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Rare immune deficiencies

The rare immune deficiencies section publishes research and reports on clinical and laboratory data pertaining to immunological disease, with an emphasis on primary immunodeficiency. Whilst welcoming any submission in this broad area, cohort reports of specific genetic diseases, detailed case reports of very rare primary immunodeficiencies, reports elucidating gene function, reports from geographic areas less represented in literature, and reports describing therapy are encouraged.

  1. Content type: Letter to the Editor

    Vitamin A intoxication is a rare cause of liver disease, but the risk increases in patients with underlying liver dysfunction. We present a patient with Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome who developed liver fibrosis,...

    Authors: Giorgia Bucciol, David Cassiman, Tania Roskams, Marleen Renard, Ilse Hoffman, Peter Witters, Rik Schrijvers, Heidi Schaballie, Barbara Bosch, Maria Caterina Putti, Olivier Gheysens, Noel Knops, Marc Gewillig, Djalila Mekahli, Jacques Pirenne and Isabelle Meyts

    Citation: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases 2018 13:69

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  2. Content type: Review

    Adenosine deaminase (ADA) deficiency leads to an accumulation of toxic purine degradation by-products, most potently affecting lymphocytes, leading to adenosine deaminase-deficient severe combined immunodefici...

    Authors: Aisling M. Flinn and Andrew R. Gennery

    Citation: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases 2018 13:65

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  3. Content type: Research

    Strimvelis (autologous CD34+ cells transduced to express adenosine deaminase [ADA]) is the first ex vivo stem cell gene therapy approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), indicated as a single treatment ...

    Authors: Heide Stirnadel-Farrant, Mahesh Kudari, Nadia Garman, Jessica Imrie, Bikramjit Chopra, Stefania Giannelli, Michela Gabaldo, Ambra Corti, Stefano Zancan, Alessandro Aiuti, Maria Pia Cicalese, Rohit Batta, Jonathan Appleby, Mario Davinelli and Pauline Ng

    Citation: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases 2018 13:49

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  4. Content type: Research

    Ataxia telangiectasia (A-T) is a neurodegenerative disease that leads to mitochondrial dysfunction and oxidative stress. Insulin resistance (IR), type 2 diabetes and the risk for development of cardiovascular ...

    Authors: Talita Lemos Paulino, Marina Neto Rafael, Sonia Hix, David Carlos Shigueoka, Sergio Aron Ajzen, Cristiane Kochi, Fabíola Isabel Suano-Souza, Rosangela da Silva, Beatriz T. Costa-Carvalho and Roseli O. S. Sarni

    Citation: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases 2017 12:136

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  5. Content type: Research

    Lipopolysaccharide-responsive, beige-like anchor protein (LRBA) deficiency is characterized by primary immunodeficiency and autoimmunity. Cancer may present another feature of LRBA deficiency. We describe a ca...

    Authors: Nina Bratanič, Jernej Kovač, Katka Pohar, Katarina Trebušak Podkrajšek, Alojz Ihan, Tadej Battelino and Magdalena Avbelj Stefanija

    Citation: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases 2017 12:131

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  6. Content type: Review

    Nude severe combined immunodeficiency is a rare inherited disease caused by autosomal recessive loss-of-function mutations in FOXN1. This gene encodes a transcription factor essential for the development of the t...

    Authors: Ioanna A. Rota and Fatima Dhalla

    Citation: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases 2017 12:6

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  7. Content type: Research

    Hereditary angioedema caused by C1-inhibitor deficiency (C1-INH-HAE) is a rare, autosomal dominant disorder. C1-INH-HAE is characterized by edema–formation, which may occur in response to stress. The individua...

    Authors: Zsuzsanna Zotter, Zsolt Nagy, Attila Patócs, Dorottya Csuka, Nóra Veszeli, Kinga Viktória Kőhalmi and Henriette Farkas

    Citation: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases 2017 12:5

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  8. Content type: Review

    DNA ligase IV deficiency is a rare primary immunodeficiency, LIG4 syndrome, often associated with other systemic features. DNA ligase IV is part of the non-homologous end joining mechanism, required to repair ...

    Authors: Thomas Altmann and Andrew R. Gennery

    Citation: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases 2016 11:137

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  9. Content type: Research

    Patients with syndromic features frequently suffer from recurrent respiratory infections, but little is known about the spectrum of immunological abnormalities associated with their underlying chromosomal aber...

    Authors: Ellen Schatorjé, Michiel van der Flier, Mikko Seppänen, Michael Browning, Megan Morsheimer, Stefanie Henriet, João Farela Neves, Donald Cuong Vinh, Laia Alsina, Anete Grumach, Pere Soler-Palacin, Thomas Boyce, Fatih Celmeli, Ekaterini Goudouris, Grant Hayman, Richard Herriot…

    Citation: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases 2016 11:110

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  10. Content type: Research

    IgG replacement therapy (IgRT) in primary immunodeficiencies (PID) is a lifelong treatment which may be administered intravenously (IVIg) or subcutaneously (SCIg), at hospital or at home. The objective of the ...

    Authors: B. Bienvenu, G. Cozon, C. Hoarau, M. Pasquet, P. Cherin, P. Clerson, E. Hachulla, J. C. Crave, J. C. Delain and R. Jaussaud

    Citation: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases 2016 11:83

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  11. Content type: Research

    Deficiency of the eighth component of complement (C8) is a very rare primary immunodeficiency, associated with invasive, recurrent infections mainly caused by Neisseria species. We report functional and immuno...

    Authors: Rosa Maria Dellepiane, Laura Dell’Era, Paola Pavesi, Paolo Macor, Mara Giordano, Luca De Maso, Maria Cristina Pietrogrande and Massimo Cugno

    Citation: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases 2016 11:64

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  12. Content type: Research

    The 17-alpha-alkylated derivatives of testosterone are often used for the prevention of oedematous episodes in hereditary angioedema with C1-inhibitor deficiency (C1-INH-HAE). However, these agents can have ma...

    Authors: Kinga Viktória Kőhalmi, Nóra Veszeli, Zsuzsanna Zotter, Dorottya Csuka, Szabolcs Benedek, Éva Imreh, Lilian Varga and Henriette Farkas

    Citation: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases 2016 11:18

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  13. Content type: Research

    Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is the only curative treatment available for severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID); although, there is a high incidence of severe infections and an i...

    Authors: Nicholas Brodszki, Dominik Turkiewicz, Jacek Toporski, Lennart Truedsson and Josefina Dykes

    Citation: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases 2016 11:5

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  14. Content type: Letter to the Editor

    Adenosine deaminase-deficient severe combined immunodeficiency (ADA-SCID) is characterized by impaired T-, B- and NK-cell function. Affected children, in addition to early onset of infections, manifest non-imm...

    Authors: Hirsh D. Komarow, Robert Sokolic, Michael S. Hershfield, Donald B. Kohn, Michael Young, Dean D. Metcalfe and Fabio Candotti

    Citation: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases 2015 10:159

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  15. Content type: Research

    Earlier studies have shown that the absolute number of neutrophil granulocytes (NGs) may increase during attack of hereditary angioedema due to C1-inhibitor deficiency (C1-INH-HAE). Whether NGs undergo activat...

    Authors: Nóra Veszeli, Dorottya Csuka, Zsuzsanna Zotter, Éva Imreh, Mihály Józsi, Szabolcs Benedek, Lilian Varga and Henriette Farkas

    Citation: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases 2015 10:156

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  16. Content type: Research

    Ataxia-telangiectasia (A-T) is a devastating human autosomal recessive disorder that causes progressive cerebellar ataxia, immunodeficiency, premature aging, chromosomal instability and increased cancer risk. ...

    Authors: H. Pommerening, S. van Dullemen, M. Kieslich, R. Schubert, S. Zielen and S. Voss

    Citation: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases 2015 10:155

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  17. Content type: Research

    Chediak-Higashi Syndrome (CHS) is a rare autosomal recessive disease characterized by immunodeficiency, oculocutaneous albinism, neurological dysfunction, and early death. Individuals with CHS present with inc...

    Authors: Le Wang, Kamila Rosamilia Kantovitz, Andrew Robert Cullinane, Francisco Humberto Nociti, Brian Lee Foster, Joseph Concepcion Roney, Anne Bich Tran, Wendy Jewell Introne and Martha Joan Somerman

    Citation: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases 2014 9:212

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  18. Content type: Research

    Danazol, a drug extensively used in the management of hereditary angioedema due to C1 inhibitor deficiency (C1-INH-HAE), has various side effects. This study investigated the virilizing actions of this drug in...

    Authors: Zsuzsanna Zotter, Nóra Veszeli, Dorottya Csuka, Lilian Varga and Henriette Farkas

    Citation: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases 2014 9:205

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  19. Content type: Research

    Loss-of-function point mutations in the cathepsin C gene are the underlying genetic event in patients with Papillon-Lefèvre syndrome (PLS). PLS neutrophils lack serine protease activity essential for cathelici...

    Authors: Sigrun Eick, Magdalena Puklo, Karina Adamowicz, Tomasz Kantyka, Pieter Hiemstra, Henning Stennicke, Arndt Guentsch, Beate Schacher, Peter Eickholz and Jan Potempa

    Citation: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases 2014 9:148

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