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What Happens When Immune Cells Just Won't Die?

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September 17, 2009
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Journal of Clinical Investigation
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X-linked lymphoproliferative disease (XLP) is a rare inherited immunodeficiency most commonly caused by deficiency in the protein SAP. New research now provides an explanation as to how SAP deficiency causes boys with XLP to develop an extreme, usually fatal, accumulation of activated immune cells known as cytotoxic T lymphocytes following infection with the common virus that causes mono.

X-linked lymphoproliferative disease (XLP) is a rare inherited immunodeficiency most commonly caused by deficiency in the protein SAP. Following infection with the common virus that causes infectious mononucleosis (also known as mono or glandular fever), boys with XLP often develop an extreme, usually fatal, accumulation of activated immune cells known as cytotoxic T lymphocytes; but the mechanistic link between this and SAP deficiency has not been determined.

However, Michael Lenardo and colleagues, at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., have now found that T cells from individuals with XLP are resistant to cell death triggered by repeated stimulation of a cell surface protein complex known as the TCR.

They report their research in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

As repeated TCR stimulation normally constrains T cell expansion during immune responses, the authors propose that this makes the T cells susceptible to uncontrolled expansion upon infection.


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  1. Snow et al. Restimulation-induced apoptosis of T cells is impaired in patients with X-linked lymphoproliferative disease caused by SAP deficiency. Journal of Clinical Investigation, 2009; DOI: 10.1172/JCI39518

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