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J Med Genet ; 2019 Nov 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31704777

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Background. The phenotypes of patients with the recently discovered, dominant, ETV6-linked leukaemia predisposition and familial thrombocytopenia syndrome are variable, and the exact mechanism of leukaemogenesis remains unclear. Patients and Methods. Here, we present novel clinical and laboratory phenotypes of seven individuals from three families with ETV6 germline mutations and a refined genetic analysis of one child with additional high-hyperdiploid acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (HD-ALL), aiming to elucidate second oncogenic hits. Results. Four individuals from two pedigrees harboured one novel or one previously described variant in the central domain of ETV6 (c.592C>T, p.Gln198* or c.641C>T, p.Pro241Leu, respectively). Neutropenia was an accompanying feature in one of these families that also harboured a variant in RUNX1 (c.1098_1103dup, p.Ile366_Gly367dup), while in the other, an autism-spectrum disorder was observed. In the third family, the index patient suffered from HD-ALL and life-threatening pulmonary mucor mycosis, and had a positive family history of 'immune' thrombocytopenia. Genetic analyses revealed a novel heterozygous mutation in the ETS domain of ETV6 (c.1136T>C, p.Leu379Pro) along with absence of heterozygosity of chromosome (10)(q21.2q21.3), yielding a biallelic leukaemia risk allele in ARID5B (rs7090445-C). The neutrophil function was normal in all individuals tested, and the platelet immune histochemistry of all three pedigrees showed delta-storage-pool defect-like features and cytoskeletal defects. Conclusions. Our clinical observations and results of high-resolution genetic analyses extend the spectrum of possible phenotypes cosegregating with ETV6 germline mutations. Further, we propose ARID5B as potential leukaemogenic cofactor in patients with ETV6-linked leukaemia predisposition and familial thrombocytopenia syndrome.

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Hum Mutat ; 40(5): 649-655, 2019 05.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30740824

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Constitutional mismatch repair deficiency (CMMRD) is caused by germline pathogenic variants in both alleles of a mismatch repair gene. Patients have an exceptionally high risk of numerous pediatric malignancies and benefit from surveillance and adjusted treatment. The diversity of its manifestation, and ambiguous genotyping results, particularly from PMS2, can complicate diagnosis and preclude timely patient management. Assessment of low-level microsatellite instability in nonneoplastic tissues can detect CMMRD, but current techniques are laborious or of limited sensitivity. Here, we present a simple, scalable CMMRD diagnostic assay. It uses sequencing and molecular barcodes to detect low-frequency microsatellite variants in peripheral blood leukocytes and classifies samples using variant frequencies. We tested 30 samples from 26 genetically-confirmed CMMRD patients, and samples from 94 controls and 40 Lynch syndrome patients. All samples were correctly classified, except one from a CMMRD patient recovering from aplasia. However, additional samples from this same patient tested positive for CMMRD. The assay also confirmed CMMRD in six suspected patients. The assay is suitable for both rapid CMMRD diagnosis within clinical decision windows and scalable screening of at-risk populations. Its deployment will improve patient care, and better define the prevalence and phenotype of this likely underreported cancer syndrome.

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J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract ; 7(6): 1763-1770, 2019.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30776527

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Patient registries are instrumental for clinical research in rare diseases. They help to achieve a sufficient sample size for epidemiological and clinical research and to assess the feasibility of clinical trials. The European Society for Immunodeficiencies (ESID) registry currently comprises information on more than 25,000 patients with inborn errors of immunity (IEI). The prerequisite of a patient to be included into the ESID registry is an IEI either defined by a defect in a gene included in the disease classification of the international union of immunological societies, or verified by applying clinical criteria. Because a relevant number of patients, including those with common variable immunodeficiency (CVID), representing the largest group of patients in the registry, remain without a genetic diagnosis, consensus on classification of these patients is mandatory. Here, we present clinical criteria for a large number of IEI that were designed in expert panels with an external review. They were implemented for novel entries and verification of existing data sets from 2014, yielding a substantial refinement. For instance, 8% of adults and 27% of children with CVID (176 of 1704 patients) were reclassified to 22 different immunodeficiencies, illustrating progress in genetics, but also the previous lack of standardized disease definitions. Importantly, apart from registry purposes, the clinical criteria are also helpful to support treatment decisions in the absence of a genetic diagnosis or in patients with variants of unknown significance.

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Front Immunol ; 9: 2554, 2018.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30450104

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Early diagnosis of primary immunodeficiency disorders (PID) is vital and allows directed treatment, especially in syndromes with severe or profound combined immunodeficiency. In PID patients with perinatal CMV or other opportunistic, invasive infections (e.g., Pneumocystis or Aspergillus), multi-organ morbidity may already arise within the first months of life, before hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) or gene therapy can be undertaken, compromising the definitive treatment and outcome. Deficiency of Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome (WAS) protein-interacting protein (WIP deficiency) causes an autosomal recessive, WAS-like syndrome with early-onset combined immunodeficiency that has been described in three pedigrees to date. While WAS typically includes combined immunodeficiency, microthrombocytopenia, and eczema, the clinical and laboratory phenotypes of WIP-deficient patients-including lymphocyte subsets, platelets, lymphocyte proliferation in vitro, and IgE-varied widely and did not entirely recapitulate WAS, impeding early diagnosis in the reported patients. To elucidate the phenotype of WIP deficiency, we provide a comprehensive synopsis of clinical and laboratory features of all hitherto-described patients (n = 6) and WIP negative mice. Furthermore, we summarize the treatment modalities and outcomes of these patients and review in detail the course of one of them who was successfully treated with serial, unconditioned, maternal, HLA-identical donor lymphocyte infusions (DLI) against life-threatening, invasive CMV infection, followed by a TCRαß/CD19-depleted, treosulfan/melphalan-conditioned, peripheral blood HSCT and repetitive, secondary-prophylactic, CMV-specific DLI with 1-year post-HSCT follow-up. This strategy could be useful in other patients with substantial premorbidity, considered "too bad to transplant," who have an HLA-identical family donor, to eliminate infections and bridge until definitive treatment.

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Curr Opin Pediatr ; 30(6): 855-863, 2018 Dec.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30124581

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PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The risk of cancer is higher, and its outcome is worse in patients with primary immunodeficiency (PID) than in members of the general population. Thus, the inter-relationship of malignant diseases with PIDs requires more study. RECENT FINDINGS: Large genetic screens identified a vast number of germline mutations in childhood cancer patient samples. Although TP53 was the most frequent single gene identified as mutated, many PID disorders like DNA repair defects are among the inborn causes of childhood cancer. We provide a comprehensive analysis of compiled data from seven recent studies that focused on germline genetic landscapes and preexisting conditions in pediatric oncology. As potentially causal germline variants were identified in ≈8% of malignancies in children and adolescents, we visualized this proportion as the 'tips of the icebergs'. The results of additional network analyses showed the shared patterns of germline mutations in various malignancies and yielded a spatial distribution of the 'icebergs'. SUMMARY: The 'iceberg map of germline mutations in childhood cancers' was created to increase the awareness of the inborn genetic underpinnings of childhood malignancies and their relationships with immunodeficiencies. Needs and perspectives of clinical immunologists and pediatric oncologists to both improve patient care and guide research at this critical interface are discussed. VIDEO ABSTRACT.

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Front Immunol ; 9: 1506, 2018.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30013564

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Immunoglobulin class-switch recombination (CSR) and somatic hypermutations (SHMs) are prerequisites for antibody and immunoglobulin receptor maturation and adaptive immune diversity. The mismatch repair (MMR) machinery, consisting of homologs of MutSα, MutLα, and MutSß (MSH2/MSH6, MLH1/PMS2, and MSH2/MSH3, respectively) and other proteins, is involved in CSR, primarily acting as a backup for nonhomologous end-joining repair of activation-induced cytidine deaminase-induced DNA mismatches and, furthermore, in addition to error-prone polymerases, in the repair of SHM-induced DNA breaks. A varying degree of antibody formation defect, from IgA or selective IgG subclass deficiency to common variable immunodeficiency and hyper-IgM syndrome, has been detected in a small number of patients with constitutional mismatch repair deficiency (CMMRD) due to biallelic loss-of-function mutations in one of the MMR genes (PMS2, MSH6, MLH1, or MSH2). To elucidate the clinical relevance of a presumed primary immunodeficiency (PID) in CMMRD, we systematically collected clinical history and laboratory data of a cohort of 15 consecutive, unrelated patients (10 not previously reported) with homozygous/compound heterozygous mutations in PMS2 (n = 8), MSH6 (n = 5), and MLH1 (n = 2), most of whom manifested with typical malignancies during childhood. Detailed descriptions of their genotypes, phenotypes, and family histories are provided. Importantly, none of the patients showed any clinical warning signs of PID (infections, immune dysregulation, inflammation, failure to thrive, etc.). Furthermore, we could not detect uniform or specific patterns of laboratory abnormalities. The concentration of IgM was increased in 3 out of 12, reduced in 3 out of 12, and normal in 6 out of 12 patients, while concentrations of IgG and IgG subclasses, except IgG4, and of IgA, and specific antibody formation were normal in most. Class-switched B memory cells were reduced in 5 out of 12 patients, and in 9 out of 12 also the CD38hiIgM- plasmablasts were reduced. Furthermore, results of next generation sequencing-based analyses of antigen-selected B-cell receptor rearrangements showed a significantly reduced frequency of SHM and an increased number of rearranged immunoglobulin heavy chain (IGH) transcripts that use IGHG3, IGHG1, and IGHA1 subclasses. T cell subsets and receptor repertoires were unaffected. Together, neither clinical nor routine immunological laboratory parameters were consistently suggestive of PID in these CMMRD patients, but previously shown abnormalities in SHM and rearranged heavy chain transcripts were confirmed.

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Ann Hematol ; 97(6): 989-998, 2018 Jun.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29411124

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Haemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) is a possibly life-threatening syndrome of immune dysregulation and can be divided into primary (hereditary) and secondary forms (including malignancy-associated HLH (M-HLH)). We retrospectively analysed epidemiological, clinical, virological and laboratory data from patients with M-HLH treated at our department between 1995 and 2014. Out of 1.706 haemato-/oncologic patients treated at our department between 1995 and 2014, we identified 22 (1.29%) patients with secondary HLH (1.3-18.0, median 10.1 years; malignancy induced n = 2; chemotherapy induced n = 20). Patients with acute myeloblastic leukaemia (AML) developed HLH significantly more often than patients with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) (10/55, 18.2% vs. 6/148, 4.1%, p = 0.0021). As possible viral triggers, we detected BKV (53.8% of the tested patients), HHV-6 (33.3%), EBV (27.8%), CMV (23.5%), ADV (16.7%) and PVB19 (16.7%) significantly more frequently than in haemato-/oncologic patients without HLH. Despite lacking evidence of concurrent bacterial infection, C-reactive protein (CRP) and procalcitotnin (PCT) were elevated in 94.7 and 77.7% of the patients, respectively. Ferritin and sIL2R were markedly elevated in all patients. HLH-associated mortality significantly (p = 0.0276) decreased from 66.6% (1995-2004) to 6.25% (2005-2014), suggesting improved diagnostic and therapeutic management. Awareness of HLH is important, and fever refractory to antibiotics should prompt to consider this diagnosis. Elevated ferritin and sIL2R seem to be good markers, while inflammatory markers like CRP and PCT are not useful to discriminate viral triggered HLH from severe bacterial infection. Re-/activation of several viruses may play a role as possible trigger.


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Antineoplásicos/efeitos adversos , Leucemia Mieloide Aguda/fisiopatologia , Linfo-Histiocitose Hemofagocítica/induzido quimicamente , Linfo-Histiocitose Hemofagocítica/etiologia , Leucemia-Linfoma Linfoblástico de Células Precursoras/fisiopatologia , Infecções Tumorais por Vírus/fisiopatologia , Adenoviridae/isolamento & purificação , Adolescente , Antineoplásicos/uso terapêutico , Áustria/epidemiologia , Vírus BK/isolamento & purificação , Criança , Estudos de Coortes , Citomegalovirus/isolamento & purificação , Infecções por Vírus de DNA/fisiopatologia , Infecções por Vírus de DNA/virologia , Feminino , Herpesvirus Humano 4/isolamento & purificação , Herpesvirus Humano 6/isolamento & purificação , Hospitais de Ensino , Humanos , Incidência , Leucemia Mieloide Aguda/tratamento farmacológico , Linfo-Histiocitose Hemofagocítica/epidemiologia , Linfo-Histiocitose Hemofagocítica/virologia , Masculino , Parvovirus B19 Humano/isolamento & purificação , Leucemia-Linfoma Linfoblástico de Células Precursoras/tratamento farmacológico , Estudos Retrospectivos , Infecções Tumorais por Vírus/virologia
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J Allergy Clin Immunol ; 141(1): 59-68.e4, 2018 Jan.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-28669558

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Malignancies occur with a higher incidence rate and manifest earlier in life in patients with primary immunodeficiency disorders (PIDs) than in the general population. However, no universal mechanism of malignancy predisposition in patients with PIDs has been determined. Despite strong support for the physiologic role of tumor immunosurveillance and the increasing success of strategies in immunologic tumor therapy, which include checkpoint inhibition, mAbs, and engineered T-cell antigen receptors, the incidence and pattern of malignancies in patients with PIDs do not reflect an increased tumor immune escape per se. In contrast, malignancies appear to be restricted to either (1) tissue types bearing the same molecular defect that underlies the PID, such as syndromes of DNA repair deficiency or immune cell-specific maturation or functional defects that suggest a cell-intrinsic oncogenic basis, or (2) other tissues when they are infected by transforming viruses or chronically inflamed, pointing toward extrinsic causes for transformation that are potentially facilitated by but not predominantly caused by a lack of immunosurveillance. Based on recent studies of pre-existing conditions in patients with malignancies and on malignancies in large PID cohorts, we conclude that a large part of tumor predisposition in patients with PIDs is derived from the same molecular defect as the immunodeficiency itself. The presented concept elucidates diverse pathomechanisms and risks of malignancies in patients with PIDs in light of current tumor immune therapies.

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Front Immunol ; 9: 2912, 2018.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30619276

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Patients with inborn errors of immunity or DNA repair defects are at significant risk of developing malignancy and this complication of their underlying condition represents a substantial cause of morbidity and mortality. Whilst this risk is increasingly well-recognized, our understanding of the causative mechanisms remains incomplete. Diagnosing cancer is challenging in the presence of underlying co-morbidities and frequently other inflammatory and lymphoproliferative processes. We lack a structured approach to management despite recognizing the competing challenges of poor response to therapy and increased risk of toxicity. Finally, clinicians need guidance on how to screen for malignancy in many of these predisposing immunodeficiencies. In order to begin to address these challenges, we brought together representatives of European Immunology and Pediatric Haemato-Oncology to define the current state of our knowledge and identify priorities for clinical and research development. We propose key developmental priorities which our two communities will need to work together to address, collaborating with colleagues around the world.


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Distúrbios no Reparo do DNA/complicações , Síndromes de Imunodeficiência/complicações , Neoplasias/diagnóstico , Neoplasias/terapia , Pesquisa , Alergia e Imunologia/tendências , Criança , Humanos , Comunicação Interdisciplinar , Oncologia/métodos , Oncologia/tendências , Neoplasias/complicações , Pediatria/métodos , Pediatria/tendências
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Front Immunol ; 9: 3058, 2018.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30631328

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The immune surveillance theory of cancer posits that the body's immune system detects and destroys randomly occurring malignant cells. This theory is based on the observation of the increased frequency of malignancies in primary and secondary immunodeficiencies, and is supported by the successful demonstration of immune augmentation in current oncological immune therapy approaches. We review this model in the context of Down syndrome (DS), a condition with a unique tumor profile and various immune defects. Children and adults with DS are more prone to infections due to anatomical reasons and a varying degree of T- and B-cell maturation defects, NK cell dysfunction, and chemotactic or phagocytic abnormalities. However, despite an increased incidence of lymphoblastic and myeloblastic leukemia of infants and children with DS, individuals with DS have a globally decreased incidence of solid tumors as compared to age-adjusted non-DS controls. Additionally, cancers that have been considered "proof of immune therapy principles," such as renal carcinoma, small cell lung carcinoma, and malignant melanoma, are less frequent in adults with DS compared to the general population. Thus, despite the combination of an increased risk of leukemia with detectable immune biological abnormalities and a clinical immunodeficiency, people with DS appear to be protected against many cancers. This observation does not support the immune surveillance theory in the context of DS and indicates a potential tumor-suppressive role for trisomy 21 in non-hematological malignancies.


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Suscetibilidade a Doenças/imunologia , Síndrome de Down/imunologia , Neoplasias/imunologia , Linfócitos B/imunologia , Quimiotaxia/genética , Quimiotaxia/imunologia , Síndrome de Down/complicações , Síndrome de Down/genética , Humanos , Incidência , Células Matadoras Naturais/imunologia , Neoplasias/epidemiologia , Fagocitose/genética , Fagocitose/imunologia , Linfócitos T/imunologia
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J Allergy Clin Immunol ; 139(4): 1302-1310.e4, 2017 Apr.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-27658761

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BACKGROUND: Absent T-cell immunity resulting in life-threatening infections provides a clear rationale for hematopoetic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) in patients with severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID). Combined immunodeficiencies (CIDs) and "atypical" SCID show reduced, not absent T-cell immunity. If associated with infections or autoimmunity, they represent profound combined immunodeficiency (P-CID), for which outcome data are insufficient for unambiguous early transplant decisions. OBJECTIVES: We sought to compare natural histories of severity-matched patients with/without subsequent transplantation and to determine whether immunologic and/or clinical parameters may be predictive for outcome. METHODS: In this prospective and retrospective observational study, we recruited nontransplanted patients with P-CID aged 1 to 16 years to compare natural histories of severity-matched patients with/without subsequent transplantation and to determine whether immunologic and/or clinical parameters may be predictive for outcome. RESULTS: A total of 51 patients were recruited (median age, 9.6 years). Thirteen of 51 had a genetic diagnosis of "atypical" SCID and 14 of 51 of CID. About half of the patients had less than 10% naive T cells, reduced/absent T-cell proliferation, and at least 1 significant clinical event/year, demonstrating their profound immunodeficiency. Nineteen patients (37%) underwent transplantation within 1 year of enrolment, and 5 of 51 patients died. Analysis of the HSCT decisions revealed the anticipated heterogeneity, favoring an ongoing prospective matched-pair analysis of patients with similar disease severity with or without transplantation. Importantly, so far neither the genetic diagnosis nor basic measurements of T-cell immunity were good predictors of disease evolution. CONCLUSIONS: The P-CID study for the first time characterizes a group of patients with nontypical SCID T-cell deficiencies from a therapeutic perspective. Because genetic and basic T-cell parameters provide limited guidance, prospective data from this study will be a helpful resource for guiding the difficult HSCT decisions in patients with P-CID.


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Transplante de Células-Tronco Hematopoéticas , Imunodeficiência Combinada Severa/imunologia , Imunodeficiência Combinada Severa/patologia , Imunodeficiência Combinada Severa/terapia , Adolescente , Criança , Pré-Escolar , Feminino , Humanos , Lactente , Masculino , Estudos Prospectivos , Projetos de Pesquisa
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