Abstract

Mutation of the gamma c chain common to interleukin-2 (IL-2), IL-4, IL- 7, IL-9, and IL-15 receptors has been shown to be responsible for the X chromosome-linked severe combined immune deficiency (SCIDX1). Human SCIDX1 patients are characterized by an absence of T and natural killer cell differentiation. We report the case of a SCIDX1 patient who first had few detectable peripheral T cells, then developed, after haploidentical T-depleted bone marrow transplantation (BMT), up to 2,000/microL autologous T cells. These T cells have persisted over 8 years after BMT and were able to proliferate in the presence of mitogens and of some antigens, although to a lesser extent than control T cells. A stop mutation was identified which predicts that the major part of the cytoplasmic tail of gamma c is truncated. This mutation does not affect high-affinity IL-2 binding, but it partly decreases IL- 2 endocytosis and prevents the downmodulation of the IL-2-receptor beta chain and the tyrosine phosphorylation of Jak 3 protein in response to IL-2. This report raises questions concerning the role of the gamma c chain in IL-2 receptor endocytosis and in T-cell development and differentiation.

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