC; n = 8). TP/Cr, α1M/Cr, α1M/TP, and A/TP from the CKiD cohort were compared with DD1 and DC. Results: No CLCN5 mutations were detected. TP/Cr was lower in DC and CKiD with tubulointerstitial disease than in DD1 and CKiD with glomerular disease (p < 0.002). α1M/Cr was higher in DD1 than in CKiD and DC (p < 0.001). A/TP was lower in DD1, DC, and CKiD with tubulointerstitial disease and higher in CKiD with glomerular disease (p < 0.001). Thresholds for A/TP of ≤ 0.21 and α1M/Cr of ≥ 120 mg/g (> 13.6 mg/mmol) creatinine were good screens for Dent disease. Conclusions: CLCN5 mutations were not seen in screened CKiD/FSGS cohorts. In our study, a cutoff of TP/Cr > 600 mg/g (> 68 mg/mmol) and A/TP of < 0.3 had a high sensitivity and specificity to distinguish DD1 from both CKiD glomerular and tubulointerstitial cohorts. α1M/Cr ≥ 120 mg/g (> 13.6 mg/mmol) had the highest sensitivity and specificity when differentiating DD1 and studied CKiD populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)633-640
Number of pages8
JournalPediatric Nephrology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2020


  • CLCN5
  • Dent disease
  • FSGS
  • Low molecular weight proteinuria
  • Proteinuria
  • α-Microglobulin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Nephrology


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