A case of mild phenotype Alport syndrome caused by COL4A3 mutations
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In a case of 41-year-old man with mild nephropathy, Alport syndrome (AS) was diagnosed from the renal biopsy. However, the α5 chain of type IV collagen expressed in the glomerular basement membrane, which was the atypical staining pattern of AS. Genetic testing suggested autosomal recessive AS from heterozygous mutations at two positions in the type IV collagen α3 chain. These two gene mutations represented a new pattern of mutation and was suggested the association with an atypical α5 chain expression and mild phenotype.
KeywordsAlport syndrome The type IV collagen α3 chain (COLA4A3)
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