PIG-A mutations in normal hematopoiesis.

TitlePIG-A mutations in normal hematopoiesis.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsHu R, Mukhina GL, Piantadosi S, Barber JP, Jones RJ, Brodsky RA
Date Published2005 May 15

Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) is caused by phosphatidylinositol glycan-class A (PIG-A) mutations in hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs). PIG-A mutations have been found in granulocytes from most healthy individuals, suggesting that these spontaneous PIG-A mutations are important in the pathogenesis of PNH. It remains unclear if these PIG-A mutations have relevance to those found in PNH. We isolated CD34+ progenitors from 4 patients with PNH and 27 controls. The frequency of PIG-A mutant progenitors was determined by assaying for colony-forming cells (CFCs) in methylcellulose containing toxic doses of aerolysin (1 x 10(-9) M). Glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI)-anchored proteins serve as receptors for aerolysin; thus, PNH cells are resistant to aerolysin. The frequency of aerolysin resistant CFC was 14.7 +/- 4.0 x 10(-6) in the bone marrow of healthy donors and was 57.0 +/- 6.7 x 10(-6) from mobilized peripheral blood. DNA was extracted from individual day-14 aerolysin-resistant CFCs and the PIG-A gene was sequenced to determine clonality. Aerolysin-resistant CFCs from patients with PNH exhibited clonal PIG-A mutations. In contrast, PIG-A mutations in the CFCs from controls were polyclonal, and did not involve T cells. Our data confirm the finding that PIG-A mutations are relatively common in normal hematopoiesis; however, the finding suggests that these mutations occur in differentiated progenitors rather than HSCs.

Alternate JournalBlood