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J Clin Immunol ; 42(1): 19-24, 2022 01.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1491285

ABSTRACT

BACKGROUND: Interferons (IFNs) play a crucial role in antiviral immunity. Genetic defects in interferon receptors, IFNs, and auto-antibodies against IFNs can lead to the development of life-threatening forms of infectious diseases like a severe form of COVID-19. CASE PRESENTATION: A 13-year-old boy with a previously reported homozygous loss-of-function mutation in interferon alpha/beta receptor subunit 1 (IFNAR1) (c.674-2A > G) was diagnosed with severe COVID-19. He had cold symptoms and a high-grade fever at the time of admission. He was admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit after showing no response to favipiravir and being hypoxemic. High-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) scanning revealed lung involvement of 70% with extensive areas of consolidation in both lungs. Antibiotics, interferon gamma (IFN-γ), remdesivir, methylprednisolone pulse, and other medications were started in the patient. However, remdesivir and methylprednisolone pulse were discontinued because of their adverse side effects in the patient. His general condition improved, and a few days later was discharged from the hospital. CONCLUSION: We reported a patient with severe COVID-19 who had a mutation in IFNAR1. Our finding suggests that patients with IFNAR1 deficiency are prone to severe forms of COVID-19. Besides, IFN-γ therapy may be a potential drug to treat patients with defects in IFN-α/ß signaling pathways which needs further investigations.


Subject(s)
Antiviral Agents/therapeutic use , COVID-19/drug therapy , Receptor, Interferon alpha-beta/deficiency , Adolescent , COVID-19/genetics , Humans , Interferon-gamma/therapeutic use , Male
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J Exp Med ; 218(4)2021 04 05.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1066211

ABSTRACT

Yellow fever virus (YFV) live attenuated vaccine can, in rare cases, cause life-threatening disease, typically in patients with no previous history of severe viral illness. Autosomal recessive (AR) complete IFNAR1 deficiency was reported in one 12-yr-old patient. Here, we studied seven other previously healthy patients aged 13 to 80 yr with unexplained life-threatening YFV vaccine-associated disease. One 13-yr-old patient had AR complete IFNAR2 deficiency. Three other patients vaccinated at the ages of 47, 57, and 64 yr had high titers of circulating auto-Abs against at least 14 of the 17 individual type I IFNs. These antibodies were recently shown to underlie at least 10% of cases of life-threatening COVID-19 pneumonia. The auto-Abs were neutralizing in vitro, blocking the protective effect of IFN-α2 against YFV vaccine strains. AR IFNAR1 or IFNAR2 deficiency and neutralizing auto-Abs against type I IFNs thus accounted for more than half the cases of life-threatening YFV vaccine-associated disease studied here. Previously healthy subjects could be tested for both predispositions before anti-YFV vaccination.


Subject(s)
Antibodies, Neutralizing/immunology , Autoantibodies/immunology , Autoimmune Diseases , COVID-19 , Genetic Diseases, Inborn , Interferon-alpha , Receptor, Interferon alpha-beta , SARS-CoV-2 , Yellow Fever Vaccine , Yellow fever virus , Adolescent , Adult , Aged , Autoimmune Diseases/genetics , Autoimmune Diseases/immunology , COVID-19/genetics , COVID-19/immunology , Female , Genetic Diseases, Inborn/genetics , Genetic Diseases, Inborn/immunology , HEK293 Cells , Humans , Interferon-alpha/genetics , Interferon-alpha/immunology , Male , Middle Aged , Receptor, Interferon alpha-beta/deficiency , Receptor, Interferon alpha-beta/immunology , SARS-CoV-2/genetics , SARS-CoV-2/immunology , Vaccines, Attenuated/genetics , Vaccines, Attenuated/immunology , Yellow Fever Vaccine/adverse effects , Yellow Fever Vaccine/genetics , Yellow Fever Vaccine/immunology , Yellow fever virus/genetics , Yellow fever virus/immunology
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J Virol ; 94(20)2020 09 29.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-840609

ABSTRACT

Alpha/beta interferon (IFN-α/ß) signaling through the IFN-α/ß receptor (IFNAR) is essential to limit virus dissemination throughout the central nervous system (CNS) following many neurotropic virus infections. However, the distinct expression patterns of factors associated with the IFN-α/ß pathway in different CNS resident cell populations implicate complex cooperative pathways in IFN-α/ß induction and responsiveness. Here we show that mice devoid of IFNAR1 signaling in calcium/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II alpha (CaMKIIα) expressing neurons (CaMKIIcre:IFNARfl/fl mice) infected with a mildly pathogenic neurotropic coronavirus (mouse hepatitis virus A59 strain [MHV-A59]) developed severe encephalomyelitis with hind-limb paralysis and succumbed within 7 days. Increased virus spread in CaMKIIcre:IFNARfl/fl mice compared to IFNARfl/fl mice affected neurons not only in the forebrain but also in the mid-hind brain and spinal cords but excluded the cerebellum. Infection was also increased in glia. The lack of viral control in CaMKIIcre:IFNARfl/fl relative to control mice coincided with sustained Cxcl1 and Ccl2 mRNAs but a decrease in mRNA levels of IFNα/ß pathway genes as well as Il6, Tnf, and Il1ß between days 4 and 6 postinfection (p.i.). T cell accumulation and IFN-γ production, an essential component of virus control, were not altered. However, IFN-γ responsiveness was impaired in microglia/macrophages irrespective of similar pSTAT1 nuclear translocation as in infected controls. The results reveal how perturbation of IFN-α/ß signaling in neurons can worsen disease course and disrupt complex interactions between the IFN-α/ß and IFN-γ pathways in achieving optimal antiviral responses.IMPORTANCE IFN-α/ß induction limits CNS viral spread by establishing an antiviral state, but also promotes blood brain barrier integrity, adaptive immunity, and activation of microglia/macrophages. However, the extent to which glial or neuronal signaling contributes to these diverse IFN-α/ß functions is poorly understood. Using a neurotropic mouse hepatitis virus encephalomyelitis model, this study demonstrated an essential role of IFN-α/ß receptor 1 (IFNAR1) specifically in neurons to control virus spread, regulate IFN-γ signaling, and prevent acute mortality. The results support the notion that effective neuronal IFNAR1 signaling compensates for their low basal expression of genes in the IFN-α/ß pathway compared to glia. The data further highlight the importance of tightly regulated communication between the IFN-α/ß and IFN-γ signaling pathways to optimize antiviral IFN-γ activity.


Subject(s)
Central Nervous System/virology , Interferon Type I/metabolism , Interferon-gamma/metabolism , Macrophages/metabolism , Microglia/metabolism , Neurons/metabolism , Signal Transduction , Animals , Calcium-Calmodulin-Dependent Protein Kinase Type 2/genetics , Calcium-Calmodulin-Dependent Protein Kinase Type 2/metabolism , Central Nervous System/immunology , Coronavirus Infections/immunology , Coronavirus Infections/virology , Disease Models, Animal , Encephalomyelitis/immunology , Encephalomyelitis/virology , Macrophages/virology , Mice , Mice, Mutant Strains , Microglia/virology , Murine hepatitis virus/physiology , Neurons/virology , Neutrophil Infiltration , Receptor, Interferon alpha-beta/deficiency , Receptor, Interferon alpha-beta/genetics , Receptor, Interferon alpha-beta/metabolism , Virus Replication
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Science ; 370(6515)2020 10 23.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-796722

ABSTRACT

Clinical outcome upon infection with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) ranges from silent infection to lethal coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). We have found an enrichment in rare variants predicted to be loss-of-function (LOF) at the 13 human loci known to govern Toll-like receptor 3 (TLR3)- and interferon regulatory factor 7 (IRF7)-dependent type I interferon (IFN) immunity to influenza virus in 659 patients with life-threatening COVID-19 pneumonia relative to 534 subjects with asymptomatic or benign infection. By testing these and other rare variants at these 13 loci, we experimentally defined LOF variants underlying autosomal-recessive or autosomal-dominant deficiencies in 23 patients (3.5%) 17 to 77 years of age. We show that human fibroblasts with mutations affecting this circuit are vulnerable to SARS-CoV-2. Inborn errors of TLR3- and IRF7-dependent type I IFN immunity can underlie life-threatening COVID-19 pneumonia in patients with no prior severe infection.


Subject(s)
Coronavirus Infections/genetics , Coronavirus Infections/immunology , Interferon Type I/immunology , Loss of Function Mutation , Pneumonia, Viral/genetics , Pneumonia, Viral/immunology , Adolescent , Adult , Aged , Aged, 80 and over , Alleles , Asymptomatic Infections , Betacoronavirus , COVID-19 , Child , Child, Preschool , Female , Genetic Loci , Genetic Predisposition to Disease , Humans , Infant , Interferon Regulatory Factor-7/deficiency , Interferon Regulatory Factor-7/genetics , Male , Middle Aged , Pandemics , Receptor, Interferon alpha-beta/deficiency , Receptor, Interferon alpha-beta/genetics , SARS-CoV-2 , Toll-Like Receptor 3/deficiency , Toll-Like Receptor 3/genetics , Young Adult
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Virology ; 547: 35-46, 2020 08.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-343623

ABSTRACT

Spondweni virus (SPONV) is the most closely related known flavivirus to Zika virus (ZIKV). Its pathogenic potential and vector specificity have not been well defined. SPONV has been found predominantly in Africa, but was recently detected in a pool of Culex quinquefasciatus mosquitoes in Haiti. Here we show that SPONV can cause significant fetal harm, including demise, comparable to ZIKV, in a mouse model of vertical transmission. Following maternal inoculation, we detected infectious SPONV in placentas and fetuses, along with significant fetal and placental histopathology, together suggesting vertical transmission. To test vector competence, we exposed Aedes aegypti and Culex quinquefasciatus mosquitoes to SPONV-infected bloodmeals. Aedes aegypti could efficiently transmit SPONV, whereas Culex quinquefasciatus could not. Our results suggest that SPONV has the same features that made ZIKV a public health risk.


Subject(s)
Aedes/virology , Flavivirus Infections/virology , Flavivirus/physiology , Mosquito Vectors/virology , Receptor, Interferon alpha-beta/genetics , Aedes/physiology , Animals , Disease Models, Animal , Female , Flavivirus/genetics , Flavivirus Infections/genetics , Flavivirus Infections/metabolism , Flavivirus Infections/mortality , Humans , Mice , Mice, Inbred C57BL , Mice, Knockout , Mosquito Vectors/physiology , Receptor, Interferon alpha-beta/deficiency
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