Kidney disease genetic risk variants alter lysosomal beta-mannosidase (MANBA) expression and disease severity

Xiangchen Gu, Hongliu Yang, Xin Sheng, Yi An Ko, Chengxiang Qiu, Jihwan Park, Shizheng Huang, Rachel Kember, Renae L. Judy, Joseph Park, Scott M. Damrauer, Girish Nadkarni, Ruth J.F. Loos, Vy Thi Ha My, Kumardeep Chaudhary, Erwin P. Bottinger, Ishan Paranjpe, Aparna Saha, Christopher Brown, Shreeram AkileshAdriana M. Hung, Matthew Palmer, Aris Baras, John D. Overton, Jeffrey Reid, Marylyn Ritchie, Daniel J. Rader, Katalin Susztak

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More than 800 million people in the world suffer from chronic kidney disease (CKD). Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified hundreds of loci where genetic variants are associated with kidney function; however, causal genes and pathways for CKD remain unknown. Here, we performed integration of kidney function GWAS and human kidney-specific expression quantitative trait analysis and identified that the expression of beta-mannosidase (MANBA) was lower in kidneys of subjects with CKD risk genotype. We also show an increased incidence of renal failure in subjects with rare heterozygous loss-of-function coding variants in MANBA using phenome-wide association analysis of 40,963 subjects with exome sequencing data. MANBA is a lysosomal gene highly expressed in kidney tubule cells. Deep phenotyping revealed structural and functional lysosomal alterations in human kidneys from subjects with CKD risk alleles and mice with genetic deletion of Manba. Manba heterozygous and knockout mice developed more severe kidney fibrosis when subjected to toxic injury induced by cisplatin or folic acid. Manba loss altered multiple pathways, including endocytosis and autophagy. In the absence of Manba, toxic acute tubule injury induced inflammasome activation and fibrosis. Together, these results illustrate the convergence of common noncoding and rare coding variants in MANBA in kidney disease development and demonstrate the role of the endolysosomal system in kidney disease development.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbereaaz1458
JournalScience Translational Medicine
Issue number576
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2021


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