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JCI Insight ; 4(24)2019 Dec 19.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31689241

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γδ T cells account for a large fraction of human intestinal intraepithelial lymphocytes (IELs) endowed with potent antitumor activities. However, little is known about their origin, phenotype, and clinical relevance in colorectal cancer (CRC). To determine γδ IEL gut specificity, homing, and functions, γδ T cells were purified from human healthy blood, lymph nodes, liver, skin, and intestine, either disease-free, affected by CRC, or generated from thymic precursors. The constitutive expression of NKp46 specifically identifies a subset of cytotoxic Vδ1 T cells representing the largest fraction of gut-resident IELs. The ontogeny and gut-tropism of NKp46+/Vδ1 IELs depends both on distinctive features of Vδ1 thymic precursors and gut-environmental factors. Either the constitutive presence of NKp46 on tissue-resident Vδ1 intestinal IELs or its induced expression on IL-2/IL-15-activated Vδ1 thymocytes are associated with antitumor functions. Higher frequencies of NKp46+/Vδ1 IELs in tumor-free specimens from CRC patients correlate with a lower risk of developing metastatic III/IV disease stages. Additionally, our in vitro settings reproducing CRC tumor microenvironment inhibited the expansion of NKp46+/Vδ1 cells from activated thymic precursors. These results parallel the very low frequencies of NKp46+/Vδ1 IELs able to infiltrate CRC, thus providing insights to either follow-up cancer progression or to develop adoptive cellular therapies.

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Am J Hum Genet ; 105(3): 549-561, 2019 Sep 05.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31447097

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FOXN1 is the master regulatory gene of thymic epithelium development. FOXN1 deficiency leads to thymic aplasia, alopecia, and nail dystrophy, accounting for the nude/severe combined immunodeficiency (nu/SCID) phenotype in humans and mice. We identified several newborns with low levels of T cell receptor excision circles (TRECs) and T cell lymphopenia at birth, who carried heterozygous loss-of-function FOXN1 variants. Longitudinal analysis showed persistent T cell lymphopenia during infancy, often associated with nail dystrophy. Adult individuals with heterozygous FOXN1 variants had in most cases normal CD4+ but lower than normal CD8+ cell counts. We hypothesized a FOXN1 gene dosage effect on the function of thymic epithelial cells (TECs) and thymopoiesis and postulated that these effects would be more prominent early in life. To test this hypothesis, we analyzed TEC subset frequency and phenotype, early thymic progenitor (ETP) cell count, and expression of FOXN1 target genes (Ccl25, Cxcl12, Dll4, Scf, Psmb11, Prss16, and Cd83) in Foxn1nu/+ (nu/+) mice and age-matched wild-type (+/+) littermate controls. Both the frequency and the absolute count of ETP were significantly reduced in nu/+ mice up to 3 weeks of age. Analysis of the TEC compartment showed reduced expression of FOXN1 target genes and delayed maturation of the medullary TEC compartment in nu/+ mice. These observations establish a FOXN1 gene dosage effect on thymic function and identify FOXN1 haploinsufficiency as an important genetic determinant of T cell lymphopenia at birth.

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Stem Cells Transl Med ; 8(10): 1107-1122, 2019 Oct.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31140762

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Defective functionality of thymic epithelial cells (TECs), due to genetic mutations or injuring causes, results in altered T-cell development, leading to immunodeficiency or autoimmunity. These defects cannot be corrected by hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT), and thymus transplantation has not yet been demonstrated to be fully curative. Here, we provide proof of principle of a novel approach toward thymic regeneration, involving the generation of thymic organoids obtained by seeding gene-modified postnatal murine TECs into three-dimensional (3D) collagen type I scaffolds mimicking the thymic ultrastructure. To this end, freshly isolated TECs were transduced with a lentiviral vector system, allowing for doxycycline-induced Oct4 expression. Transient Oct4 expression promoted TECs expansion without drastically changing the cell lineage identity of adult TECs, which retain the expression of important molecules for thymus functionality such as Foxn1, Dll4, Dll1, and AIRE. Oct4-expressing TECs (iOCT4 TEC) were able to grow into 3D collagen type I scaffolds both in vitro and in vivo, demonstrating that the collagen structure reproduced a 3D environment similar to the thymic extracellular matrix, perfectly recognized by TECs. In vivo results showed that thymic organoids transplanted subcutaneously in athymic nude mice were vascularized but failed to support thymopoiesis because of their limited in vivo persistence. These findings provide evidence that gene modification, in combination with the usage of 3D biomimetic scaffolds, may represent a novel approach allowing the use of postnatal TECs for thymic regeneration. Stem Cells Translational Medicine 2019;8:1107-1122.

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Front Immunol ; 10: 447, 2019.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30949166

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The thymus plays a fundamental role in establishing and maintaining central and peripheral tolerance and defects in thymic architecture or AIRE expression result in the development of autoreactive lymphocytes. Patients with partial DiGeorge Syndrome (pDGS) and Down Syndrome (DS) present alterations in size and architecture of the thymus and higher risk to develop autoimmunity. We sought to evaluate thymic architecture and thymocyte development in DGS and DS patients and to determine the extent to which thymic defects result in immune dysregulation and T cell homeostasis perturbation in these patients. Thymi from pediatric patients and age-matched controls were obtained to evaluate cortex and medullary compartments, AIRE expression and thymocyte development. In the same patients we also characterized immunophenotype of peripheral T cells. Phenotypic and functional characterization of thymic and peripheral regulatory T (Treg) cells was finally assessed. Histologic analysis revealed peculiar alterations in thymic medulla size and maturation in DGS and DS patients. Perturbed distribution of thymocytes and altered thymic output was also observed. DGS patients showed lower mature CD4+ and CD8+ T cell frequency, associated with reduced proportion and function of Tregs both in thymus and peripheral blood. DS patients showed increased frequency of single positive (SP) thymocytes and thymic Treg cells. However, Tregs isolated both from thymus and peripheral blood of DS patients showed reduced suppressive ability. Our results provide novel insights on thymic defects associated with DGS and DS and their impact on peripheral immune dysregulation. Indeed, thymic abnormalities and defect in thymocyte development, in particular in Treg cell number and function could contribute in the pathogenesis of the immunodysregulation present in pDGS and in DS patients.

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J Allergy Clin Immunol ; 144(3): 825-838, 2019 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30926529

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BACKGROUND: Thrombocytopenia is a serious issue for all patients with classical Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome (WAS) and X-linked thrombocytopenia (XLT) because it causes severe and life-threatening bleeding. Lentiviral gene therapy (GT) for WAS has shown promising results in terms of immune reconstitution. However, despite the reduced severity and frequency of bleeding events, platelet counts remain low in GT-treated patients. OBJECTIVE: We carefully investigated platelet defects in terms of phenotype and function in untreated patients with WAS and assessed the effect of GT treatment on platelet dysfunction. METHODS: We analyzed a cohort of 20 patients with WAS/XLT, 15 of them receiving GT. Platelet phenotype and function were analyzed by using electron microscopy, flow cytometry, and an aggregation assay. Platelet protein composition was assessed before and after GT by means of proteomic profile analysis. RESULTS: We show that platelets from untreated patients with WAS have reduced size, abnormal ultrastructure, and a hyperactivated phenotype at steady state, whereas activation and aggregation responses to agonists are decreased. GT restores platelet size and function early after treatment and reduces the hyperactivated phenotype proportionally to WAS protein expression and length of follow-up. CONCLUSIONS: Our study highlights the coexistence of morphologic and multiple functional defects in platelets lacking WAS protein and demonstrates that GT normalizes the platelet proteomic profile with consequent restoration of platelet ultrastructure and phenotype, which might explain the observed reduction of bleeding episodes after GT. These results are instrumental also from the perspective of a future clinical trial in patients with XLT only presenting with microthrombocytopenia.

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J Allergy Clin Immunol ; 142(5): 1605-1617.e4, 2018 11.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29447842

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BACKGROUND: Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome (WAS) is a rare primary immunodeficiency caused by mutations in Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome protein (WASp), a key regulator of cytoskeletal dynamics in hematopoietic cells. A high proportion of patients experience autoimmunity caused by a breakdown in T- and B-cell tolerance. Moreover, excessive production of type I interferon (IFN-I) by plasmacytoid dendritic cells (pDCs) contributes to autoimmune signs; however, the factors that trigger excessive innate activation have not been defined. OBJECTIVE: Neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) emerged as major initiating factors in patients with diseases such as systemic lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis. In this study we explored the possible involvement of aberrant neutrophil functions in patients with WAS. METHODS: We evaluated the expression of a set of granulocyte genes associated with NETs in a cohort of patients with WAS and the presence of NET inducers in sera. Using a mouse model of WAS, we analyzed NET release by WASp-null neutrophils and evaluated the composition and homeostasis of neutrophils in vivo. By using depletion experiments, we assessed the effect of neutrophils in promoting inflammation and reactivity against autoantigens. RESULTS: Transcripts of genes encoding neutrophil enzymes and antimicrobial peptides were increased in granulocytes of patients with WAS, and serum-soluble factors triggered NET release. WASp-null neutrophils showed increased spontaneous NETosis, induced IFN-I production by pDCs, and activated B cells through B-cell activating factor. Consistently, their depletion abolished constitutive pDC activation, normalized circulating IFN-I levels, and, importantly, abolished production of autoantibodies directed against double-stranded DNA, nucleosomes, and myeloperoxidase. CONCLUSIONS: These findings reveal that neutrophils are involved in the pathogenic loop that causes excessive activation of innate cells and autoreactive B cells, thus identifying novel mechanisms that contribute to the autoimmunity of WAS.


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Interferon Tipo I/imunologia , Neutrófilos/imunologia , Síndrome de Wiskott-Aldrich/imunologia , Adolescente , Adulto , Animais , Autoanticorpos/imunologia , Linfócitos B/imunologia , Pré-Escolar , Células Dendríticas/imunologia , Armadilhas Extracelulares , Feminino , Expressão Gênica , Humanos , Lactente , Masculino , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Camundongos Knockout , Síndrome de Wiskott-Aldrich/genética , Adulto Jovem
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J Allergy Clin Immunol ; 142(4): 1272-1284, 2018 10.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29421274

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BACKGROUND: Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome (WAS) is an X-linked immunodeficiency characterized by eczema, infections, and susceptibility to autoimmunity and malignancies. Thrombocytopenia is a constant finding, but its pathogenesis remains elusive. OBJECTIVE: To dissect the basis of the WAS platelet defect, we used a novel conditional mouse model (CoWas) lacking Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome protein (WASp) only in the megakaryocytic lineage in the presence of a normal immunologic environment, and in parallel we analyzed samples obtained from patients with WAS. METHODS: Phenotypic and functional characterization of megakaryocytes and platelets in mutant CoWas mice and patients with WAS with and without autoantibodies was performed. Platelet antigen expression was examined through a protein expression profile and cluster proteomic interaction network. Platelet immunogenicity was tested by using ELISAs and B-cell and platelet cocultures. RESULTS: CoWas mice showed increased megakaryocyte numbers and normal thrombopoiesis in vitro, but WASp-deficient platelets had short lifespan and high expression of activation markers. Proteomic analysis identified signatures compatible with defects in cytoskeletal reorganization and metabolism yet surprisingly increased antigen-processing capabilities. In addition, WASp-deficient platelets expressed high levels of surface and soluble CD40 ligand and were capable of inducing B-cell activation in vitro. WASp-deficient platelets were highly immunostimulatory in mice and triggered the generation of antibodies specific for WASp-deficient platelets, even in the context of a normal immune system. Patients with WAS also showed platelet hyperactivation and increased plasma soluble CD40 ligand levels correlating with the presence of autoantibodies. CONCLUSION: Overall, these findings suggest that intrinsic defects in WASp-deficient platelets decrease their lifespan and dysregulate immune responses, corroborating the role of platelets as modulators of inflammation and immunity.


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Plaquetas/imunologia , Síndrome de Wiskott-Aldrich/imunologia , Adolescente , Adulto , Animais , Autoimunidade , Ligante de CD40/imunologia , Criança , Pré-Escolar , Feminino , Humanos , Lactente , Inflamação/sangue , Inflamação/imunologia , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Camundongos Knockout , Contagem de Plaquetas , Síndrome de Wiskott-Aldrich/sangue , Proteína da Síndrome de Wiskott-Aldrich/genética , Proteína da Síndrome de Wiskott-Aldrich/imunologia , Adulto Jovem
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J Allergy Clin Immunol ; 142(3): 928-941.e8, 2018 09.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29241731

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BACKGROUND: Omenn syndrome (OS) is a rare severe combined immunodeficiency associated with autoimmunity and caused by defects in lymphoid-specific V(D)J recombination. Most patients carry hypomorphic mutations in recombination-activating gene (RAG) 1 or 2. Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation is the standard treatment; however, gene therapy (GT) might represent a valid alternative, especially for patients lacking a matched donor. OBJECTIVE: We sought to determine the efficacy of lentiviral vector (LV)-mediated GT in the murine model of OS (Rag2R229Q/R229Q) in correcting immunodeficiency and autoimmunity. METHODS: Lineage-negative cells from mice with OS were transduced with an LV encoding the human RAG2 gene and injected into irradiated recipients with OS. Control mice underwent transplantation with wild-type or OS-untransduced lineage-negative cells. Immunophenotyping, T-dependent and T-independent antigen challenge, immune spectratyping, autoantibody detection, and detailed tissue immunohistochemical analyses were performed. RESULTS: LV-mediated GT allowed immunologic reconstitution, although it was suboptimal compared with that seen in wild-type bone marrow (BM)-transplanted OS mice in peripheral blood and hematopoietic organs, such as the BM, thymus, and spleen. We observed in vivo variability in the efficacy of GT correlating with the levels of transduction achieved. Immunoglobulin levels and T-cell repertoire normalized, and gene-corrected mice responded properly to challenges in vivo. Autoimmune manifestations, such as skin infiltration and autoantibodies, dramatically improved in GT mice with a vector copy number/genome higher than 1 in the BM and 2 in the thymus. CONCLUSIONS: Our data show that LV-mediated GT for patients with OS significantly ameliorates the immunodeficiency, even in an inflammatory environment.


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Proteínas de Ligação a DNA/genética , Terapia Genética , Lentivirus/genética , Imunodeficiência Combinada Severa/terapia , Animais , Autoimunidade , Linfócitos B/imunologia , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Feminino , Inflamação/imunologia , Inflamação/terapia , Contagem de Linfócitos , Masculino , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Camundongos Transgênicos , Imunodeficiência Combinada Severa/imunologia , Linfócitos T/imunologia
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Front Immunol ; 8: 490, 2017.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-28512459

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Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome (WAS) is a primary immunodeficiency caused by mutations in the gene encoding the hematopoietic-specific WAS protein (WASp). WAS is frequently associated with autoimmunity, indicating a critical role of WASp in maintenance of tolerance. The role of B cells in the induction of autoreactive immune responses in WAS has been investigated in several settings, but the mechanisms leading to the development of autoimmune manifestations have been difficult to evaluate in the mouse models of the disease that do not spontaneously develop autoimmunity. We performed an extensive characterization of Was-/- mice that provided evidence of the potential alteration in B cell selection, because of the presence of autoantibodies against double-stranded DNA, platelets, and tissue antigens. To uncover the mechanisms leading to the activation of the potentially autoreactive B cells in Was-/- mice, we performed in vivo chronic stimulations with toll-like receptors agonists (LPS and CpG) and apoptotic cells or infection with lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus. All treatments led to increased production of autoantibodies, increased proteinuria, and kidney tissue damage in Was-/- mice. These findings demonstrate that a lower clearance of pathogens and/or self-antigens and the resulting chronic inflammatory state could cause B cell tolerance breakdown leading to autoimmunity in WAS.

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J Exp Med ; 214(3): 623-637, 2017 03 06.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-28148688

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We studied three patients with severe skeletal dysplasia, T cell immunodeficiency, and developmental delay. Whole-exome sequencing revealed homozygous missense mutations affecting exostosin-like 3 (EXTL3), a glycosyltransferase involved in heparan sulfate (HS) biosynthesis. Patient-derived fibroblasts showed abnormal HS composition and altered fibroblast growth factor 2 signaling, which was rescued by overexpression of wild-type EXTL3 cDNA. Interleukin-2-mediated STAT5 phosphorylation in patients' lymphocytes was markedly reduced. Interbreeding of the extl3-mutant zebrafish (box) with Tg(rag2:green fluorescent protein) transgenic zebrafish revealed defective thymopoiesis, which was rescued by injection of wild-type human EXTL3 RNA. Targeted differentiation of patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cells showed a reduced expansion of lymphohematopoietic progenitor cells and defects of thymic epithelial progenitor cell differentiation. These data identify EXTL3 mutations as a novel cause of severe immune deficiency with skeletal dysplasia and developmental delay and underline a crucial role of HS in thymopoiesis and skeletal and brain development.


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Doenças do Desenvolvimento Ósseo/etiologia , Deficiências do Desenvolvimento/etiologia , Síndromes de Imunodeficiência/etiologia , Mutação , N-Acetilglucosaminiltransferases/genética , Animais , Pré-Escolar , Feminino , Heparitina Sulfato/fisiologia , Humanos , Células-Tronco Pluripotentes Induzidas/citologia , Lactente , Linfócitos/fisiologia , Peixe-Zebra
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J Clin Invest ; 125(10): 3941-51, 2015 Oct 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-26368308

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Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome (WAS) is an X-linked immunodeficiency characterized by microthrombocytopenia, eczema, and high susceptibility to developing tumors and autoimmunity. Recent evidence suggests that B cells may be key players in the pathogenesis of autoimmunity in WAS. Here, we assessed whether WAS protein deficiency (WASp deficiency) affects the establishment of B cell tolerance by testing the reactivity of recombinant antibodies isolated from single B cells from 4 WAS patients before and after gene therapy (GT). We found that pre-GT WASp-deficient B cells were hyperreactive to B cell receptor stimulation (BCR stimulation). This hyperreactivity correlated with decreased frequency of autoreactive new emigrant/transitional B cells exiting the BM, indicating that the BCR signaling threshold plays a major role in the regulation of central B cell tolerance. In contrast, mature naive B cells from WAS patients were enriched in self-reactive clones, revealing that peripheral B cell tolerance checkpoint dysfunction is associated with impaired suppressive function of WAS regulatory T cells. The introduction of functional WASp by GT corrected the alterations of both central and peripheral B cell tolerance checkpoints. We conclude that WASp plays an important role in the establishment and maintenance of B cell tolerance in humans and that restoration of WASp by GT is able to restore B cell tolerance in WAS patients.


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Linfócitos B/imunologia , Terapia Genética , Vetores Genéticos/uso terapêutico , Tolerância Imunológica , Proteína da Síndrome de Wiskott-Aldrich/uso terapêutico , Síndrome de Wiskott-Aldrich/terapia , Adulto , Sequência de Aminoácidos , Medula Óssea/patologia , Criança , Pré-Escolar , Deleção Clonal , Células Clonais/imunologia , Humanos , Lentivirus/genética , Masculino , Dados de Sequência Molecular , Receptores de Antígenos de Linfócitos B/imunologia , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão , Linfócitos T Reguladores/imunologia , Síndrome de Wiskott-Aldrich/imunologia , Proteína da Síndrome de Wiskott-Aldrich/deficiência , Proteína da Síndrome de Wiskott-Aldrich/genética
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J Allergy Clin Immunol ; 136(3): 692-702.e2, 2015 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-25792466

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BACKGROUND: Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome (WAS) is a severe X-linked immunodeficiency characterized by microthrombocytopenia, eczema, recurrent infections, and susceptibility to autoimmunity and lymphomas. Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation is the treatment of choice; however, administration of WAS gene-corrected autologous hematopoietic stem cells has been demonstrated as a feasible alternative therapeutic approach. OBJECTIVE: Because B-cell homeostasis is perturbed in patients with WAS and restoration of immune competence is one of the main therapeutic goals, we have evaluated reconstitution of the B-cell compartment in 4 patients who received autologous hematopoietic stem cells transduced with lentiviral vector after a reduced-intensity conditioning regimen combined with anti-CD20 administration. METHODS: We evaluated B-cell counts, B-cell subset distribution, B cell-activating factor and immunoglobulin levels, and autoantibody production before and after gene therapy (GT). WAS gene transfer in B cells was assessed by measuring vector copy numbers and expression of Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome protein. RESULTS: After lentiviral vector-mediated GT, the number of transduced B cells progressively increased in the peripheral blood of all patients. Lentiviral vector-transduced progenitor cells were able to repopulate the B-cell compartment with a normal distribution of B-cell subsets both in bone marrow and the periphery, showing a WAS protein expression profile similar to that of healthy donors. In addition, after GT, we observed a normalized frequency of autoimmune-associated CD19(+)CD21(-)CD35(-) and CD21(low) B cells and a reduction in B cell-activating factor levels. Immunoglobulin serum levels and autoantibody production improved in all treated patients. CONCLUSIONS: We provide evidence that lentiviral vector-mediated GT induces transgene expression in the B-cell compartment, resulting in ameliorated B-cell development and functionality and contributing to immunologic improvement in patients with WAS.


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Subpopulações de Linfócitos B/metabolismo , Terapia Genética/métodos , Transplante de Células-Tronco Hematopoéticas , Proteína da Síndrome de Wiskott-Aldrich/genética , Síndrome de Wiskott-Aldrich/terapia , Autoanticorpos/biossíntese , Fator Ativador de Células B/genética , Fator Ativador de Células B/metabolismo , Subpopulações de Linfócitos B/imunologia , Subpopulações de Linfócitos B/patologia , Medula Óssea/imunologia , Medula Óssea/metabolismo , Medula Óssea/patologia , Criança , Pré-Escolar , Expressão Gênica , Perfilação da Expressão Gênica , Vetores Genéticos , Células-Tronco Hematopoéticas/imunologia , Células-Tronco Hematopoéticas/metabolismo , Humanos , Imunoglobulinas/biossíntese , Imunofenotipagem , Lactente , Lentivirus/genética , Masculino , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/uso terapêutico , Transdução Genética , Condicionamento Pré-Transplante , Transplante Autólogo , Síndrome de Wiskott-Aldrich/genética , Síndrome de Wiskott-Aldrich/imunologia , Síndrome de Wiskott-Aldrich/patologia , Proteína da Síndrome de Wiskott-Aldrich/imunologia
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Curr Gene Ther ; 14(6): 413-21, 2014.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-25245089

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The Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome (WAS) is a monogenic X-linked primary immunodeficiency characterised also by thrombocytopenia, eczema, and a high susceptibility to develop tumours and autoimmunity. WAS patients have a severely reduced life expectancy, unless they undergo a successful HLA-matched haematopoietic stem cell (HSC) transplantation. However, several WAS patients lack a compatible donor and complications, such as autoimmunity, can arise in a significant fraction of HSC transplanted patients. Administration of WAS gene-corrected autologous HSC represents an alternative therapeutic approach, potentially applicable to all WAS patients. To this aim, several gene therapy approaches for WAS using initially γ-retroviral vectors (RVs) and subsequently HIV-based lentiviral vectors (LVs) have been developed. In the present review, we will first describe the results of the preclinical studies conducted in the murine model of WAS and then discuss the outcome of different phase I/II clinical trials using RV or LV- transduced HSC. Both gene therapy approaches led to restored WASP expression, correction of functional defects and clinical improvement. While RV-mediated gene therapy was associated with a high occurrence of leukaemia, results obtained in the first patients treated with LV-based HSC gene therapy indicate a safer risk-benefit profile.


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Terapia Genética , Vetores Genéticos/uso terapêutico , Família de Proteínas da Síndrome de Wiskott-Aldrich/genética , Síndrome de Wiskott-Aldrich/genética , Síndrome de Wiskott-Aldrich/terapia , Animais , Humanos , Camundongos
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PLoS One ; 9(1): e86942, 2014.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-24466296

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Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome protein (WASP) is a key regulator of the actin cytoskeleton in hematopoietic cells. Defective expression of WASP leads to multiple abnormalities in different hematopoietic cells. Despite severe impairment of T cell function, WAS patients exhibit a high prevalence of autoimmune disorders. We attempted to induce EAE, an animal model of organ-specific autoimmunity affecting the CNS that mimics human MS, in Was(-/-) mice. We describe here that Was(-/-) mice are markedly resistant against EAE, showing lower incidence and milder score, reduced CNS inflammation and demyelination as compared to WT mice. Microglia was only poorly activated in Was(-/-) mice. Antigen-induced T-cell proliferation, Th-1 and -17 cytokine production and integrin-dependent adhesion were increased in Was(-/-) mice. However, adoptive transfer of MOG-activated T cells from Was(-/-) mice in WT mice failed to induce EAE. Was(-/-) mice were resistant against EAE also when induced by adoptive transfer of MOG-activated T cells from WT mice. Was(+/-) heterozygous mice developed an intermediate clinical phenotype between WT and Was(-/-) mice, and they displayed a mixed population of WASP-positive and -negative T cells in the periphery but not in their CNS parenchyma, where the large majority of inflammatory cells expressed WASP. In conclusion, in absence of WASP, T-cell responses against a CNS autoantigen are increased, but the ability of autoreactive T cells to induce CNS autoimmunity is impaired, most probably because of an inefficient T-cell transmigration into the CNS and defective CNS resident microglial function.


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Autoimunidade/imunologia , Movimento Celular , Sistema Nervoso Central/imunologia , Encefalomielite Autoimune Experimental/imunologia , Encefalomielite Autoimune Experimental/patologia , Ativação Linfocitária/imunologia , Proteína da Síndrome de Wiskott-Aldrich/fisiologia , Animais , Western Blotting , Adesão Celular , Proliferação de Células , Células Cultivadas , Sistema Nervoso Central/metabolismo , Citocinas/metabolismo , Encefalomielite Autoimune Experimental/metabolismo , Feminino , Humanos , Técnicas Imunoenzimáticas , Integrinas/metabolismo , Masculino , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Camundongos Knockout , Microglia , Bainha de Mielina
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J Autoimmun ; 50: 42-50, 2014 May.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-24369837

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Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome protein (WASp) regulates the cytoskeleton in hematopoietic cells and mutations in its gene cause the Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome (WAS), a primary immunodeficiency with microthrombocytopenia, eczema and a higher susceptibility to develop tumors. Autoimmune manifestations, frequently observed in WAS patients, are associated with an increased risk of mortality and still represent an unsolved aspect of the disease. B cells play a crucial role both in immune competence and self-tolerance and defects in their development and function result in immunodeficiency and/or autoimmunity. We performed a phenotypical and molecular analysis of central and peripheral B-cell compartments in WAS pediatric patients. We found a decreased proportion of immature B cells in the bone marrow correlating with an increased presence of transitional B cells in the periphery. These results could be explained by the defective migratory response of WAS B cells to SDF-1α, essential for the retention of immature B cells in the BM. In the periphery, we observed an unusual expansion of CD21(low) B-cell population and increased plasma BAFF levels that may contribute to the high susceptibility to develop autoimmune manifestations in WAS patients. WAS memory B cells were characterized by a reduced in vivo proliferation, decreased somatic hypermutation and preferential usage of IGHV4-34, an immunoglobulin gene commonly found in autoreactive B cells. In conclusion, our findings demonstrate that WASp-deficiency perturbs B-cell homeostasis thus adding a new layer of immune dysregulation concurring to the increased susceptibility to develop autoimmunity in WAS patients.


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Autoimunidade , Linfócitos B/imunologia , Suscetibilidade a Doenças/imunologia , Proteína da Síndrome de Wiskott-Aldrich/deficiência , Síndrome de Wiskott-Aldrich/imunologia , Fator Ativador de Células B/sangue , Fator Ativador de Células B/genética , Fator Ativador de Células B/imunologia , Linfócitos B/patologia , Medula Óssea/imunologia , Medula Óssea/patologia , Diferenciação Celular , Movimento Celular , Quimiocina CXCL12/genética , Quimiocina CXCL12/imunologia , Expressão Gênica , Homeostase/imunologia , Humanos , Cadeias Pesadas de Imunoglobulinas/genética , Cadeias Pesadas de Imunoglobulinas/imunologia , Memória Imunológica , Receptores de Complemento 3d/genética , Receptores de Complemento 3d/imunologia , Síndrome de Wiskott-Aldrich/genética , Síndrome de Wiskott-Aldrich/patologia , Proteína da Síndrome de Wiskott-Aldrich/genética , Proteína da Síndrome de Wiskott-Aldrich/imunologia
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Eur J Immunol ; 44(4): 1039-45, 2014 Apr.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-24338698

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Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome (WAS) is a primary immunodeficiency caused by reduced or absent expression of the WAS protein (WASP). WAS patients are affected by microthrombocytopenia, recurrent infections, eczema, autoimmune diseases, and malignancies. Although immune deficiency has been proposed to play a role in tumor pathogenesis, there is little evidence on the correlation between immune cell defects and tumor susceptibility. Taking advantage of a tumor-prone model, we show that the lack of WASP induces early tumor onset because of defective immune surveillance. Consistently, the B16 melanoma model shows that tumor growth and the number of lung metastases are increased in the absence of WASP. We then investigated the in vivo contribution of Was(-/-) NK cells and DCs in controlling B16 melanoma development. We found fewer B16 metastases developed in the lungs of Was(-/-) mice that had received WT NK cells as compared with mice bearing Was(-/-) NK cells. Furthermore, we demonstrated that Was(-/-) DCs were less efficient in inducing NK-cell activation in vitro and in vivo. In summary, for the first time, we demonstrate in in vivo models that WASP deficiency affects resistance to tumor and causes impairment in the antitumor capacity of NK cells and DCs.


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Células Dendríticas/imunologia , Células Matadoras Naturais/imunologia , Melanoma Experimental/imunologia , Proteína da Síndrome de Wiskott-Aldrich/imunologia , Animais , Transplante de Medula Óssea , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Células Cultivadas , Inibidor p16 de Quinase Dependente de Ciclina/deficiência , Inibidor p16 de Quinase Dependente de Ciclina/genética , Inibidor p16 de Quinase Dependente de Ciclina/imunologia , Células Dendríticas/metabolismo , Citometria de Fluxo , Humanos , Interferon gama/imunologia , Interferon gama/metabolismo , Estimativa de Kaplan-Meier , Células Matadoras Naturais/metabolismo , Neoplasias Pulmonares/genética , Neoplasias Pulmonares/imunologia , Neoplasias Pulmonares/secundário , Ativação Linfocitária/genética , Ativação Linfocitária/imunologia , Melanoma Experimental/genética , Melanoma Experimental/patologia , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Camundongos Knockout , Carga Tumoral/genética , Carga Tumoral/imunologia , Proteína da Síndrome de Wiskott-Aldrich/deficiência , Proteína da Síndrome de Wiskott-Aldrich/genética
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Science ; 341(6148): 1233151, 2013 Aug 23.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-23845947

RESUMO

Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome (WAS) is an inherited immunodeficiency caused by mutations in the gene encoding WASP, a protein regulating the cytoskeleton. Hematopoietic stem/progenitor cell (HSPC) transplants can be curative, but, when matched donors are unavailable, infusion of autologous HSPCs modified ex vivo by gene therapy is an alternative approach. We used a lentiviral vector encoding functional WASP to genetically correct HSPCs from three WAS patients and reinfused the cells after a reduced-intensity conditioning regimen. All three patients showed stable engraftment of WASP-expressing cells and improvements in platelet counts, immune functions, and clinical scores. Vector integration analyses revealed highly polyclonal and multilineage haematopoiesis resulting from the gene-corrected HSPCs. Lentiviral gene therapy did not induce selection of integrations near oncogenes, and no aberrant clonal expansion was observed after 20 to 32 months. Although extended clinical observation is required to establish long-term safety, lentiviral gene therapy represents a promising treatment for WAS.


Assuntos
Terapia Genética/métodos , Transplante de Células-Tronco Hematopoéticas , Células-Tronco Hematopoéticas/metabolismo , Proteína da Síndrome de Wiskott-Aldrich/genética , Síndrome de Wiskott-Aldrich/terapia , Criança , Vetores Genéticos , Humanos , Lentivirus , Masculino , Transdução Genética , Integração Viral
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