Indexed on: 12 May '21Published on: 03 Nov '19Published in: Journal of clinical medicine
Renal complications are the major cause of morbidity and mortality in patients with familial lecithin–cholesterol acyltransferase (LCAT) deficiency (FLD). We report three FLD patients, two of them siblings—only one of whom developed renal disease—and the third case being a young man with early renal disease. The aim of this study was to analyze the clinical characteristics and possible mechanisms associated with renal disease in these patients. Plasma lipid levels, LCAT activity, lipoprotein particle profile by NMR and FPLC, free and esterified cholesterol, presence of lipoprotein X (LpX) and DNA sequencing in the three FLD patients have been determined. The three cases presented clinical characteristics of FLD, although only one of the siblings developed renal disease, at 45 years of age, while the other patient developed the disease in his youth. Genetic analysis revealed new missense homozygous mutations, p.(Ile202Thr) in both siblings and p.(Arg171Glu) in the other patient. Lipoprotein particle analysis showed that the two patients with renal disease presented higher numbers of small very low-density lipoprotein (VLDL) and a higher concentration of triglycerides in VLDL. This study reports three new cases of LCAT deficiency, not previously described. Renal disease is not only dependent on LCAT deficiency, and could be due to the presence of VLDL particles, which are rich in triglycerides, free cholesterol and LpX.