Genetic Variants Associated with Chronic Kidney Disease in a Spanish Population

Abstract

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients have many affected physiological pathways. Variations in the genes regulating these pathways might affect the incidence and predisposition to this disease. A total of 722 Spanish adults, including 548 patients and 174 controls, were genotyped to better understand the effects of genetic risk loci on the susceptibility to CKD. We analyzed 38 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in candidate genes associated with the inflammatory response (interleukins IL-1A, IL-4, IL-6, IL-10, TNF-α, ICAM-1), fibrogenesis (TGFB1), homocysteine synthesis (MTHFR), DNA repair (OGG1, MUTYH, XRCC1, ERCC2, ERCC4), renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (CYP11B2, AGT), phase-II metabolism (GSTP1, GSTO1, GSTO2), antioxidant capacity (SOD1, SOD2, CAT, GPX1, GPX3, GPX4), and some other genes previously reported to be associated with CKD (GLO1, SLC7A9, SHROOM3, UMOD, VEGFA, MGP, KL). The results showed associations of GPX1, GSTO1, GSTO2, UMOD, and MGP with CKD. Additionally, associations with CKD related pathologies, such as hypertension (GPX4, CYP11B2, ERCC4), cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer predisposition (ERCC2) were also observed. Different genes showed association with biochemical parameters characteristic for CKD, such as creatinine (GPX1, GSTO1, GSTO2, KL, MGP), glomerular filtration rate (GPX1, GSTO1, KL, ICAM-1, MGP), hemoglobin (ERCC2, SHROOM3), resistance index erythropoietin (SOD2, VEGFA, MTHFR, KL), albumin (SOD1, GSTO2, ERCC2, SOD2), phosphorus (IL-4, ERCC4 SOD1, GPX4, GPX1), parathyroid hormone (IL-1A, IL-6, SHROOM3, UMOD, ICAM-1), C-reactive protein (SOD2, TGFB1,GSTP1, XRCC1), and ferritin (SOD2, GSTP1, SLC7A9, GPX4). To our knowledge, this is the second comprehensive study carried out in Spanish patients linking genetic polymorphisms and CKD.

Introduction

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is becoming a major public health problem worldwide. CKD is defined as a progressive loss of renal function, measured by a decline in glomerular filtration rate (GFR < 60 mL/min/1.73 m2)1, which is typically associated with irreversible pathological changes within the kidney. This pathology has a complicated interrelationship with other diseases2,3. Diabetes (DM) and hypertension (HT) are the primary risk factors for CKD4, and CKD is also associated with cardiovascular morbidity and mortality5,6, even in early stages and in young patients7.

CKD patients are also characterized by a high genomic instability8,9,10,11. This instability could be translated to high levels of genetic damage measured by the incidence of chromosomal damage (micronuclei) when their cells are challenged with ionizing radiation12 and could be either the cause or the consequence of renal pathologies. In addition, it has been observed that CKD patients repair less efficiently DNA damage13.

CKD patients present increased levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), which is indicative of an inflammatory status12,14,15. Oxidative stress is also a characteristic usually shown by CKD patients16,17,18,19. Variants in genes regulating such different pathways may affect CKD incidence and/or its progression. In this context recent genome-wide association studies (GWASs) on large European populations have identified novel genetic risk single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) associated with different CKD related pathologies like hypertension20, coronary artery disease21, subclinical vascular disease22, and kidney functional traits in CKD patients23,24,25. Other studies have shown an overlap between genetic variants underpinning kidney traits and cardiovascular pathologies25.

Aiming to determine possible associations between allelic variants and susceptibility to CKD, we selected and genotyped 38 SNPs from 31 candidate genes related directly to CKD and to the additional diseases (mainly hypertension, diabetes and inflammation, among others) in a Spanish population.

Results

Population

Table 1 shows some general characteristics of the individuals under study. Among CKD patients there were more men than women, reflecting the well-known higher incidence of CKD in males. As expected, statistically significant differences were observed between cases and controls for different parameters related to the pathology. The differences were highly significant (P < 0.001) for the levels of age, creatinine, glomerular filtration rate, hemoglobin, albumin, parathyroid hormone, C-reactive protein, uric acid, proteinuria, and urea. The number of samples included in some comparisons is too small to allow definite conclusions. The CKD patients show the main characteristics of the CKD populations as are reflexed in Table 1. The group of patients have more individuals affected by hypertension (91.5% vs a 29% in the control group), and with diabetes mellitus (DM) (32% vs a 7.5% in the control group). Regarding the cardiovascular disease (CVD), it could be said that 45% of the CKD patients presented CVD. Unfortunately, for the control group, we only have 53% of the answers, and of these nobody present CVD,

Table 1 Description of the study population. Differences in biochemical and clinical parameters of the studied groups are indicated.

The slight differences in the numbers of patients reported for different parameters are due to their absence in the questionnaires, or to failure in the corresponding analysis.

SNPs associated with CKD

General information about the 38 SNPs included in the study, with their allelic frequencies and their location in the genome is described in Table 2. As indicated, we used alternative SNPs in strong linkage disequilibrium (LD) with the selected one, when no assay corresponding to the originally selected SNP was available.

Table 2 Description of the SNPs selected for this study.

Table 3 shows the observed associations (P < 0.05) between the candidate SNPs and CKD susceptibility in the entire study population. When the analysis was adjusted for age and gender, three SNPs showed an association under the dominant model. These SNPs were rs17080528 in the GPX1 gene, that encodes one of the most important antioxidant enzymes in humans (OR = 1.87, P = 0.001) and rs2164624 and rs156697 in the GSTO1 and GSTO2 genes, both involved in the metabolism of xenobiotics and carcinogens (OR = 0.50, P = 0.0007, and OR = 0.57, P = 0.013, respectively). For the SNPs rs12917707 in UMOD, that acts as a constitutive inhibitor of calcium crystallization in renal fluids, and rs4236 in MGP, which encodes a protein acting as an inhibitor of bone formation, the associations were identified under an additive inheritance model (allelic OR = 0.72, P = 0.043 and allelic OR = 0.75, P = 0.023, respectively).

Table 3 Positive associations found between candidate SNPs and chronic kidney disease (CKD) susceptibility.

SNPs associated with related pathologies

It is known that patients with CKD have at the same time other diseases, which are related to the presence of renal failure, either as a cause or as a consequence. Among them we can indicate hypertension (HT), cardiovascular disease (CVD), and diabetes mellitus (DM) and, in some cases a medical history of cancer. In our study we observed a high incidence of HT (91.5%), CVD (45.2%), DM (32%), and previous cancer (30%) in patients with CKD.

When the associations between candidate SNPs and pathologies related to CKD were considered, some associations were observed (Table 4). For HT, two genes, GPX4, implicated in the protection of cells against oxidative damage, and CYP11B2, with the encoded enzyme catalyzing many reactions involved in drug metabolism and synthesis of cholesterol, steroids, and other lipids, showed an association in the dominant model. ERCC4, involved in nucleotide excision repair pathway, showed association in the additive model. With regard to previous cancer history, the ERCC2 gene, also involved in nucleotide excision repair, showed an association under allelic model (rs13181, rs713041) and dominant model (rs1052133). For CVD we observed an association in the dominant model with the ERCC2 gene.

Table 4 Positive associations observed between candidate SNPs and pathologies related to chronic kidney disease (CKD), case-only analysis.

SNPs associated with clinical/biochemical parameters

CKD patients are characterized by a defined biochemical profile acting as a clinical indicator. To detect associations between the selected SNPs and clinical parameters the main analyses were done in a combined case-control population, using both logistic and linear regression models with the median or normal value as a cut-off, considering normal values according to the international system. They are used by the Puigvert Foundation, as standard protocols, and can be seen in Supplementary Table S1 for each of the selected clinical parameters. Case-only analysis to verify the associations was done using only linear regression model. The obtained results are shown in Table S1. As indicated, nine biochemical parameters showed any kind of statistical association with defined genes: creatinine, glomerular filtration rate, hemoglobin, erythropoietin resistance index, albumin, phosphorus, parathyroid hormone, C-reactive protein, and ferritin.

Genetic variants codifying for antioxidant enzymes were associated with the levels of creatinine, glomerular filtration rate, erythropoietin resistance index, albumin and phosphorus levels, C-reactive protein, and ferritin levels (rs17080528 from GPX1 gene, rs713041 from GPX4, rs4880 from SOD2 gene, rs17880135, rs202446, rs1041740 from SOD1 gene). Other genetic variants coding for phase II metabolism enzymes, were also associated with the levels of creatinine, GFR, albumin, C-reactive protein and ferritin (rs2164624 from GSTO1 gene, rs156697 from GSTO2 gene, rs749174 from GSTP1 gene). Genetic variants of genes involved in DNA repair were strongly associated with hemoglobin and albumin levels (rs171140 from ERCC2 gene) and showed borderline associations with the levels of the C-reactive protein (rs25487 for XRCC1) and phosphorus (rs3136166 from ERCC4 gene). Other variants associated with renal pathology itself showed a significant relationship with the levels of creatinine, GFR, and hemoglobin, as well as RIE, PTH and C-reactive protein (rs577912, rs1207568 from KL gene, rs4236 from MGP gene, rs17319721 from SHROOM3 gene, rs881858 from VEGFA gene, rs12917707 from UMOD gene, and rs12460876 from SLC7A9 gene).

Some genes related to the immune response showed a moderate association with the GFR, phosphorus and PTH levels (rs5498 from the ICAM-1 gene, rs2070874 from IL-4 gene, rs17561 from IL-1A gene, and rs1800797 from the IL-6 gene). In addition, a variant in the gene MTHFR, related to the homocysteine synthesis, showed a moderate association with the RIE.

Replication in the case-only setting supported the associations of the combined case-control analysis, with reduced significance for parameters, for which the cases and controls showed clearly distinct patterns, such as creatinine and glomerular filtration rate. For those parameters, a few additional associations appeared, however, with genes among the same group of antioxidant enzymes (SOD1 rs1041740) and renal pathology (KL rs1204568, VEGFA rs881858) as in the combined analysis. Also for hemoglobin, two additional variants belonging to the DNA repair pathway emerged (ERCC2 rs1799793, ERCC4 rs3136166). For other parameters, such as erythropoietin resistance index, albumin, phosphorus, parathyroid hormone, C-reactive protein and ferritin, the associations were similar, or even stronger than in the combined analysis, due to the fact that clinical data were available mostly for cases.

Discussion

This study succeeded to demonstrate associations between five SNPs and CKD in the list of 38 SNPs selected in the 31 candidate genes. Genes showing associations were GPX1, GSTO1, GSTO2, UMOD, and MGP.

GPX1 is the major isoform of GPX that is expressed in the normal kidney; this accounts for 96% of kidney GPX activity and shows a protective role against oxidative stress26. Pro198Leu and Pro197Leu variants (strongly associated with our variant, LD r2 = 0.98) have been reported to be associated with reduction of GPX1 activity27, and it has been suggested that GPX1 is a possible candidate gene for CVD risk28 that, as previously indicated, is a pathology strongly linked to CKD.

Glutathione S-transferases (GSTs) are detoxification enzymes playing an important role in the conjugation of endogenous or exogenous xenobiotic toxins to glutathione (GSH). The family of cytosolic GSTs has different classes, including the Omega (GSTO) class29. Polymorphisms in GSTO1 and GSTO2, members of the Omega class, might influence the level of oxidative stress30. GSTO1 (rs4925) and GSTO2 (rs156697) genotypes have been associated with worse prognosis and shorter survival in bladder cancer patients31.

The UMOD gene encodes for uromodulin protein acting as a constitutive inhibitor of calcium crystallization in renal fluids32. The SNP rs12917707 was found to be associated with both glomerular filtration rate and better kidney function in two GWASs33,34. Seven SNPs of the UMOD gene that are in high LD with rs12917707 were also associated with CKD at a genome-wide significant level35 and, in general, many studies independently corroborate earlier evidence for the association between UMOD and CKD36.

The MGP gene encodes a protein acting as an inhibitor of bone formation. The rs4236 variant results in a missense mutation influencing the calcification process and affecting atherosclerotic plaques37. It is also known that the variant form is associated with a decreased quantity of coronary artery calcification38. In this context, our results are consistent with those reported in the literature showing a protective effect with respect to CKD39. A recent publication on the Spanish Nefrona Cohort also found the association of the rs4236 SNP of the MGP gene with CKD40.

Different pathologies like hypertension, cardiovascular disease and cancer are strongly linked with CKD. Although in our study none of the genes associated with CKD were associated with these pathologies, positive associations with other candidate SNPs and genes were observed. GPX4, CYP11B2, and ERCC4 genes were associated with hypertension. The phospholipid hydroperoxide GPX (GPX4) is a common intracellular selenoprotein that reduces lipid hydroperoxides and regulates leukotriene biosynthesis and cytokine signaling pathways. The SNP rs713041 causes a C to T substitution in a region of the GPX4 gene corresponding to the 3´-untranslated region of the messenger RNA altering protein binding41. Although no association was observed in a Japanese CKD population42, a direct relationship between the rate of change of plasma GPX activity and the rate of change of glomerular filtration index was observed43. The CYP11B2 gene, which encodes the human aldosterone synthase, is a cytochrome P450 enzyme that catalyzes the terminal steps of aldosterone synthesis in the zona glomerulosa cells of the adrenal cortex44. The rs1799998 polymorphism has been suggested to be associated with genetic predisposition to cardiovascular diseases, such as myocardial infarction and hypertension45. Our study agrees with those researches revealing an association with increased risk of hypertension among CKD patients46. Finally, ERCC4 is involved in nucleotide excision repair (NER) pathway, with a reported association with cancer47. This is a new finding, as no previous report found associations between this SNP and kidney diseases or hypertension.

With regard to previous cancer history and cardiovascular disease, an association with ERCC2 was observed. ERCC2 is an important DNA repair gene in the NER pathway that has been associated with cancer incidence48, and with cardiovascular disease49 but no previous reports linked this gene with kidney failure in humans. Nevertheless, ERCC has shown to be associated with age-related vascular dysfunction in a mouse model50. Interestingly in our study, this gene was associated with both CVD and with a previous cancer history among CKD patients.

Since CKD is characterized by changes in clinical parameters, which in our case are continuous values, both a linear and a logistic regression model, with either the median or the normal value as a cut-off were carried out. Several associations between clinical parameters and selected SNPs were observed as indicated in Table S1. All genes showing association with CKD showed also at least one association with the evaluated clinical parameters. GPX1, GSTO, KL, and MGP genes showed associations with the creatinine levels and with the glomerular filtration rate, which are strongly linked to CKD. In addition, GPX1 and GPX4 genes were also associated with phosphorus levels, GPX4 with ferritin levels, GSTO with albumin levels, and KL with the resistance index to erythropoietin. The UMOD gene was associated with the levels of parathyroid hormone.

In consonance with the large importance of cytokines in inflammatory diseases and considering that inflammation is closely related to mineral disorders in CKD51,52 we found an association between IL-4 gene and phosphorus levels. We also identified an association between IL1A, IL-6, and ICAM-1 genes and parathyroid hormone (PTH) values; and ICAM-1 gene also with the glomerular filtration rate. Previous investigations demonstrated the effect of IL-6, IL-4, and ICAM polymorphisms in end-stage renal disease patients53. Interestingly, both cytokines (IL1A and IL-6) have been implicated as key factors linking malnutrition, accelerated atherogenesis, and excessive morbidity and mortality in end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients in hemodialysis54. In addition, IL-4 was also associated with phosphorus levels. The same polymorphisms we evaluated for IL-4 and IL-6 genes were also associated with kidney function and CKD prevalence in a large Japanese population55 where IL-4 was found to be associated with glomerulonephritis56, and increased levels of phosphorus as well as parathyroid cell proliferation57, that would support our findings. Surprisingly, there was a lack of association among SNPs of IL-1 and IL-6 and CRP, giving the well-known relationship between CRP and inflammation. It would be interesting to analyze the possible association of these SNPs with the neutrophil-lymphocyte and platelet-lymphocyte ratio, which are considered prognostic markers associated with inflammation in many diseases including CKD, but unfortunately this information was not available.

With regard to the selected antioxidant genes, in addition of the role of GPX, SOD genes were also associated with biomarkers such as erythropoietin resistance index, albumin and phosphorus levels, C-reactive protein and ferritin levels. These associations agree with a previous study58, supporting the role of oxidative stress in the progression of several diseases, including CKD. Our findings also agree with previous researches showing that SOD was associated with advanced nephropathy59.

Three of the genes involved in DNA repair, ERCC2, ERCC4, and XRCC1 were associated with different clinical parameters. ERCC2 was associated with albumin and hemoglobin levels, ERCC4 with phosphorus levels, while XRCC1 was associated with C-reactive protein values. ERCC genes are involved in DNA repair, in particular in the nucleotide excision repair pathway, and different SNPs have been associated with kidney pathologies such as renal cell carcinoma60. In fact, ERCC1 and ERCC4 play important roles in the development of nephropathies, as demonstrated in mammalian models61. The variant rs25487 of the XRCC1 gene confers increased risk for the development of ESRD62,63.

In our study, the GSTP1 gene was associated with C-reactive protein and ferritin levels. This gene is involved in a wide range of detoxification reactions that protect cells from carcinogens64. GSTs provide protection against reactive oxygen species and the electrophilic metabolites of carcinogens. Interestingly the role of GSTP1 (together with GSTA1, GSTM1, and GSTT) genotypes was already determined in a group of end-stage renal disease patients showing that those individuals carrying the null alleles showed increased susceptibility towards oxidative and carbonyl stress65. The Klotho (KL) gene encodes the klotho protein controlling multiple ion channels and growth factor signaling pathways, including insulin, IGF-1, and Wnt signaling.

The Klotho gene was associated with high creatinine levels, glomerular filtration rate, and erythropoietin resistance index. KL expression in kidneys was reduced in patients with chronic renal failure66, which would imply that the reduction of KL protein may be relevant in the pathophysiology of kidney disease. Our results would agree with those indicating a role in the increased risk observed in different pathologies associated with CKD67.

SHROOM3, VEGFA, UMOD, and SLC7A9, were associated with hemoglobin and parathyroid hormone levels, with erythropoietin resistance index, with parathyroid hormone levels, and with ferritin values, respectively. Interestingly these four genes were previously associated with CKD in GWAS studies23,68,69,70. SHROOM3 encodes an actin-binding protein expressed in the kidney, where it may have an important role in the morphogenesis of epithelial tissues during development71. VEGFA encodes vascular endothelial growth factor A, and some variants have been identified related to nephrogenesis23. UMOD encodes uromodulin which is the most abundant protein in normal urine72 having antimicrobial properties providing defense against uropathogens responsible for urinary tract infections; in addition, it may also play a role in preventing crystallization of calcium and uric acid in kidneys and urine73. The SLC7A9 gene encodes the neutral and basic amino acid transport protein (rBAT) involved in the transport of the urinary dibasic amino acids across the renal tubular membrane74. In spite of their importance in kidney physiology, we did not find association between these genes and CKD; nevertheless, we were able to detect their modulatory role on some of the biochemical parameters that are characteristics of CKD patients. A possible explanation for the lack of association of these SNPs with CKD could be the small sample size of the control group.

MTHFR, a folate-dependent enzyme, plays an important role in the conversion of homocysteine to methionine, being important for most of the biological processes. The variant rs1801133 of the MTHFR gene is relatively common and it has been studied for a long time. There is a wide list of disorders in different populations around the world affected by this SNP, and MTHFR variants are associated with susceptibility of type 2 diabetes mellitus in diabetic nephropathy75. Our results showed an association between the MTHFR variant and the resistance index to the erythropoietin. Different studies show that ESRD patients homozygous for the mutant allele rs1801133 have increased mortality risk76, and associations of the MTHFR gene with CKD progression have also been reported77,78.

A detailed discussion of the pros and cons of SNP association studies in the clinical context of CKD is outside the scope of this article, and a large number of comparisons tested may hinder the clarity of the results. Many of these studies rely on small samples, often being limited by the logistics of clinical study designs. Therefore, the ratio of the number of variables to the number of individuals/observations grows even higher, placing additional constraints on the analysis methods. An additional difficulty here lies in incorporating different data types (e.g., SNPs from different kinds of genes and metabolite measurements from metabolomics studies) into the same analysis framework, which is something that the traditional analysis using parametric statistical methods are not particularly efficient at either. Thus, small numbers of patients in some analysis, multiple variables analyzed, with possible correlation between them, are perhaps the most difficult challenge, required in this study, to associate complex variants with the CKD.

The overall conclusion of this study is that variants in GPX1, GSTO1, GSTO2, UMOD, and MGP genes are associated with CKD. In addition, other genes were found to be associated with CKD related pathologies, such as hypertension (GPX4, CYP11B2, ERCC4), cancer predisposition (ERCC2), and cardiovascular disease (ERCC2). Finally, associations with classical CKD biochemical parameters were found for creatinine (GPX1, GSTO1, GSTO2, KL, MGP), glomerular filtration rate (GPX1, GSTO1, KL, ICAM-1, MGP), hemoglobin (ERCC2, SHROOM3), resistance index erythropoietin (SOD2, VEGFA, MTHFR, KL), albumin (SOD1, SOD2, GSTO2, ERCC2), phosphorus (IL-4, ERCC4, SOD1, GPX1, GPX4) parathyroid hormone (IL-1A, IL6, SHROOM3, UMOD, ICAM-1), C-reactive protein (SOD2, GSTP1, XRCC1), and ferritin (SOD2, GSTP1, SLC7A9, GPX4).

Methods

Ethics statement

All individuals participating in the study provided written informed consent, and blood samples were collected under protocols approved by the Ethics Committee of the Puigvert Foundation from Barcelona and Josep Trueta Hospital from Girona, in accordance with the tenets of the Declaration of Helsinki. In addition to the genotyping studies, peripheral blood samples were also used to determine standard biochemical parameters relevant for CKD.

Study populations

The study involved a total of 722 European-Spanish adults, including 548 patients suffering kidney pathologies at different stages, and 174 controls. All patients had a reduced glomerular filtration rate (GFR < 60 mL/min/1.73 m2). In total, we had 338 men and 210 women (62% and 38%, respectively) as CKD patients. Healthy controls were 105 men and 67 women (61% and 39%, respectively).

General characteristics of all patients are shown in Table 1. In addition to the 133 patients recruited from the hospital J. Trueta (Girona), 415 patients and all controls were randomly recruited at the Puigvert Foundation, Barcelona, over a period of 7 years. Controls were selected from the urology clinic outpatients suffering from either prostatic pathology, urinary tract infections or kidney stones, and all had normal GFR, according to their ages. All controls and 415 patients belong to our previous work19.

Gene and SNP selection, and genotyping

Gene and SNP selection. A total of 38 SNPs from 31 candidate genes were selected. Some of them were previously reported in a GWAS to be associated with CKD (GLO1, SLC7A9, SHROOM3, UMOD, and VEGFA)23,33,35,79, other were related to pathological processes characteristic of CKD, such as cytokines (IL-1A, IL-4, IL-6, IL10, TNF-a and ICAM-1), renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (AGT and CYP11B2), proteins involved in fibrogenesis (TGFB1), and in homocysteine synthesis (MTHFR). Some genes coding for antioxidant enzymes were also included (SOD1, SOD2, CAT, GPX1, GPX3, and GPX4). Moreover, genes involved in DNA repair pathways such as nucleotide excision repair (NER) genes (ERCC2, and ERCC4) and base excision repair (BER) genes (OGG1, MUTYH, XRCC1), and phase-II metabolism (GSTP1, GSTO1, and GSTO2) were included. Finally, other genes related to mortality in hemodialysis patients, vascular calcification and aging (KL and MGP)80,81 were also incorporated into the study. The gene and SNP selection were based on published studies reporting associations of SNPs with CKD, or related phenotypes, and all selected SNPs had a minor allele frequency (MAF) > 10%. Table 2 shows details of the SNPs studied in our population. When no genotyping assay was available for the selected SNP another SNP in high linkage disequilibrium (r2 > 0.8) was genotyped instead (alternative SNPs in Table 2).

Genotyping was carried out using the TaqMan SNP genotyping assays (Life Technologies), according to the manufacturer’s guidelines. To assure the genotyping reliability, repeated analysis was performed in a randomly selected 10% of samples (quality controls); no discrepancies between the genotypes were observed. KASP allelic discrimination method (LGCgenomics, Middelsex, UK) was used to genotype the SNPs rs1800896, rs1800470, rs1799793, and rs1207568. DNA amplification was performed according to the LGC genomics’ PCR conditions. Genotype detection for all SNPs was performed using a ViiA™ 7 v1.2.1 (Applied Biosystems) and allelic discrimination was performed with 95% confidence. Further information can be found in the PhD of the first author82.

Statistical analysis

For the comparison of means of the different clinical parameters, between cases and controls, the Mann Whitney test was used. For the analysis of the pathologies associated with CKD, the Fisher test was performed.

In the association study, samples with <50% call rate were excluded. The observed genotype frequencies in controls were tested for Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium using the Chi-square test. Odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (95% CIs) for associations between genotypes and CKD, associated phenotypes and clinical parameters converted to binary variables were estimated by logistic regression while linear regression was used for continuous variables. The analyses were done considering two models, one without adjustment and a second adjusting for age and gender. Statistical significance was determined by a P-value lower than 0.05. The analyses were performed using the following statistical software: the Statistic Package of Social Sciences (SPSS) software for Windows version 19.0, PLINK 1.90, https://www.cog-genomics.org/plink283 and Rx64 3.1.3 for82 Windows, http://www.r-project.org.

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First of all we thank all the volunteers that have participated in this study. We are grateful to Dr. Andrea Woltmann for supervising the genotyping. Corredor Z. and Rodríguez-Ribera L. were supported by COLCIENCIAS (Departamento Administrativo de Ciencia Tecnología e Innovación de Colombia) and by a postgraduate fellowship (PIF) from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, respectively. The research group belongs to a consolidated Research Group (AGAUR 2009/SGR-1116) and to REDINREN (Spanish Renal Network for Research 16/06 RETICS, Instituto de Investigación Carlos III). The results presented in this article have been included, in part, in the Doctoral Thesis of the first author (Z. Corredor). This Thesis can be consulted in the open repository of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. This investigation has been supported in part by a grant from Fondo de Investigación Sanitaria (FIS, PI12/02559).

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S.P., R.M. and A.F. planned the experiments. Z.C., L.R.-R., A.V. and A.H. prepared DNA samples. I.S., J.M.D., J.B., E.C., M.V.P. and J.C.M. supplied all biological samples and information about patients. Z.C., M.I.S.F.,. and C.C., carried out the genotyping, statistical analysis and interpretation of data. S.P., R.M. and A.F. draft the manuscript. S.P., R.M., K.H. and A.F. carried out a critical revision of the manuscript. All authors approved the final version of the manuscript.

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Corredor, Z., Filho, M.I.d.S., Rodríguez-Ribera, L. et al. Genetic Variants Associated with Chronic Kidney Disease in a Spanish Population. Sci Rep 10, 144 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-56695-2

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