Recombination-activating gene 1 (Rag1)-deficient mice with severe combined immunodeficiency treated with lentiviral gene therapy demonstrate autoimmune Omenn-like syndrome

Niek P van Til, Roya Sarwari, Trudi P Visser, Julia Hauer, Chantal Lagresle-Peyrou, Guus van der Velden, Vidyasagar Malshetty, Patricia Cortes, Arnaud Jollet, Olivier Danos, Barbara Cassani, Fang Zhang, Adrian J Thrasher, Elena Fontana, Pietro L Poliani, Marina Cavazzana, Monique M A Verstegen, Anna Villa, Gerard Wagemaker
Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology 2014, 133 (4): 1116-23

BACKGROUND: Recombination-activating gene 1 (RAG1) deficiency results in severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) caused by a complete lack of T and B lymphocytes. If untreated, patients succumb to recurrent infections.

OBJECTIVES: We sought to develop lentiviral gene therapy for RAG1-induced SCID and to test its safety.

METHODS: Constructs containing the viral spleen-focus-forming virus (SF), ubiquitous promoters, or cell type-restricted promoters driving sequence-optimized RAG1 were compared for efficacy and safety in sublethally preconditioned Rag1(-/-) mice undergoing transplantation with transduced bone marrow progenitors.

RESULTS: Peripheral blood CD3(+) T-cell reconstitution was achieved with SF, ubiquitous promoters, and cell type-restricted promoters but 3- to 18-fold lower than that seen in wild-type mice, and with a compromised CD4(+)/CD8(+) ratio. Mitogen-mediated T-cell responses and T cell-dependent and T cell-independent B-cell responses were not restored, and T-cell receptor patterns were skewed. Reconstitution of mature peripheral blood B cells was approximately 20-fold less for the SF vector than in wild-type mice and often not detectable with the other promoters, and plasma immunoglobulin levels were abnormal. Two months after transplantation, gene therapy-treated mice had rashes with cellular tissue infiltrates, activated peripheral blood CD44(+)CD69(+) T cells, high plasma IgE levels, antibodies against double-stranded DNA, and increased B cell-activating factor levels. Only rather high SF vector copy numbers could boost T- and B-cell reconstitution, but mRNA expression levels during T- and B-cell progenitor stages consistently remained less than wild-type levels.

CONCLUSIONS: These results underline that further development is required for improved expression to successfully treat patients with RAG1-induced SCID while maintaining low vector copy numbers and minimizing potential risks, including autoimmune reactions resembling Omenn syndrome.

Full Text Links

Find Full Text Links for this Article


You are not logged in. Sign Up or Log In to join the discussion.

Related Papers

Available on the App Store

Available on the Play Store
Remove bar
Read by QxMD icon Read

Search Tips

Use Boolean operators: AND/OR

diabetic AND foot
diabetes OR diabetic

Exclude a word using the 'minus' sign

Virchow -triad

Use Parentheses

water AND (cup OR glass)

Add an asterisk (*) at end of a word to include word stems

Neuro* will search for Neurology, Neuroscientist, Neurological, and so on

Use quotes to search for an exact phrase

"primary prevention of cancer"
(heart or cardiac or cardio*) AND arrest -"American Heart Association"