Adenine phosphoribosyltransferase (APRT) deficiency, a rare inborn error inherited as an autosomic recessive trait, presents with 2,8-dihydroxyadenine (2,8-DHA) crystal nephropathy. We describe clinical, biochemical and molecular findings in a renal transplant recipient with renal failure, 2,8-DHA stones and no measurable erythrocyte APRT activity. Homozygous C > G substitution at -3 in the splicing site of exon 2 (IVS2 -3 c > g) was found in the APRT gene. The patient's asymptomatic brother was heterozygous for such mutation, and his APRT activity was 23% of controls. A splicing alteration leading to incorrect gene transcription and virtually absent APRT activity is seemingly associated with the newly identified mutation.
Keywords: APRT deficiency; gene mutation; nephrolithiasis; renal transplantation.