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Blood. 2006 Nov 1;108(9):3079-84. Epub 2006 May 23.

Variations of the perforin gene in patients with autoimmunity/lymphoproliferation and defective Fas function.

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Pediatric Haematology-Oncology, Istituto di Ricovero e Cura a Carattere Scientifico (IRCCS) Policlinico San Matteo, University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy.


Mutations decreasing function of the Fas death receptor cause the autoimmune lymphoproliferative syndrome (ALPS) with autoimmune manifestations, spleen/lymph node enlargement, and expansion of CD4/CD8-negative T cells. Dianzani Autoimmune Lymphoproliferative Disease (DALD) is a variant lacking this expansion. Perforin is involved in cell-mediated cytotoxicity and its biallelic mutations cause familial hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH). We previously described an ALPS patient carrying heterozygous mutations of the Fas and perforin genes and suggested that they concurred in ALPS. This work extends the analysis to 14 ALPS, 28 DALD, and 816 controls, and detects an N252S amino acid substitution in 2 ALPS, and an A91V amino acid substitution in 6 DALD. N252S conferred an OR = 62.7 (P = .0016) for ALPS and A91V conferred an OR = 3 (P = .016) for DALD. Copresence of A91V and variations of the osteopontin gene previously associated with DALD conferred an OR = 17 (P = .0007) for DALD. In one N252S patient, NK activity was strikingly defective in early childhood, but became normal in late childhood. A91V patients displayed lower NK activity than controls. These data suggest that perforin variations are a susceptibility factor for ALPS/DALD development in subjects with defective Fas function and may influence disease expression.

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