Background: A polymorphism in exon 4 (C77G) of CD45 that alters CD45 splicing has been associated with autoimmune and infectious diseases in humans.
Objective: To investigate the effect of C77G in hepatitis C virus (HCV) infected individuals and study the phenotype and function of peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) from healthy and hepatitis C infected C77G carriers.
Results: C77G individuals showed an increased proportion of primed CD45RA and effector memory CD8 T cells and more rapid activation of the lymphocyte specific protein tyrosine kinase (Lck) following CD3 stimulation. Transgenic mice with CD45 expression mimicking that in human C77G variants had more activated/memory T cells, more rapid proliferative responses, and activation of Lck.
Conclusions: Changes in CD45 isoform expression can alter immune function in human C77G variants and CD45 transgenic mice. The C77G allele may influence the outcome of HCV infection.
- HCV, hepatitis C virus
- HENCORE, Hepatitis C European Network for Cooperative Research
- Lck, lymphocyte specific protein tyrosine kinase
- PBMC, peripheral blood mononuclear cells
- SNP, single nucleotide polymorphism
- TcR, T cell receptor
- C77G variant
- hepatitis C
- immune response
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Published Online First 1 March 2006
Conflicts of interest: none declared