Membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis: The role for laser microdissection and mass spectrometry

Deepika Jain, Jamie A. Green, Sheldon Bastacky, Jason D. Theis, Sanjeev M Sethi

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Abstract

Monoclonal gammopathy is increasingly recognized as a common cause of membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis (MPGN); however, establishing this diagnosis can be challenging. We report the case of a 58-year-old asymptomatic woman who presented with proteinuria with protein excretion of 5,000 mg/d, microscopic hematuria, and normal kidney function. Kidney biopsy was consistent with MPGN pattern of injury. Immunofluorescence studies were positive for nonspecific segmental immunoglobulin M (IgM) and C3 staining. Electron microscopy showed subendothelial, subepithelial, and mesangial electron-dense deposits. The workup excluded an infectious or autoimmune disease, but IgG κ monoclonal protein was detected in serum at a concentration of 0.4 mg/dL. Because there was a mismatch between the serum monoclonal protein (IgG κ) and immunofluorescence staining pattern (nonspecific IgM, no light chain restriction), laser microdissection and mass spectrometry were performed on the kidney biopsy tissue. This identified the deposits as monoclonal IgG κ, thereby leading to the diagnosis of monoclonal gammopathy-associated MPGN. Our case emphasizes the importance of searching for an underlying cause of MPGN, reviews the technique of laser microdissection-mass spectrometry, and highlights its application as a pathology tool for the evaluation of monoclonal gammopathy-related glomerulonephritis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)324-328
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Kidney Diseases
Volume63
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2014

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Membranoproliferative Glomerulonephritis
Microdissection
Paraproteinemias
Mass Spectrometry
Lasers
Immunoglobulin G
Kidney
Fluorescent Antibody Technique
Immunoglobulin M
Staining and Labeling
Biopsy
Hematuria
Glomerulonephritis
Proteinuria
Autoimmune Diseases
Communicable Diseases
Blood Proteins
Electron Microscopy
Proteins
Electrons

Keywords

  • laser microdissection
  • laser-capture microdissection-mass spectrometry (LCM-MS)
  • mass spectrometry
  • Membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis
  • monoclonal gammopathy
  • nephrotic
  • proteinuria
  • proteomics

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  • Nephrology

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Membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis : The role for laser microdissection and mass spectrometry. / Jain, Deepika; Green, Jamie A.; Bastacky, Sheldon; Theis, Jason D.; Sethi, Sanjeev M.

In: American Journal of Kidney Diseases, Vol. 63, No. 2, 02.2014, p. 324-328.

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Jain, Deepika ; Green, Jamie A. ; Bastacky, Sheldon ; Theis, Jason D. ; Sethi, Sanjeev M. / Membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis : The role for laser microdissection and mass spectrometry. In: American Journal of Kidney Diseases. 2014 ; Vol. 63, No. 2. pp. 324-328.
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