Loss of function of NaPiIIa causes nephrocalcinosis and possibly kidney insufficiency

Pediatr Nephrol. 2016 Dec;31(12):2289-2297. doi: 10.1007/s00467-016-3443-0. Epub 2016 Jul 4.


Background: Inherited metabolic disorders associated with nephrocalcinosis are rare conditions. The aim of this study was to identify the genetic cause of an Israeli-Arab boy from a consanguineous family with severe nephrocalcinosis and kidney insufficiency.

Methods: Clinical and biochemical data of the proband and family members were obtained from both previous and recent medical charts. Genomic DNA was isolated from peripheral blood cells. The coding sequence and splice sites of candidate genes (CYP24A1, CYP27B1, FGF23, KLOTHO, SLC34A3 and SLC34A1) were sequenced directly. Functional studies were performed in Xenopus laevis oocytes and in transfected opossum kidney (OK) cells.

Results: Our patient was identified as having nephrocalcinosis in utero, and at the age of 16.5 years, he had kidney insufficiency but no bone disease. Genetic analysis revealed a novel homozygous missense mutation, Arg215Gln, in SLC34A1, which encodes the renal sodium phosphate cotransporter NaPiIIa. Functional studies of the Arg215Gln mutant revealed reduced transport activity in Xenopus laevis oocytes and increased intracellular cytoplasmic accumulation in OK cells.

Conclusions: Our findings show that dysfunction of the human NaPiIIa causes severe renal calcification that may eventually lead to reduced kidney function, rather than complications of phosphate loss.

Keywords: NaPiIIa; Nephrocalcinosis; SLC34A1 mutation; Vitamin D.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Animals
  • Computer Simulation
  • DNA / genetics
  • Humans
  • Kidney / metabolism
  • Kidney Tubules, Proximal / cytology
  • Kidney Tubules, Proximal / metabolism
  • Male
  • Mutation
  • Mutation, Missense
  • Nephrocalcinosis / genetics*
  • Oocytes / metabolism
  • Opossums
  • Renal Insufficiency / genetics*
  • Sodium-Phosphate Cotransporter Proteins, Type IIa / genetics*
  • Sodium-Phosphate Cotransporter Proteins, Type IIa / metabolism
  • Transfection
  • Xenopus laevis


  • SLC34A1 protein, human
  • Sodium-Phosphate Cotransporter Proteins, Type IIa
  • DNA