Donor single nucleotide polymorphism in the CCR9 gene affects the incidence of skin GVHD

Y. Inamoto, M. Murata, A. Katsumi, Y. Kuwatsuka, A. Tsujimura, Y. Ishikawa, K. Sugimoto, M. Onizuka, S. Terakura, T. Nishida, T. Kanie, H. Taji, H. Iida, R. Suzuki, A. Abe, H. Kiyoi, T. Matsushita, K. Miyamura, Y. Kodera, T. Naoe

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The interactions between chemokines and their receptors may have an important role in initiating GVHD after allogeneic hematopoietic SCT (allo-HSCT). CCL25 and CCR9 are unique because they are exclusively expressed in epithelial cells and in Peyer's patches of the small intestine. We focused on rs12721497 (G926A), one of the non-synonymous single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the CCR9 gene, and analyzed the SNP of donors in 167 consecutive patients who received allo-HSCT from an HLA-identical sibling donor. Genotypes were tested for associations with acute and chronic GVHD in each organ and transplant outcome. Multivariate analyses showed that the genotype 926AG was significantly associated with the incidence of acute stage >2 skin GVHD (hazard ratio: 3.2; 95% confidence interval (95% CI): 1.1-9.1; P0.032) and chronic skin GVHD (hazard ratio: 4.1; 95% CI: 1.1-15; P0.036), but not with GVHD in other organs or with relapse, non-relapse mortality or OS. To clarify the functional differences between genotypes, each SNP in retroviral vectors was transfected into Jurkat cells. In chemotaxis assays, the 926G transfectant showed greater response to CCL25 than the 926A transfectant. In conclusion, more active homing of CCR9-926AG T cells to Peyer's patches may produce changes in Ag presentation and result in increased incidence of skin GVHD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)363-369
Number of pages7
JournalBone Marrow Transplantation
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 02-2010
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Hematology
  • Transplantation


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