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Cell Mol Life Sci. 2012 Jan;69(1):17-27. doi: 10.1007/s00018-011-0842-z. Epub 2011 Oct 9.

Immunological aspects of 22q11.2 deletion syndrome.

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Institute of Cellular Medicine, Old Children's Outpatients, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4LP, UK.


Chromosome 22q11 deletion is the most common chromosomal deletion syndrome and is found in the majority of patients with DiGeorge syndrome and velo-cardio-facial syndrome. Patients with CHARGE syndrome may share similar features. Cardiac malformations, speech delay, and immunodeficiency are the most common manifestations. The immunological phenotype may vary widely between patients. Severe T lymphocyte immunodeficiency is rare-thymic transplantation offers a new approach to treatment, as well as insights into thymic physiology and central tolerance. Combined partial immunodeficiency is more common, leading to recurrent sinopulmonary infection in early childhood. Autoimmunity is an increasingly recognized complication. New insights into pathophysiology are reviewed.

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