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T-cell gene expression patterns affect quantitative phenotypic characteristics of Hashimoto's thyroiditis

Štefanić, Mario; Tokić, Stana; Glavaš-Obrovac, Ljubica; Mihaljević, Ivan
T-cell gene expression patterns affect quantitative phenotypic characteristics of Hashimoto's thyroiditis // Abstracts of the 14th International Thyroid Congress / Schlumberger, M (ur.).
Pariz, Francuska, 2010. str. OP-0242 (predavanje, međunarodna recenzija, sažetak, znanstveni)

T-cell gene expression patterns affect quantitative phenotypic characteristics of Hashimoto's thyroiditis

Štefanić, Mario ; Tokić, Stana ; Glavaš-Obrovac, Ljubica ; Mihaljević, Ivan

Vrsta, podvrsta i kategorija rada
Sažeci sa skupova, sažetak, znanstveni

Abstracts of the 14th International Thyroid Congress / Schlumberger, M - , 2010, OP-0242

14th International Thyroid Congress

Mjesto i datum
Pariz, Francuska, 11-16.09.2010

Vrsta sudjelovanja

Vrsta recenzije
Međunarodna recenzija

Ključne riječi
Genes ; Hashimoto’s thyroiditis ; T-cells

Abstract: Hashimoto's thyroiditis (HT) is an autoimmune thyroid disorder mediated by deregulated T-cell responses. Several gene candidates encoding immune regulators have been implicated in HT etiology, including vitamin D receptor (VDR), cytotoxic T-lymphocyte antigen- 4 (CTLA-4), CD28 and CD45 transcripts. Aim: To evaluate clinical implications of VDR, CTLA-4, CD28 and CD45 mRNA expression profiles in peripheral T-cells of HT patients. Methods: 44 HT patients (3 male, mean age 47±14.4 years) and 46 geographically-matched, euthyroid, TPOAb-negative controls without a family history of autoimmune disorders (10 male, 42±12.3 years) were recruited. HT was diagnosed by positive TPOAb-IgG (median titer 302 IU/mL, interquartile range 88-1440 IU/mL), ultrasonographic and cytopathologic findings on FNAB and/or biochemical hypothyroidism (median TSH 5.27 mU/L, interquartile range 3.11- 13.8 mU/L). Untouched T-lymphocytes were negatively isolated from peripheral blood using magnetic beads. Total mRNA was extracted and gene expression studied by RT-PCR and ImageQuant method relative to GAPDH products (%). Biochemical data and goitre volume were compared to gene expression data by rank correlations and robust regression procedures. Results: VDR, CTLA-4, CD28 and five isoforms of CD45R mRNA (ABC, AB, BC, B and 0) were successfully detected in at least 95% of samples. Total mRNA expression did not differ by case- control status, gender and need for hormone replacement therapy. A family history of thyroid disorders (n=12) was associated with lower CD45RABC mRNA expression (P=0.009, 11.4±2.9 vs 20.9±1.8, HT group). CD28 (β=0.236±0.062, R2a~28%, P<0.001, HC3 estimators) and CTLA-4 mRNA levels (β=-0.09±0.04, R2a~7%, P=0.03) were independently associated with CD45RBC expression in HT patients. A strong age- dependent shift toward CD45R0 expression was seen (Spearman's ρ=0.341, P=0.027, n=42), as judged by CD45R0/RB ratio (ρ=0.462, P=0.002 ; R2a~19%, β=0.0094±0.0029, P=0.0023). Moreover, VDR mRNA expression was independently and inversely associated with CD45R0 mRNA expression (R2 a~9%, β=-0.237±0.096, P=0.018) and, particularly, CD45R0/RB ratio (β=-0.0038±0.001, P=0.0017, R2a~16%, HT group). Conversely, a positive correlation, independent of the case- control status, was detected between age-corrected VDR and CTLA-4 mRNA levels(ρ=0.26, P=0.014, R2a~6%, β=0.273±0.113, P=0.018), as well as VDR and CD45RABC mRNA (R2a~5%, β=0.093±0.045, P=0.04). CD45RAB, adjusted for the CD45RABC level, was significantly higher in female participants (14.7±0.77 vs 10.4±1.93, P=0.042). CD45RBC and B mRNA expression was highly related to CD28 levels in both groups (P<0.002). At diagnosis, CTLA-4 mRNA expression was inversely related to age- and FT4-corrected logTSH values (β=-0.0047±0.002, P=0.026, R2a~5%). Subsequently, age (β=-0.013±0.004, P=0.0017) and VDR mRNA expression (β=0.0045±0.0017, P=0.013, R2 a~7%) were the only significant predictors of FT4-corrected FT3 values. Conclusion: Unlike naive T-cells which preferentially express large CD45R isoforms (ABC/AB/BC), activated and memory T lymphocytes express the shortest one, CD45R0. Collectively, CD45, CTLA-4 and VDR network interplay is differentially controlled during lymphocyte development and activation and affects HT disease characteristics through poorly characterized mechanisms. Further analysis by combining qPCR and FACS is needed.

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