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Dianzani autoimmune lymphoproliferative disease (DALD)

Written2006-07Umberto Dianzani, Ugo Ramenghi, Annalisa Chiocchetti
Interdisciplinary Research Center of Autoimmune Diseases (IRCAD) and Department of Medical Sciences, 'A. Avogadro' University of Eastern Piedmont, via Solaroli 17, I-28100 Novara, Italy

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Atlas_Id 10111
Genes implicated inPRF1   SPP1  
Note Variant of the Autoimmune Lymphoproliferative Syndrome (ALPS)
Inheritance Possibly, an oligogenic disease.


Phenotype and clinics Paediatric onset with:
1) Autoimmunity, that is predominantly haematological, but any other autoimmunity can be displayed;
2) Enlargement of the spleen and/or lymph nodes due to accumulation of polyclonal lymphocytes;
3) Decreased function of the Fas death receptor. These patients lack the peripheral blood expansion of T cells expressing the TCR alpha/TCR beta but not CD4and CD8 (double-negative T cells), that are present in the typical form of ALPS.
Neoplastic risk 2.5 fold increased risk of cancer (both haematological and not haematological).
Treatment Immune suppression.
Evolution Autoimmunity may remit in adulthood but lymphoproliferation generally persists. Increased risk of lymphomas and other cancers in adulthood.
Prognosis Good on survival, but the autoimmune haemolitic anemia may be occasionally lethal.

Genes involved and Proteins

Note The disease is due to inherited defects decreasing function of the Fas (CD95) death receptor, involved in switching off the immune response by triggering apoptosis of activated lymphocytes. The mutation possibly hits unknown genes involved in Fas signalling. The Fas, Fas ligand, caspase-10, caspase-8 genes, that can be involved in ALPS are not mutated.
The genetic background may influence the disease onset. Variants of the gene of osteopontin or perforin (see above) can act as predisposition factors.
Gene NameSPP1 (secreted phosphoprotein 1)
Alias Osteopontin, early T lymphocyte activation (ETA-1), secreted phosphoprotein 1 (SPP1),bone sialoprotein, urinary stone protein.
Location 4q22.1
Description Encoded in 7 exons spanning 5.4-8.2 Kb.
Description Protein of 287-314 aa. Several OPN forms originate from alternative splicing, phosphorylation, glycosylation, and proteolitic cleavage and mediate partly distinct functions.
Expression Constitutively expressed by bone and several epithelial tissues, whereas in endothelial cells, macrophages and smooth muscle cells, it is mainly expressed upon activation in inflammatory contexts. Moreover, it is expressed by activated T-cells.
Localisation Secreted cytokine.
Function Functions as a free cytokine in body fluids or an immobilized extra-cellular matrix molecule in mineralized tissues. Plays a role in cell-to-cell and cell-to-extracellular matrix interaction by binding to several integrins and the CD44v6-7 isoforms, triggering signals involved in cell activation and migration. Involved in bone remodeling, tissue repair, and cell migration. It potentiates T-cell proliferation, IFN-gamma production, and CD40L expression, which in turn favor B-cell proliferation and antibody production.
Germinal Polymorphic variants of the gene have been associated with increased susceptibility to develop DALD. Four polymorphisms, corresponding to position +282T/C (exon VI), +750C/T (exon VII, coding region), +1083A/G and +1239A/C (3' UTR) (ATG = +1), form 3 haplotypic combinations:
Haplotype-A (282T-750C-1083A-1239A),
Haplotype-B (282C-750T-1083A-1239C),
Haplotype-C (282C-750T-1083G-1239C).
Subjects carrying haplotype-B and/or -C have a 8-fold higher risk of developing DALD than haplotype-A homozygotes. Haplotype-B and -C causes production of increased levels of osteopontin, possibly because of higher stability of its mRNA.

Gene NamePRF1 (perforin 1)
Alias Perforin, PFN1, pore forming protein, PFP, HPLH2, FLH2.
Location 10q22.1
Note Biallelic mutations of PRF1 cause the familial hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH), an immune deficiency ascribed to decreased capacity of cytotoxic lymphocytes (CD8+ T cells and NK cells) to kill virus-infected cells.
Description Encoded in 3 exons spanning 5.4 Kb.
Description Protein of 436 aa.
Expression Expressed by cytotoxic effector lymphocytes (activated cytototoxic T cells and NK cells).
Localisation It is stored in the lytic granules and secreted against the target cell.
Function It polymerizes on the membrane of target cells and forms pores.
Homology High sequenze homology to the C9 complement component.
Germinal Several PRF1 mutations have been associated with HLH and lymphomas. These mutations can inhibit either expression or function of perforin.
The A91V amino acid substitution decreases perforin function by altering its conformation, decreasing its cleavage to the active form, and increasing its degradation. Carriers of this variation show decreased NK activity. A91V is relatively frequent in control population (4.6%), but it has been associated with HLH, when combined with a second PRF1 variation. By contrast, it may favor DALD development when inherited defects hitting Fas function are also present. Its presence, in fact, increases the risk of DALD by 3 fold.


The broad spectrum of autoimmune lymphoproliferative disease: molecular bases, clinical features and long-term follow-up in 31 patients.
Campagnoli MF, Garbarini L, Quarello P, Garelli E, Carando A, Baravalle V, Doria A, Biava A, Chiocchetti A, Rosolen A, Dufour C, Dianzani U, Ramenghi U
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PMID 16537120
High levels of osteopontin associated with polymorphisms in its gene are a risk factor for development of autoimmunity/lymphoproliferation.
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PMID 14592838
Variations of the perforin gene in patients with autoimmunity/lymphoproliferation and defective Fas function.
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PMID 16720836
Deficiency of the Fas apoptosis pathway without Fas gene mutations in pediatric patients with autoimmunity/lymphoproliferation.
Dianzani U, Bragardo M, DiFranco D, Alliaudi C, Scagni P, Buonfiglio D, Redoglia V, Bonissoni S, Correra A, Dianzani I, Ramenghi U
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PMID 9108407
Deficiency of the Fas apoptosis pathway without Fas gene mutations is a familial trait predisposing to development of autoimmune diseases and cancer.
Ramenghi U, Bonissoni S, Migliaretti G, DeFranco S, Bottarel F, Gambaruto C, DiFranco D, Priori R, Conti F, Dianzani I, Valesini G, Merletti F, Dianzani U
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PMID 10807785
Perforin gene defects in familial hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis.
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PMID 10583959


This paper should be referenced as such :
Dianzani, U ; Ramenghi, U ; Chiocchetti, A
Dianzani autoimmune lymphoproliferative disease (DALD)
Atlas Genet Cytogenet Oncol Haematol. 2006;10(4):305-306.
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Genes implicated inSPP1   [ Atlas ]   [ Entrez ]  [ LOVD ]  [ GeneReviews ]  

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