Hereditary angioedema with normal C1-INH with versus without specific F12 gene mutations

K Bork, K Wulff, G Witzke, J Hardt
Allergy 2015, 70 (8): 1004-12

BACKGROUND: Hereditary angioedema with normal C1-INH may be linked to specific mutations in the coagulation factor 12 (FXII) gene (HAE-FXII) or mutations in genes that are still unknown (HAE-unknown). To assess the differences in transmission and inheritance, clinical features, and laboratory parameters between patients with HAE-FXII and HAE-unknown.

METHODS: Sixty-nine patients with HAE-FXII from 23 unrelated families and 196 patients with HAE-unknown from 65 unrelated families were studied.

RESULTS: Both HAE-FXII and HAE-unknown are inherited as autosomal-dominant traits with incomplete penetrance. The male to female ratio was 1 : 68 in HAE-FXII and 1 : 6.3 in HAE-unknown. The maternal to paternal transmission ratio was 35 : 14 for HAE-FXII and 109 : 12 for HAE-unknown. Mean age at onset of clinical symptoms was 20.3 years in patients with HAE-FXII and 29.6 years in patients with HAE-unknown. The incidence of asphyxiation due to angioedema was similar for HAE-FXII and HAE-unknown. Oral contraceptives and pregnancies had a significantly higher impact on HAE-FXII than on HAE-unknown. Slightly decreased C1-INH activity and C4 concentration were observed in more patients with HAE-FXII than HAE-unknown. Tests for FXI and FXII activity, plasminogen activator inhibitor 1, and activated partial thromboplastin time showed variability but no significant differences between the groups. No abnormalities were found for C1-INH protein, C1q, alpha2-macroglobulin, antithrombin III, and angiotensin-converting enzyme. In families with HAE-FXII, the number of female offspring with F12 mutations was significantly increased and that of male offspring was significantly decreased.

CONCLUSIONS: HAE-FXII and HAE-unknown differ in various respects, including gender distribution, genetics, symptoms, and estrogen impact.

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