Krzysztof Kiryluk, Assistant Professor at Columbia University, is a clinical nephrologist with a formal training in biostatistics. His long-term goal is to develop an independent career conducting translational research in the genetics of IgA nephropathy and other forms of kidney disease. The purpose of this proposal is to foster his scientific development, laboratory skills, and build on his expertise in statistical genetics. IgA nephropathy (IgAN) is the most common cause of primary glomerulonephritis worldwide. Most IgAN patients exhibit a characteristic under-glycosylation of the IgA1 molecule. An increased serum level of galactose-deficient IgA1 (Gd-IgA1) is emerging as a useful biomarker of IgAN. Gd-IgA1 promotes formation and mesangial deposition of IgA1-containing immune complexes, but the reason why IgAN patients have high Gd-IgA1 is currently not known. Recently, a reliable lectin-based ELISA assay for detection of high levels of serum Gd-IgA1 has been developed. Krzysztof has utilized this assay to demonstrate that Gd-IgA1 levels are elevated in a large proportion of patients with IgAN and their family members as compared to unrelated controls. Moreover, Krzysztof conducted a whole-genome linkage scan for Gd-IgA1 in a large pedigree with familial IgAN and identified a major susceptibility locus on chromosome 10p14-15 (LOD=4.4). Based on these results, he hypothesizes that Gd-IgA1 level is, in part, genetically determined. He proposes to identify gene(s) responsible for high Gd-IgA1 levels by integration of linkage and gene expression data from this and other families with IgAN. In addition, he proposes to perform the first GWAS for Gd-IgA1 to identify possible contributions from common genetic variants to this phenotype. He will follow his findings by differential expression studies in IgA1-producing cells and in vitro functional studies of gene(s) contributing to abnormal glycosylation of IgA1. The proposed studies will be conducted in the laboratory of Dr. Gharavi (primary mentor), with Dr. Terwilliger (co-mentor) providing him with additional expertise in genetic analysis. Considering the inter-disciplinary nature of this project, Krzysztof has established a network of collaborators from different departments at Columbia University and outside institutions. Krzysztof's training plan builds on his strong background in applied biostatistics and statistical genetics. He will also obtain a """"""""hands-on"""""""" training in laboratory methods. In the long term, Krzysztof hopes to build a highly productive independent laboratory to continue his scientific investigations in the field of complex disease genetics.

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This project aims to discover the genes and pathways responsible for the abnormalities in IgA1 molecules that cause IgA nephropathy, the most common form of primary glomerulonephritis worldwide. The proposed studies of the genetic defects that result in the production abnormal IgA1 will lay the basis for the development of effective therapies for this serious disease.

National Institute of Health (NIH)
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (K23)
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Rankin, Tracy L
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Kiryluk, Krzysztof; Li, Yifu; Moldoveanu, Zina et al. (2017) GWAS for serum galactose-deficient IgA1 implicates critical genes of the O-glycosylation pathway. PLoS Genet 13:e1006609
Xie, Jingyuan; Kiryluk, Krzysztof; Li, Yifu et al. (2016) Fine Mapping Implicates a Deletion of CFHR1 and CFHR3 in Protection from IgA Nephropathy in Han Chinese. J Am Soc Nephrol 27:3187-3194
Magistroni, Riccardo; D'Agati, Vivette D; Appel, Gerald B et al. (2015) New developments in the genetics, pathogenesis, and therapy of IgA nephropathy. Kidney Int 88:974-89
Xie, Jingyuan; Hao, Xu; Azeloglu, Evren U et al. (2015) Novel mutations in the inverted formin 2 gene of Chinese families contribute to focal segmental glomerulosclerosis. Kidney Int 88:593-604
Maillard, Nicolas; Wyatt, Robert J; Julian, Bruce A et al. (2015) Current Understanding of the Role of Complement in IgA Nephropathy. J Am Soc Nephrol 26:1503-12
Verbitsky, Miguel; Sanna-Cherchi, Simone; Fasel, David A et al. (2015) Genomic imbalances in pediatric patients with chronic kidney disease. J Clin Invest 125:2171-8
Canetta, Pietro A; Kiryluk, Krzysztof; Appel, Gerald B (2014) Glomerular diseases: emerging tests and therapies for IgA nephropathy. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol 9:617-25
Materna-Kiryluk, Anna; Kiryluk, Krzysztof; Burgess, Katelyn E et al. (2014) The emerging role of genomics in the diagnosis and workup of congenital urinary tract defects: a novel deletion syndrome on chromosome 3q13.31-22.1. Pediatr Nephrol 29:257-67
Kiryluk, Krzysztof; Novak, Jan (2014) The genetics and immunobiology of IgA nephropathy. J Clin Invest 124:2325-32
Caliskan, Yasar; Kiryluk, Krzysztof (2014) Novel biomarkers in glomerular disease. Adv Chronic Kidney Dis 21:205-16

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