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Novel insertion mutation in KCNJ5 channel produces constitutive aldosterone release from H295R cells
journal contributionposted on 2023-06-09, 00:20 authored by Iris Hardege, Shengxin Xu, Richard D Gordon, Andrew J Thompson, Nichola Figg, Michael Stowasser, Ruth Murrell-LagnadoRuth Murrell-Lagnado, Kevin M O'Shaughnessy
Primary aldosteronism accounts for 5%-10% of hypertension and in a third of cases is caused by autonomous aldosterone production by adenomas (APA). Somatic mutations in the potassium channel encoded by KCNJ5 have been detected in surgically removed APAs. To better understand the role of these mutations, we resequenced the KCNJ5 channel in a large Australian primary aldosteronism cohort. KCNJ5 mutations were detected in 37 APAs (45% of the cohort), including previously reported E145Q (n = 3), G151R (n = 20), and L168R (n = 13) mutations. In addition, we found a novel 12-bp in-frame insertion mutation (c.414-425dupGCTTTCCTGTTC, A139_F142dup) that duplicates the AFLF sequence in the pore helix upstream of the selectivity filter. Expressed in Xenopus oocytes, the A139_F142dup mutation depolarized the oocytes and produced a G-protein-sensitive Na(+) current with altered K(+) selectivity and loss of inward rectification but retained Ba(2+) sensitivity. Transfected into H295R cells, A139_F142dup increased basal aldosterone release 2.3-fold over the wild type. This was not increased further by incubation with angiotensin II. Although the A139_F142dup mutant trafficked to the plasma membrane of H295R cells, it showed reduced tetramer stability and surface expression compared with the wild-type channel. This study confirms the frequency of somatic KCNJ5 mutations in APAs and the novel mutation identified (A139_F142dup) extend the phenotypic range of the known KCNJ5 APA mutations. Being located in the pore helix, it is upstream of the previously reported mutations and shares some features in common with selectivity filter mutants but additionally demonstrates insensitivity to angiotensin II and decreased channel stability.
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