[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: There are now nearly 300 single-gene inborn errors of immunity underlying phenotypes as diverse as infection, malignancy, allergy, auto-immunity, and auto-inflammation. For each of these five categories, a growing variety of phenotypes are ascribed to Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases (PID), making PIDs a rapidly expanding field of medicine. The International Union of Immunological Societies (IUIS) PID expert committee (EC) has published every other year a classification of these disorders into tables, defined by shared pathogenesis and/or clinical consequences. In 2013, the IUIS committee also proposed a more user-friendly, phenotypic classification, based on the selection of key phenotypes at the bedside. We herein propose the revised figures, based on the accompanying 2015 IUIS PID EC classification.
Full-text · Article · Oct 2015 · Journal of Clinical Immunology
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Ataxia telangiectasia (A-T) is a rare autosomal recessive disorder that results from the absence of the hierarchical ATM serine/threonine protein kinase and its failure to phosphorylate over 600 downstream proteins that play critical roles in the recognition and repair of double-strand DNA breaks, cell cycling, apoptosis, DNA maintenance and processing, and mitochondrial function. This manifests primarily as a progressive cerebellar impairment of equilibrium, movement and cognition, ovarian insufficiency, an increased susceptibility to malignancies, characteristic chromosomal translocations and a hypersensitivity to ionizing radiation. This form of ataxia was first described in 1926 in association with ocular telangiectasia. It was rediscovered in 1957 as a unique entity with three main features: progressive cerebellar ataxia, oculocutaneous telangiectasia and frequent pulmonary infections. Seven years later, A-T was recognized as a primary immunodeficiency disease (PIDD), although ATM’s role in VDJ recombination and DNA rearrangements during lymphoid development and function has only recently been established. In 1988, the gene responsible for A-T was localized to chromosome 11q22-23 and, seven years later, a single causative gene was cloned and named ATM (A-T, mutated). Once the spectrum of ATM mutations had been clearly defined, a limited genotype–phenotype correlation was observed and molecular genetic approaches to mutation-targeted therapy became a possibility.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Objective:
To determine the proportion of children with herpes simplex encephalitis (HSE) displaying TLR3 deficiency, the extent of TLR3 allelic heterogeneity, and the specific clinical features of TLR3 deficiency.
We determined the sequence of all exons of TLR3 in 110 of the 120 patients with HSE enrolled in our study who do not carry any of the previously described HSE-predisposing mutations of TLR3 pathway genes (TLR3, UNC93B1, TRIF, TRAF3, and TBK1). All the new mutant TLR3 alleles detected were characterized experimentally in-depth to establish the causal relationship between the genotype and phenotype.
In addition to the 3 previously reported TLR3-deficient patients from the same cohort, 6 other children or young adults with HSE carry 1 of 5 unique or extremely rare (minor allele frequency <0.001) missense TLR3 alleles. Two alleles (M374T, D592N) heterozygous in 3 patients are not deleterious in vitro. The other 3 are deleterious via different mechanisms: G743D+R811I and L360P heterozygous in 2 patients are loss-of-function due to low levels of expression and lack of cleavage, respectively, and R867Q homozygous in 1 patient is hypomorphic. The 3 patients' fibroblasts display impaired TLR3 responses and enhanced herpes simplex virus 1 susceptibility. Overall, TLR3 deficiency is therefore found in 6 (5%) of the 120 patients studied. There is high allelic heterogeneity, with 3 forms of autosomal dominant partial defect by negative dominance or haploinsufficiency, and 2 forms of autosomal recessive defect with complete or partial deficiency. Finally, 4 (66%) of the 6 TLR3-deficient patients had at least 1 late relapse of HSE, whereas relapse occurred in only 12 (10%) of the total cohort of 120 patients.
Childhood-onset HSE is due to TLR3 deficiency in a traceable fraction of patients, in particular the ones with HSE recurrence. Mutations in TLR3 and TLR3 pathway genes should be searched and experimentally studied in children with HSE, and patients with proven TLR3 deficiency should be followed carefully.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Leukocyte adhesion deficiencies (LAD) are autosomal recessive immunodeficiency syndromes characterized by severe and recurrent bacterial infections, impaired wound healing and leukocytosis. Block in different steps in the leukocyte adhesion cascade causes different types of leukocyte adhesion deficiencies, LAD type I, II and III. In LAD type II, the rolling phase of the leukocyte adhesion cascade is affected due to mutations in the specific fucose transporter GFTP (GDP fucose transporter), causing defect in the biosynthesis of selectin ligands on leukocytes. Thus this syndrome is also called congenital disorder of glycosylation IIc (CGDIIc). LAD II/CGDIIc is very rare and has been diagnosed in nine children to date. Fever, leukocytosis, typical dysmorphic features, growth, psychomotor retardation and the Bombay blood group, are characteristic findings in patients. Here, we describe two Turkish siblings with a novel mutation in GFTP. They both have the characteristic features of the syndrome. The older sibling died of severe bacterial pneumonia at the age of 3 years. The younger sibling, diagnosed at the age of 3 months, responded to high dose oral fucose supplementation. Secundum atrial septal defect which was not described in previously reported patients, but present in both of our patients, may primarily related to the defect in fucosylation.
No preview · Article · Sep 2014 · Journal of Clinical Immunology
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The analysis of individuals with severe congenital neutropenia (SCN) may shed light on the delicate balance of factors controlling the differentiation, maintenance and decay of neutrophils. We identify 9 distinct homozygous mutations in the JAGN1 gene encoding Jagunal homolog 1 in 14 individuals with SCN. JAGN1-mutant granulocytes are characterized by ultrastructural defects, a paucity of granules, aberrant N-glycosylation of multiple proteins and increased incidence of apoptosis. JAGN1 participates in the secretory pathway and is required for granulocyte colony-stimulating factor receptor-mediated signaling. JAGN1 emerges as a factor that is necessary in the differentiation and survival of neutrophils.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Leukocyte adhesion deficiency type III (LADIII) is an autosomal recessive disorder that presents with a severe leukocyte adhesion defect and a Glanzmann-type thrombocytopathy. Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT)-the only definitive treatment for LADIII-appears to have a high rate of complications. In this study, we describe a new group of patients with LADIII, highlighting further clinical and immunologic aspects of this disease, and reevaluating the effectiveness of HSCT for its treatment. The patients had clinical and laboratory findings consistent with LADIII. Molecular analysis confirmed the presence of a mutation in the kindlin-3 gene. HSCT was carried out in 3 patients and was successful in 2. The diagnosis of LADIII should be considered in all patients who present with recurrent infections and a bleeding diathesis, regardless of the leukocyte count. LADIII is a primary immune deficiency, which can be successfully corrected by bone marrow transplantation if applied early in the course of the disease using appropriate conditioning.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Deficiencies of MHC complex class I or II are rare primary immunodeficiencies, both of which are inherited in an autosomal recessive pattern. MHC class II deficiency is a prototype of a disease of gene regulation. Defects in transacting regulatory factors required for expression of MHC class II genes, rather than the genes themselves, are responsible for the disease phenotype. The affected genes are known to encode 4 distinct regulatory factors controlling transcription of MHC class II genes. These transacting factors are the class II transactivator and 3 subunits of regulatory factor X (RFX): RFX containing ankyrin repeats (RFXANK), the fifth member of the RFX family (RFX5), and RFX-associated protein (RFXAP). Mutations in one of each define 4 distinct complementation groups termed A, B, C, and D, respectively. MHC class I deficiency is extremely rare and has been reported in less than 30 patients worldwide. Here we review the clinical, genetic, and molecular features that characterize these primary immunodeficiencies and discuss therapy options. Beyond the description of MHC class I and II deficiencies, their discovery has fascinated scientists and clinicians because of their ability to reveal the molecular basis of MCH regulation.
No preview · Article · Jul 2014 · Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We report the updated classification of primary immunodeficiencies (PIDs) compiled by the Expert Committee of the International Union of Immunological Societies. In comparison to the previous version, more than 30 new gene defects are reported in this updated version. In addition, we have added a table of acquired defects that are phenocopies of PIDs. For each disorder, the key clinical and laboratory features are provided. This classification is the most up-to-date catalog of all known PIDs and acts as a current reference of the knowledge of these conditions and is an important aid for the molecular diagnosis of patients with these rare diseases.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Primary immunodeficiencies are intrinsic defects in the immune system that result in a predisposition to infection and are frequently accompanied by a propensity to autoimmunity and/or immunedysregulation. Primary immunodeficiencies can be divided into innate immunodeficiencies, phagocytic deficiencies, complement deficiencies, disorders of T cells and B cells (combined immunodeficiencies), antibody deficiencies and immunodeficiencies associated with syndromes. Diseases of immune dysregulation and autoinflammatory disorder are many times also included although the immunodeficiency in these disorders are often secondary to the autoimmunity or immune dysregulation and/or secondary immunosuppression used to control these disorders. Congenital primary immunodeficiencies typically manifest early in life although delayed onset are increasingly recognized. The early diagnosis of congenital immunodeficiencies is essential for optimal management and improved outcomes. In this International Consensus (ICON) document, we provide the salient features of the most common congenital immunodeficiencies.
No preview · Article · Mar 2014 · Journal of Clinical Immunology
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Quantification of the T cell receptor excision circles (TRECs) has recently emerged as a useful non-invasive clinical and research tool to investigate thymic activity. It allows the identification of T cell production by the thymus. Quantification of TREC copies has recently been implemented as the preferred test to screen neonates with severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) or significant lymphopenia. Neonatal genetic screening for SCID is highly important in countries with high rates of consanguinous marriages, such as Israel, and can be used for early diagnosis, enabling prompt therapeutic intervention that will save lives and improve the outcome of these patients. TREC measurement is also applicable in clinical settings where T cell immunity is involved, including any T cell immunodeficiencies, HIV infection, the aging process, autoimmune diseases, and immune reconstitution after bone marrow transplantation.
Severe combined immunodeficiency, a life-threatening condition, can be detected by neonatal screening.The earlier the detection and the quicker the implementation of appropriate treatment, the greater the likelihood for improved outcome, even cure, for the affected children.TRECs and KRECs quantification are useful screening tests for severe T and B cell immunodeficiency and can be used also to evaluate every medical condition involving T and B cell immunity.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Enumeration of T cell receptor excision circles (TREC) was recently adopted as a neonatal screening assay for severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID). Enumeration of kappa-deleting recombination excision circle (KREC) copy numbers can be similarly used for early assessment of B cell lymphopenia.
To assess the ability of TREC and KREC counts to identify patients with combined T and B cell immunodeficiency in a pilot study in Israel.
We studied seven children born in Israel during the years 2010-2011 and later diagnosed with SCID, and an additional patient with pure B cell immunodeficiency. TREC and KREC in peripheral blood upon diagnosis and in their neonatal Guthrie cards were analyzed using real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction, as were Guthrie cards with dried blood spots from healthy newborns and from normal and SCID-like controls.
The first features suggestive of SCID presented at age 3.1 +/- 2.4 months in all patients. Yet, the diagnosis was made 4.1 +/- 2.9 months later. Their TREC were undetectable or significantly low at their clinical diagnosis and in their originally stored Guthrie cards, irrespective of the amount of their circulating T cells. KREC were undetectable in six SCID patients who displayed B cell lymphopenia in addition to T cell lymphopenia. KREC were also undetectable in one patient with pure B cell immunodeficiency.
TREC and KREC quantification are useful screening tests for severe T and B cell immunodeficiency. Implementation of these tests is highly important especially in countries such as Israel where a high frequency of consanguinity is known to exist.
No preview · Article · Aug 2013 · The Israel Medical Association journal: IMAJ