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HLA and killer cell immunoglobulin-like receptor (KIRs) genotyping in patients with acute viral encephalitis

  • Authors: Tuttolomondo, Antonino*; Colomba, Claudia; Di Bona, Danilo; Casuccio, Alessandra; Di Raimondo, Domenico; Clemente, Giuseppe; Arnao, Valentina; Pecoraro, Rosaria; Ragonese, Paolo; Aiello, Anna; Accardi, Giulia; Maugeri, Rosario; Maida, Carlo; Simonetta, Irene; Della Corte, Vittoriano; Iacopino, Domenico Gerardo; Caruso, Calogero; Cascio, Antonio; Pinto, Antonio
  • Publication year: 2018
  • Type: Articolo in rivista (Articolo in rivista)
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Introduction: The HLA genes, as well as the innate immune KIR genes, are considered relevant determinants of viral outcomes but no study, to our knowledge, has evaluated their role in the clinical setting of acute viral encephalitis. Results: Subjects with acute viral encephalitis in comparison to subjects without acute viral encephalitis showed a significantly higher frequency of 2DL1 KIR gene and AA KIR haplotypes and of HLA-C2 and HLA-A-Bw4 alleles. Subjects without acute viral encephalitis showed a higher frequency of interaction between KIR2DL2 and HLAC1. Multiple logistic regression analysis showed the detrimental effect of HLA-A haplotype and HLA-C1, HLA-A-BW4 HLA-B-BW4T alleles, whereas multiple logistic regression showed a protective effect of AB+BB KIR haplotype and a detrimental effect of interaction between KIR3DL1 and HLA-A-Bw4. Discussion: Our findings of a lower frequency of activating receptors in patients with acute encephalitis compared to controls could result in a less efficient response of NK cells. This finding could represent a possible pathogenetic explanation of susceptibility to acute symptomatic encephalitis in patients with viral infection from potentially responsible viruses such as Herpes virus. Materials and Methods: 30 Consecutive patients with symptomatic acute viral encephalitis and as controls, 36 consecutive subjects without acute encephalitis were analyzed. The following KIR genes were analyzed, KIR2DL1, 2DL2, 2DL3, 2DL5, 3DL1, 3DL2, 3DL3, 2DL4, 2DS1, 2DS2, 2DS3, 2DS4, 2DS5, 3DS1, 2 pseudogenes (2DP1 and 3DP1) and the common variants of KIR2DL5 (KIR2DL5A, KIR2DL5B).