Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation in Patients with Heterozygous STAT1 Gain-of-Function Mutation.

Kiykim A., Charbonnier L. M. , Akcay A., Karakoc-Aydiner E. , Ozen A. O. , Ozturk G., ...More

Journal of clinical immunology, vol.39, no.1, pp.37-44, 2019 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 39 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s10875-018-0575-y
  • Title of Journal : Journal of clinical immunology
  • Page Numbers: pp.37-44
  • Keywords: STAT1, gain-of function mutation, mucocutaneous candidiasis, autoimmunity, hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, CHRONIC MUCOCUTANEOUS CANDIDIASIS, SIGNAL TRANSDUCER, TRANSCRIPTION 1, ORAL VALGANCICLOVIR, PREEMPTIVE THERAPY, ACTIVATOR, RUXOLITINIB, UNDERLIE, IMMUNITY


PurposeHuman signal transducer and activator of transcription 1 (STAT1) gain-of-function (GOF) mutations present with a broad range of manifestations ranging from chronic mucocutaneous candidiasis and autoimmunity to combined immunodeficiency (CID). So far, there is very limited experience with hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) as a therapeutic modality in this disorder. Here, we describe two patients with heterozygous STAT1 GOF mutations mimicking CID who were treated with HSCT.MethodsData on the HSC sources, conditioning regimen, graft-versus-host disease (GvHD) and antimicrobial prophylaxis, and the post-transplant course including engraftment, GvHD, transplant-related complications, infections, chimerism, and survival were evaluated. Pre- and post-transplant immunological studies included enumeration of circulating interferon gamma (IFN-)- and interleukin 17 (IL-17)-expressing CD4(+) T cells and analysis of IFN--induced STAT1 phosphorylation in patient 1 (P1)'s T cells.ResultsP1 was transplanted with cord blood from an HLA-identical sibling, and P2 with bone marrow from a fully matched unrelated donor using a reduced toxicity conditioning regimen. While P1 completely recovered from her disease, P2 suffered from systemic CMV disease and secondary graft failure and died due to severe pulmonary involvement and hemorrhage. The dysregulated IFN- production, suppressed IL-17 response, and enhanced STAT1 phosphorylation previously found in the CD4(+) T cells of P1 were normalized following transplantation.ConclusionHSCT could be an alternative and curative therapeutic option for selected STAT1 GOF mutant patients with progressive life-threatening disease unresponsive to conventional therapy. Morbidity and mortality-causing complications included secondary graft failure, infections, and bleeding.