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Haematologica ; 2018 Oct 11.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30309848


Hyper-IgE Syndromes comprise a group of inborn errors of immunity. STAT3-deficient hyper-IgE syndrome is characterized by elevated serum IgE levels, recurrent infections and eczema, and characteristic skeletal anomalies. A loss-of-function biallelic mutation in IL6ST encoding the GP130 receptor subunit (p.N404Y) has very recently been identified in a singleton patient (herein referred to as PN404Y) as a novel etiology of hyper-IgE syndrome. Here, we studied a patient with hyper-IgE syndrome caused by a novel homozygous mutation in IL6ST (p.P498L; patient herein referred to as PP498L) leading to abrogated GP130 signaling after stimulation with IL-6 and IL-27 in PBMCs as well as IL-6 and IL-11 in fibroblasts. Extending the initial identification of selective GP130 deficiency, we aimed to dissect the effects of aberrant cytokine signaling on T helper cell differentiation in both patients. Our results reveal the importance of IL-6 signaling for the development of CCR6-expressing memory CD4+ T cells (including T helper 17-enriched subsets) and non-conventional CD8+ T cells which were reduced in both patients. Downstream functional analysis of the GP130 mutants (p.N404Y and p.P498L) have shown differences in response to IL-27, with the p.P498L mutation having a more severe effect that is reflected by reduced T helper 1 cells in this patient (PP498L) only. Collectively, our data suggest that characteristic features of GP130-deficient hyper-IgE syndrome phenotype are IL-6 and IL-11 dominated, and indicate selective roles of aberrant IL-6 and IL-27 signaling on the differentiation of T cell subsets.

N Engl J Med ; 377(1): 52-61, 2017 07 06.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-28657829


BACKGROUND: Studies of monogenic gastrointestinal diseases have revealed molecular pathways critical to gut homeostasis and enabled the development of targeted therapies. METHODS: We studied 11 patients with abdominal pain and diarrhea caused by early-onset protein-losing enteropathy with primary intestinal lymphangiectasia, edema due to hypoproteinemia, malabsorption, and less frequently, bowel inflammation, recurrent infections, and angiopathic thromboembolic disease; the disorder followed an autosomal recessive pattern of inheritance. Whole-exome sequencing was performed to identify gene variants. We evaluated the function of CD55 in patients' cells, which we confirmed by means of exogenous induction of expression of CD55. RESULTS: We identified homozygous loss-of-function mutations in the gene encoding CD55 (decay-accelerating factor), which lead to loss of protein expression. Patients' T lymphocytes showed increased complement activation causing surface deposition of complement and the generation of soluble C5a. Costimulatory function and cytokine modulation by CD55 were defective. Genetic reconstitution of CD55 or treatment with a complement-inhibitory therapeutic antibody reversed abnormal complement activation. CONCLUSIONS: CD55 deficiency with hyperactivation of complement, angiopathic thrombosis, and protein-losing enteropathy (the CHAPLE syndrome) is caused by abnormal complement activation due to biallelic loss-of-function mutations in CD55. (Funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and others.).

Antígenos CD55/genética , Ativação do Complemento/genética , Proteínas do Sistema Complemento/metabolismo , Mutação , Enteropatias Perdedoras de Proteínas/genética , Trombose/genética , Antígenos CD55/sangue , Criança , Pré-Escolar , Ativação do Complemento/efeitos dos fármacos , Inativadores do Complemento/farmacologia , Feminino , Homozigoto , Humanos , Imunoglobulina A/sangue , Lactente , Intestino Delgado/patologia , Masculino , Linhagem , Enteropatias Perdedoras de Proteínas/complicações , Estatísticas não Paramétricas , Síndrome , Linfócitos T/metabolismo
Immunol Cell Biol ; 94(9): 830-837, 2016 10.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-27126628


Persistent polyclonal B lymphocytosis (PPBL) is a benign hematological disorder characterized by a selective expansion of circulating polyclonal marginal zone (MZ)-like B cells. Previous reports demonstrated that cases of PPBL showed poor activation, proliferation and survival of B cells in vitro, yet the underlying defect remains unknown. Here we report for the first time an attenuated activation of the canonical NF-κB (nuclear factor of kappa light polypeptide gene enhancer in B cells) and mitogen-activated protein kinase/extracellular signal-regulated kinase pathway after CD40 stimulation. This defect was selective, as alternative NF-κB signaling after CD40 stimulation and both B-cell receptor- and Toll-like receptor 9-mediated activation remained unaffected. Reduced canonical NF-κB activation resulted in decreased IκBα and CD40 expression in resting cells. In PPBL patients, expression of Bcl-xL in MZ-like B cells did not increase upon activation, consistent with the high apoptosis rates of PPBL-derived B cells that were observed in vitro. The B-cell phenotype of mice with selective knockouts of early components of the CD40 signaling pathway resembles PPBL, but sequencing corresponding genes in sorted MZ-like B cells of PPBL patients did not reveal relevant genetic alterations. Nevertheless, the frequently observed mutations in early signaling components of the NF-κB pathway in MZ lymphomas underline the relevance of our findings for the pathogenesis of PPBL.

Linfócitos B/imunologia , Linfocitose/imunologia , Transdução de Sinais/imunologia , Adulto , Antígenos CD40/metabolismo , Pré-Escolar , MAP Quinases Reguladas por Sinal Extracelular/metabolismo , Regulação da Expressão Gênica , Humanos , Ativação Linfocitária/imunologia , Linfocitose/genética , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Fenótipo , Fosforilação , RNA Mensageiro/genética , RNA Mensageiro/metabolismo , Receptores de Antígenos de Linfócitos B/metabolismo
N Engl J Med ; 372(25): 2409-22, 2015 Jun 18.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-26083206


Background Combined immunodeficiencies are marked by inborn errors of T-cell immunity in which the T cells that are present are quantitatively or functionally deficient. Impaired humoral immunity is also common. Patients have severe infections, autoimmunity, or both. The specific molecular, cellular, and clinical features of many types of combined immunodeficiencies remain unknown. Methods We performed genetic and cellular immunologic studies involving five unrelated children with early-onset invasive bacterial and viral infections, lymphopenia, and defective T-cell, B-cell, and natural killer (NK)-cell responses. Two patients died early in childhood; after allogeneic hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation, the other three had normalization of T-cell function and clinical improvement. Results We identified biallelic mutations in the dedicator of cytokinesis 2 gene (DOCK2) in these five patients. RAC1 activation was impaired in the T cells. Chemokine-induced migration and actin polymerization were defective in the T cells, B cells, and NK cells. NK-cell degranulation was also affected. Interferon-α and interferon-λ production by peripheral-blood mononuclear cells was diminished after viral infection. Moreover, in DOCK2-deficient fibroblasts, viral replication was increased and virus-induced cell death was enhanced; these conditions were normalized by treatment with interferon alfa-2b or after expression of wild-type DOCK2. Conclusions Autosomal recessive DOCK2 deficiency is a new mendelian disorder with pleiotropic defects of hematopoietic and nonhematopoietic immunity. Children with clinical features of combined immunodeficiencies, especially with early-onset, invasive infections, may have this condition. (Supported by the National Institutes of Health and others.).

Doenças Genéticas Inatas/genética , Fatores de Troca do Nucleotídeo Guanina/genética , Síndromes de Imunodeficiência/genética , Mutação , Linfócitos T/imunologia , Linfócitos B/imunologia , Linfócitos B/metabolismo , Pré-Escolar , Evolução Fatal , Feminino , Genes Recessivos , Doenças Genéticas Inatas/terapia , Fatores de Troca do Nucleotídeo Guanina/deficiência , Transplante de Células-Tronco Hematopoéticas , Humanos , Síndromes de Imunodeficiência/terapia , Lactente , Células Matadoras Naturais/imunologia , Masculino , Linhagem , Linfócitos T/metabolismo , Proteínas rac1 de Ligação ao GTP/metabolismo