Open Access Research article

Novel mutations of PKD genes in the Czech population with autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease

Lena Obeidova1, Veronika Elisakova1*, Jitka Stekrova1, Jana Reiterova2, Miroslav Merta1, Vladimir Tesar2, Frantisek Losan3 and Milada Kohoutova1

Author Affiliations

1 Institute of Biology and Medical Genetics of the First Faculty of Medicine and General University Hospital, Albertov 4, 128 00 Prague, Czech Republic

2 Department of Nephrology of the First Faculty of Medicine and General University Hospital, U Nemocnice 2, 128 08 Prague, Czech Republic

3 Genetika Plzeň, s.r.o., Parková 1254/11a, 326 00 Plzeň-Černice, Czech Republic

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BMC Medical Genetics 2014, 15:41  doi:10.1186/1471-2350-15-41

Published: 3 April 2014



Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) is the most common hereditary renal disorder caused by mutation in either one of two genes, PKD1 and PKD2. High structural and sequence complexity of PKD genes makes the mutational diagnostics of ADPKD challenging. The present study is the first detailed analysis of both PKD genes in a cohort of Czech patients with ADPKD using High Resolution Melting analysis (HRM) and Multiplex Ligation-dependent Probe Amplification (MLPA).


The mutational analysis of PKD genes was performed in a set of 56 unrelated patients. For mutational screening of the PKD1 gene, the long-range PCR (LR-PCR) strategy followed by nested PCR was used. Resulting PCR fragments were analyzed by HRM; the positive cases were reanalyzed and confirmed by direct sequencing. Negative samples were further examined for sequence changes in the PKD2 gene by the method of HRM and for large rearrangements of both PKD1 and PKD2 genes by MLPA.


Screening of the PKD1 gene revealed 36 different likely pathogenic germline sequence changes in 37 unrelated families/individuals. Twenty-five of these sequence changes were described for the first time. Moreover, a novel large deletion was found within the PKD1 gene in one patient. Via the mutational analysis of the PKD2 gene, two additional likely pathogenic mutations were detected.


Probable pathogenic mutation was detected in 71% of screened patients. Determination of PKD mutations and their type and localization within corresponding genes could help to assess clinical prognosis of ADPKD patients and has major benefit for prenatal and/or presymptomatic or preimplantational diagnostics in affected families as well.

ADPKD; PKD gene; Mutational analysis; Mutation; HRM; MLPA; Polycystic kidney disease