Mutations in the Gardos channel (KCNN4) are associated with hereditary xerocytosis.

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Glogowska E, Lezon-Geyda K, Maksimova Y, Schulz VP, Gallagher PG

Mutations in the Gardos channel (KCNN4) are associated with hereditary xerocytosis.

Blood. 2015 Sep 10;126(11):1281-4. doi: 10.1182/blood-2015-07-657957. Epub 2015 Jul 21.

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Hereditary xerocytosis (HX; MIM 194380) is an autosomal-dominant hemolytic anemia characterized by primary erythrocyte dehydration. In many patients, heterozygous mutations associated with delayed channel inactivation have been identified in PIEZO1. This report describes patients from 2 well-phenotyped HX kindreds, including from one of the first HX kindreds described, who lack predicted heterozygous PIEZO1-linked variants. Whole-exome sequencing identified novel, heterozygous mutations affecting the Gardos channel, encoded by the KCNN4 gene, in both kindreds. Segregation analyses confirmed transmission of the Gardos channel mutations with disease phenotype in affected individuals. The KCNN4 variants were different mutations in the same residue, which is highly conserved across species and within members of the small-intermediate family of calcium-activated potassium channel proteins. Both mutations were predicted to be deleterious by mutation effect algorithms. In sickle erythrocytes, the Gardos channel is activated under deoxy conditions, leading to cellular dehydration due to salt and water loss. The identification of KCNN4 mutations in HX patients supports recent studies that indicate it plays a critical role in normal erythrocyte deformation in the microcirculation and participates in maintenance of erythrocyte volume homeostasis.

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NameUniProt ID
Intermediate conductance calcium-activated potassium channel protein 4O15554Details