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Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31325311

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OBJECTIVES: The number of innate immune system disorders classified as systemic autoinflammatory diseases (SAID) has increased in recent years. More than 70% of patients with clinical manifestations of SAID did not receive a molecular diagnosis, thus being classed as so-called undifferentiated or undefined SAID (uSAID). The aim of the present study was to evaluate a next-generation sequencing (NGS)-based clinically oriented protocol in patients with uSAID. METHODS: We designed a NGS panel that included 41 genes clustered in seven subpanels. Patients with uSAID were classified into different groups according to their clinical features and sequenced for the coding portions of the 41 genes. RESULTS: Fifty patients were enrolled in the study. Thirty-four patients (72%) displayed recurrent fevers not consistent with a PFAPA phenotype. Sixteen patients displayed a chronic inflammatory disease course. A total of 100 gene variants were found (mean 2 per patient; range 0-6), a quarter of which affected suspected genes. Mutations with a definitive diagnostic impact were detected in two patients. Patients with genetically negative recurrent fevers displayed a prevalent gastrointestinal, skin and articular involvement. Patients responded to steroids on demands (94%) and colchicine, with a response rate of 78%. CONCLUSION: Even with a low molecular diagnostic rate, a NGS-based approach is able to provide a final diagnosis in a proportion of uSAID patients with evident cost-effectiveness. It also allows the identification of a subgroup of genetically negative patients with recurrent fever responding to steroid on demand and colchicine.

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J Rheumatol ; 46(10): 1424, 2019 Oct.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31203230
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J Clin Immunol ; 39(5): 476-485, 2019 Jul.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31144250

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OBJECTIVES: Mutations affecting the TMEM173 gene cause STING-associated vasculopathy with onset in infancy (SAVI). No standard immunosuppressive treatment approach is able to control disease progression in patients with SAVI. We studied the efficacy and safety of targeting type I IFN signaling with the Janus kinase inhibitor, ruxolitinib. METHODS: We used DNA sequencing to identify mutations in TMEM173 in patients with peripheral blood type I IFN signature. The JAK1/2 inhibitor ruxolitinib was administered on an off-label basis. RESULTS: We identified three patients with SAVI presenting with skin involvement and progressive severe interstitial lung disease. Indirect echocardiographic signs of pulmonary hypertension were present in one case. Following treatment with ruxolitinib, we observed improvements of respiratory function including increased forced vital capacity in two patients, with discontinuation of oxygen therapy and resolution of echocardiographic abnormalities in one case. Efficacy was persistent in one patient and only transitory in the other two patients. Clinical control of skin complications was obtained, and one patient discontinued steroid treatment. One patient, who presented with kidney involvement, showed resolution of hematuria. One patient experienced increased recurrence of severe viral respiratory infections. Monitoring of peripheral blood type I interferon signature during ruxolitinib treatment did not show a stable decrease. CONCLUSIONS: We conclude that targeting type I IFN receptor signaling may represent a promising therapeutic option for a subset of patients with SAVI syndrome and severe lung involvement. However, the occurrence of viral respiratory infection might represent an important cautionary note for the application of such form of treatment.

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J Rheumatol ; 46(4): 416-421, 2019 Apr.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30647180

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OBJECTIVE: To seek predictors of therapeutic response to the interleukin (IL)-1 inhibitor anakinra in children with systemic-onset juvenile idiopathic arthritis (sJIA). METHODS: The clinical charts of all patients with sJIA who were newly treated with anakinra at our center between 2004 and 2017 were reviewed retrospectively. Predictors included baseline demographic, clinical, and laboratory variables as well as previous or concomitant therapies. The effectiveness of anakinra was assessed at 1 year after treatment start. Complete clinical response (CCR) was defined as absence of fever, physician's global assessment ≤ 1, count of active joints ≤ 1, negative C-reactive protein, and ≥ 75% reduction of corticosteroid dose. According to the intention-to-treat principle, patients who had anakinra discontinued before 1 year for any reasons other than disease remission were classified as nonresponders. Statistics included univariate and multivariable analyses. RESULTS: Of the 62 patients included in the study, 24 (39%) met the criteria for CCR at 1 year, whereas 38 (61%) did not. On multivariable analysis, independent correlations with achievement of CCR were identified for shorter disease duration, lower active joint count, higher ferritin level, and greater activity of systemic manifestations. The area under the curve of the model was 0.83. CONCLUSION: Our findings help to delineate the clinical profile of patients with sJIA who are more likely to benefit from IL-1 blockade. They also underscore the need for studies aimed at examining the therapeutic role of early IL-1 inhibition and to identify biomarkers predicting response to either IL-1 or IL-6 antagonists.

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Blood ; 132(22): 2362-2374, 2018 Nov 29.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30254128

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ARPC1B is a key factor for the assembly and maintenance of the ARP2/3 complex that is involved in actin branching from an existing filament. Germline biallelic mutations in ARPC1B have been recently described in 6 patients with clinical features of combined immunodeficiency (CID), whose neutrophils and platelets but not T lymphocytes were studied. We hypothesized that ARPC1B deficiency may also lead to cytoskeleton and functional defects in T cells. We have identified biallelic mutations in ARPC1B in 6 unrelated patients with early onset disease characterized by severe infections, autoimmune manifestations, and thrombocytopenia. Immunological features included T-cell lymphopenia, low numbers of naïve T cells, and hyper-immunoglobulin E. Alteration in ARPC1B protein structure led to absent/low expression by flow cytometry and confocal microscopy. This molecular defect was associated with the inability of patient-derived T cells to extend an actin-rich lamellipodia upon T-cell receptor (TCR) stimulation and to assemble an immunological synapse. ARPC1B-deficient T cells additionally displayed impaired TCR-mediated proliferation and SDF1-α-directed migration. Gene transfer of ARPC1B in patients' T cells using a lentiviral vector restored both ARPC1B expression and T-cell proliferation in vitro. In 2 of the patients, in vivo somatic reversion restored ARPC1B expression in a fraction of lymphocytes and was associated with a skewed TCR repertoire. In 1 revertant patient, memory CD8+ T cells expressing normal levels of ARPC1B displayed improved T-cell migration. Inherited ARPC1B deficiency therefore alters T-cell cytoskeletal dynamics and functions, contributing to the clinical features of CID.

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Pediatr Rheumatol Online J ; 16(1): 60, 2018 Sep 21.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30241480

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BACKGROUND: Diagnosis of Periodic Fever, Aphthous stomatitis, Pharyngitis and Cervical Adenitis (PFAPA) syndrome is currently based on the modified Marshall's criteria, but no validated evidence based classification criteria for PFAPA has been established so far. METHODS: A multistep process, based on the Delphi and Nominal Group Technique was conducted. After 2 rounds of e-mail Delphi survey involving 21 experts in autoinflammation we obtained a list of variables that were discussed in an International Consensus Conference. Variables reaching the 80% of consensus between participants were included in the new classification criteria. In the second phase the new classification criteria and the modified Marshall's criteria were applied on a cohort of 80 pediatric PFAPA patients to compare their performance. RESULTS: The Delphi Survey was sent to 22 participants, 21 accepted to participate. Thirty variables were obtained from the survey and have been discussed at the Consensus Conference. Through the Nominal Group Technique we obtained a new set of classification criteria. These criteria were more restrictive in respect to the modified Marshall's criteria when applied on our cohort of patients. CONCLUSION: Our work led us to identify a new set of classification criteria for PFAPA syndrome, but they resulted to be too restrictive to be applied in daily clinical practice for the diagnosis of PFAPA.


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Doenças Hereditárias Autoinflamatórias/diagnóstico , Consenso , Técnica Delfos , Diagnóstico Diferencial , Febre/complicações , Doenças Hereditárias Autoinflamatórias/classificação , Humanos , Linfadenite/complicações , Faringite/complicações , Estomatite Aftosa/complicações , Síndrome
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Clin Immunol ; 187: 33-36, 2018 Feb.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29030294

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Mutations of the COPA gene cause an immune dysregulatory disease characterised by polyarticular arthritis and progressive interstitial lung disease with pulmonary haemorrhages. We report the case of a young girl that presented at age 3 with polyarticular arthritis, chronic cough and high titer rheumatoid factor. Radiologic imaging showed interstitial lung disease with tree-in-a-bud nodules and air-filled cysts. Targeted genetic analysis of COPA gene showed the reported c.698G>A mutation. The patient was lost to follow up for 3years during which therapy was discontinued with the development of joint damage and deformities. Analysis of peripheral blood showed activation of type 1 interferon pathway, which was also confirmed in 4 previously reported COPA patients. Our observations underline the importance of early treatment in COPA disease to avoid loss of joint function. Furthermore, our results suggest a role for type 1 interferon in disease pathogenesis opening the possibility for targeted therapeutic approaches.

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Nat Commun ; 8(1): 2176, 2017 12 19.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29259162

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Microbial nucleic acid recognition serves as the major stimulus to an antiviral response, implying a requirement to limit the misrepresentation of self nucleic acids as non-self and the induction of autoinflammation. By systematic screening using a panel of interferon-stimulated genes we identify two siblings and a singleton variably demonstrating severe neonatal anemia, membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis, liver fibrosis, deforming arthropathy and increased anti-DNA antibodies. In both families we identify biallelic mutations in DNASE2, associated with a loss of DNase II endonuclease activity. We record increased interferon alpha protein levels using digital ELISA, enhanced interferon signaling by RNA-Seq analysis and constitutive upregulation of phosphorylated STAT1 and STAT3 in patient lymphocytes and monocytes. A hematological disease transcriptomic signature and increased numbers of erythroblasts are recorded in patient peripheral blood, suggesting that interferon might have a particular effect on hematopoiesis. These data define a type I interferonopathy due to DNase II deficiency in humans.


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Desoxirribonucleases/deficiência , Endodesoxirribonucleases/deficiência , Doenças Hereditárias Autoinflamatórias/enzimologia , Interferon-alfa/imunologia , Transdução de Sinais/imunologia , Adolescente , Antivirais/farmacologia , Criança , Desoxirribonucleases/genética , Desoxirribonucleases/imunologia , Endodesoxirribonucleases/genética , Endodesoxirribonucleases/imunologia , Eritroblastos/imunologia , Feminino , Perfilação da Expressão Gênica , Hematopoese/imunologia , Doenças Hereditárias Autoinflamatórias/sangue , Doenças Hereditárias Autoinflamatórias/genética , Doenças Hereditárias Autoinflamatórias/imunologia , Humanos , Interferon-alfa/sangue , Interferon-alfa/metabolismo , Masculino , Mutação , Fosforilação , RNA Mensageiro/análise , Fator de Transcrição STAT1/metabolismo , Fator de Transcrição STAT3/metabolismo , Análise de Sequência de RNA , Regulação para Cima/efeitos dos fármacos
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Orphanet J Rare Dis ; 12(1): 167, 2017 10 18.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29047407

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BACKGROUND: Hereditary recurrent fevers (HRF) are a group of rare monogenic diseases leading to recurrent inflammatory flares. A large number of variants has been described for the four genes associated with the best known HRF, namely MEFV, NLRP3, MVK, TNFRSF1A. The Infevers database ( http://fmf.igh.cnrs.fr/ISSAID/infevers ) is a large international registry collecting variants reported in these genes. However, no genotype-phenotype associations are provided, but only the clinical phenotype of the first patient(s) described for each mutation. The aim of this study is to develop a registry of genotype-phenotype associations observed in patients with HRF, enrolled and validated in the Eurofever registry. RESULTS: Genotype-phenotype associations observed in all the patients with HRF enrolled in the Eurofever registry were retrospectively analyzed. For autosomal dominant diseases (CAPS and TRAPS), all mutations were individually analyzed. For autosomal recessive diseases (FMF and MKD), homozygous and heterozygous combinations were described. Mean age of onset, disease course (recurrent or chronic), mean duration of fever episodes, clinical manifestations associated with fever episodes, atypical manifestations, complications and response to treatment were also studied. Data observed in 751 patients (346 FMF, 133 CAPS, 114 MKD, 158 TRAPS) included in the Eurofever registry and validated by experts were summarized in Tables. A total of 149 variants were described: 46 TNFRSF1A and 27 NLRP3 variants, as well as various combinations of 48 MVK and 28 MEFV variants were available. CONCLUSIONS: We provide a potentially useful tool for physicians dealing with HRF, namely a registry of genotype-phenotype associations for patients enrolled in the Eurofever registry. This tool is complementary to the Infevers database and will be available at the Eurofever and Infevers websites.


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Estudos de Associação Genética , Doenças Hereditárias Autoinflamatórias/epidemiologia , Doenças Hereditárias Autoinflamatórias/genética , Sistema de Registros , Bases de Dados Genéticas , Europa (Continente)/epidemiologia , Humanos , Estudos Retrospectivos
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J Rheumatol ; 44(11): 1667-1673, 2017 Nov.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-28916543

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OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the rate of somatic NLRP3 mosaicism in an Italian cohort of mutation-negative patients with cryopyrin-associated periodic syndrome (CAPS). METHODS: The study enrolled 14 patients with a clinical phenotype consistent with CAPS in whom Sanger sequencing of the NLRP3 gene yielded negative results. Patients' DNA were subjected to amplicon-based NLRP3 deep sequencing. RESULTS: Low-level somatic NLRP3 mosaicism has been detected in 4 patients, 3 affected with chronic infantile neurological cutaneous and articular syndrome and 1 with Muckle-Wells syndrome. Identified nucleotide substitutions encode for 4 different amino acid exchanges, with 2 of them being novel (p.Y563C and p.G564S). In vitro functional studies confirmed the deleterious behavior of the 4 somatic NLRP3 mutations. Among the different neurological manifestations detected, 1 patient displayed mild loss of white matter volume on brain magnetic resonance imaging. CONCLUSION: The allele frequency of somatic NLRP3 mutations occurs generally under 15%, considered the threshold of detectability using the Sanger method of DNA sequencing. Consequently, routine genetic diagnostic of CAPS should be currently performed by next-generation techniques ensuring high coverage to identify also low-level mosaicism, whose actual frequency is yet unknown and probably underestimated.


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Encéfalo/diagnóstico por imagem , Síndromes Periódicas Associadas à Criopirina/genética , Mosaicismo , Proteína 3 que Contém Domínio de Pirina da Família NLR/genética , Criança , Pré-Escolar , Síndromes Periódicas Associadas à Criopirina/diagnóstico por imagem , Feminino , Sequenciamento de Nucleotídeos em Larga Escala , Humanos , Lactente , Recém-Nascido , Itália , Imagem por Ressonância Magnética , Masculino , Substância Branca/diagnóstico por imagem
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Ann Rheum Dis ; 76(10): 1648-1656, 2017 Oct.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-28522451

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OBJECTIVES: To analyse the prevalence of CECR1 mutations in patients diagnosed with early onset livedo reticularis and/or haemorrhagic/ischaemic strokes in the context of inflammation or polyarteritis nodosa (PAN). Forty-eight patients from 43 families were included in the study. METHODS: Direct sequencing of CECR1 was performed by Sanger analysis. Adenosine deaminase 2 (ADA2) enzymatic activity was analysed in monocyte isolated from patients and healthy controls incubated with adenosine and with or without an ADA1 inhibitor. RESULTS: Biallelic homozygous or compound heterozygous CECR1 mutations were detected in 15/48 patients. A heterozygous disease-associated mutation (p.G47V) was observed in two affected brothers. The mean age of onset of the genetically positive patients was 24 months (6 months to 7 years). Ten patients displayed one or more cerebral strokes during their disease course. Low immunoglobulin levels were detected in six patients. Thalidomide and anti-TNF (tumour necrosis factor) blockers were the most effective drugs. Patients without CECR1 mutations had a later age at disease onset, a lower prevalence of neurological and skin manifestations; one of these patients displayed all the clinical features of adenosine deaminase 2deficiency (DADA2) and a defective enzymatic activity suggesting the presence of a missed mutation or a synthesis defect. CONCLUSIONS: DADA2 accounts for paediatric patients diagnosed with PAN-like disease and strokes and might explain an unrecognised condition in patients followed by adult rheumatologist. Timely diagnosis and treatment with anti-TNF agents are crucial for the prevention of severe complications of the disease. Functional assay to measure ADA2 activity should complement genetic testing in patients with non-confirming genotypes.


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Adenosina Desaminase/deficiência , Adenosina Desaminase/genética , Peptídeos e Proteínas de Sinalização Intercelular/deficiência , Peptídeos e Proteínas de Sinalização Intercelular/genética , Livedo Reticular/genética , Poliarterite Nodosa/genética , Acidente Vascular Cerebral/genética , Adolescente , Idade de Início , Estudos de Casos e Controles , Criança , Pré-Escolar , Análise Mutacional de DNA , Feminino , Heterozigoto , Homozigoto , Humanos , Imunoglobulinas/sangue , Imunossupressores/uso terapêutico , Lactente , Itália , Livedo Reticular/tratamento farmacológico , Livedo Reticular/enzimologia , Masculino , Linhagem , Poliarterite Nodosa/tratamento farmacológico , Poliarterite Nodosa/enzimologia , Acidente Vascular Cerebral/enzimologia , Talidomida/uso terapêutico , Fator de Necrose Tumoral alfa/antagonistas & inibidores , Adulto Jovem
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Clin Exp Rheumatol ; 35(3): 516-517, 2017 May-Jun.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-28339360

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OBJECTIVES: In 1966, Goldbloom et al. described two children who developed a peculiar clinical picture characterized by intermittent daily bone pain in the lower limbs, fever spikes, increased acute phase reactants and dysproteinaemia. The syndrome occurred two weeks after a group A ß-haemolytic streptococcus infection. So far, only a few cases have been reported in the medical literature in English. METHODS: We report two further cases of Goldbloom's syndrome with a review of the literature in English. RESULTS: Our two patients lived in the same Italian region and presented their syndrome onset a week apart. Early use of STIR MRI revealed an atypical metaphyseal hyperintensity in the femurs and tibias. X-ray showed periosteal hyperostosis. A short cycle of corticosteroids led to rapid recovery of symptoms and disappearance of bone changes. CONCLUSIONS: The reported cases highlight a likely under-recognised post-streptococcal inflammatory periosteal reaction and emphasise the diagnostic utility of the newer imaging modalities.


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Fêmur/diagnóstico por imagem , Hipergamaglobulinemia/sangue , Hipoalbuminemia/sangue , Imagem por Ressonância Magnética , Periostite/diagnóstico por imagem , Infecções Estreptocócicas/complicações , Tíbia/diagnóstico por imagem , Corticosteroides/uso terapêutico , Biomarcadores/sangue , Criança , Diagnóstico Precoce , Feminino , Fêmur/microbiologia , Humanos , Hipergamaglobulinemia/diagnóstico , Hipergamaglobulinemia/tratamento farmacológico , Hipergamaglobulinemia/microbiologia , Hipoalbuminemia/diagnóstico , Hipoalbuminemia/tratamento farmacológico , Hipoalbuminemia/microbiologia , Periostite/tratamento farmacológico , Periostite/microbiologia , Valor Preditivo dos Testes , Prednisona/uso terapêutico , Infecções Estreptocócicas/diagnóstico , Infecções Estreptocócicas/microbiologia , Síndrome , Tíbia/microbiologia , Resultado do Tratamento
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Ann Rheum Dis ; 76(1): 303-309, 2017 Jan.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-27474763

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OBJECTIVE: To explore whether gene expression profiling can identify a molecular mechanism for the clinical benefit of canakinumab treatment in patents with tumour necrosis factor receptor-associated periodic syndrome (TRAPS). METHODS: Blood samples were collected from 20 patients with active TRAPS who received canakinumab 150 mg every 4 weeks for 4 months in an open-label proof-of-concept phase II study, and from 20 aged-matched healthy volunteers. Gene expression levels were evaluated in whole blood samples by microarray analysis for arrays passing quality control checks. RESULTS: Patients with TRAPS exhibited a gene expression signature in blood that differed from that in healthy volunteers. Upon treatment with canakinumab, many genes relevant to disease pathogenesis moved towards levels seen in the healthy volunteers. Canakinumab downregulated the TRAPS-causing gene (TNF super family receptor 1A (TNFRSF1A)), the drug-target gene (interleukin (IL)-1B) and other inflammation-related genes (eg, MAPK14). In addition, several inflammation-related pathways were evident among the differentially expressed genes. Canakinumab treatment reduced neutrophil counts, but the observed expression differences remained after correction for this. CONCLUSIONS: These gene expression data support a model in which canakinumab produces clinical benefit in TRAPS by increasing neutrophil apoptosis and reducing pro-inflammatory signals resulting from the inhibition of IL-1ß. Notably, treatment normalised the overexpression of TNFRSF1A, suggesting that canakinumab has a direct impact on the main pathogenic mechanism in TRAPS. TRIAL REGISTRATION NUMBER: NCT01242813.


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Anticorpos Monoclonais/farmacologia , Febre Familiar do Mediterrâneo/genética , Regulação da Expressão Gênica/efeitos dos fármacos , Receptores do Fator de Necrose Tumoral/genética , Adolescente , Adulto , Idoso , Anticorpos Monoclonais/administração & dosagem , Anticorpos Monoclonais/uso terapêutico , Criança , Esquema de Medicação , Febre Familiar do Mediterrâneo/tratamento farmacológico , Febre Familiar do Mediterrâneo/metabolismo , Feminino , Perfilação da Expressão Gênica/métodos , Predisposição Genética para Doença , Humanos , Interleucina-1beta/antagonistas & inibidores , Contagem de Leucócitos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Neutrófilos/efeitos dos fármacos , Receptores do Fator de Necrose Tumoral/biossíntese , Adulto Jovem
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Front Immunol ; 8: 2015, 2017.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29434583

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Primary immunodeficiencies with selective susceptibility to EBV infection are rare conditions associated with severe lymphoproliferation. We followed a patient, son of consanguineous parents, referred to our center for recurrent periodic episodes of fever associated with tonsillitis and adenitis started after an infectious mononucleosis and responsive to oral steroid. An initial diagnosis of periodic fever, aphthous stomatitis, pharyngitis, cervical adenitis syndrome was done. In the following months, recurrent respiratory infections and episodes of keratitis were also observed, together with a progressive reduction of immunoglobulin levels and an increase of CD20+ cells. Cell sorting and EBV PCR showed 25,000 copies for 100,000 leukocytes with predominant infection of B lymphocytes. Lymph node's biopsy revealed reactive lymphadenopathy with paracortical involvement consistent with a chronic EBV infection. Molecular analysis of XIAP, SHA2D1A, ITK, and CD27 genes did not detect any pathogenic mutation. The patients underwent repeated courses of anti-CD20 therapy with only a partial control of the disease, followed by stem cell transplantation with a complete normalization of clinical and immunological features. Whole exome sequencing of the trio was performed. Among the variants identified, a novel loss of function homozygous c.163-2A>G mutation of the CD70 gene, affecting the exon 2 AG-acceptor splice site, fit the expected recessive model of inheritance. Indeed, deficiency of both CD27, and, more recently, of its ligand CD70, has been reported as a cause of EBV-driven lymphoproliferation and hypogammaglobulinemia. Cell surface analysis of patient-derived PHA-T cell blasts and EBV-transformed lymphoblastoid cell lines confirmed absence of CD70 expression. In conclusion, we describe a case of severe chronic EBV infection caused by a novel mutation of CD70 presenting with recurrent periodic fever.

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