The risk of hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis in Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome type 2

Birthe Jessen, Sebastian F.N. Bode, Sandra Ammann, Subarna Chakravorty, Graham Davies, Jana Diestelhorst, Melissa Frei-Jones, William A. Gahl, Bernadette R. Gochuico, Matthias Griese, Gillian Griffiths, Gritta Janka, Christoph Klein, Tamara Kögl, Karin Kurnik, Kai Lehmberg, Andrea Maul-Pavicic, Andrew D. Mumford, David Pace, Nima ParvanehNima Rezaei, Geneviève De Saint Basile, Annette Schmitt-Graeff, Klaus Schwarz, Gulsun T. Karasu, Barbara Zieger, Udo Zur Stadt, Peter Aichele, Stephan Ehl

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Genetic disorders of lymphocyte cytotoxicity predispose patients to hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH). Reduced lymphocyte cytotoxicity has been demonstrated in Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome type 2 (HPS2), but only a single patient was reported who developed HLH. Because that patient also carried a potentially contributing heterozygous RAB27A mutation, the risk for HLH in HPS2 remains unclear. We analyzed susceptibility to HLH in the pearl mouse model of HPS2. After infection with lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus, pearl mice developed all key features of HLH, linked to impaired virus control caused by amoderate defect in CTL cytotoxicity in vivo. However, in contrast to perforin-deficientmice, the disease was transient, and all mice fully recovered and controlled the infection. An additional heterozygous Rab27a mutation did not aggravate the cytotoxicity defect or disease parameters. In the largest survey of 22HPS2 patients covering 234 patient years, we identified only 1 additional patient with HLH and 2 with incomplete transient HLH-like episodes, although cytotoxicity or degranulation was impaired in all 16 patients tested. HPS2 confers a risk for HLH that is lower than in Griscelli or Chediak-Higashi syndrome, probably because of a milder defect in cytotoxicity. Preemptive hematopoietic stem cell transplantation does not appear justified in HPS2.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2943-2951
Number of pages9
Issue number15
StatePublished - Apr 11 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Immunology
  • Hematology
  • Cell Biology


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