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J Clin Immunol. 2015 Apr;35(3):244-8. doi: 10.1007/s10875-015-0144-6. Epub 2015 Mar 7.

A female patient with incomplete hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis caused by a heterozygous XIAP mutation associated with non-random X-chromosome inactivation skewed towards the wild-type XIAP allele.

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Department of Pediatrics, Graduate School of Medicine and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Toyama, Toyama, Japan.


X-linked lymphoproliferative disease (XLP) is a rare inherited immunodeficiency that often leads to hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH). XLP can be classified as XLP1 or XLP2, caused by mutations in SH2D1A and XIAP, respectively. In women, X-chromosome inactivation (XCI) of most X-linked genes occurs on one of the X chromosomes in each cell. The choice of which X chromosome remains activated is generally random, although genetic differences and selective advantage may cause one of the X chromosomes to be preferentially inactivated. Here we describe three patients with pancytopenia, including one female patient, in a Japanese family with a novel XIAP mutation. All three patients exhibited deficient XIAP protein expression, impaired NOD2/XIAP signaling, and augmented activation-induced cell death. In the female patient, the paternally derived X chromosome was non-randomly and exclusively inactivated in her peripheral blood and hair root cells. In contrast to asymptomatic females, this patient exhibied non-random XCI skewed towards the wild-type XIAP allele. This is the first report of a female patient with incomplete HLH resulting from a heterozygous XIAP mutation in association with non-random XCI.

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