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© Timothy Wai
Publication : The Journal of experimental medicine

Enhanced cGAS-STING-dependent interferon signaling associated with mutations in ATAD3A.

Scientific Fields
Diseases
Organisms
Applications
Technique

Published in The Journal of experimental medicine - 04 Oct 2021

Lepelley A, Della Mina E, Van Nieuwenhove E, Waumans L, Fraitag S, Rice GI, Dhir A, Frémond ML, Rodero MP, Seabra L, Carter E, Bodemer C, Buhas D, Callewaert B, de Lonlay P, De Somer L, Dyment DA, Faes F, Grove L, Holden S, Hully M, Kurian MA, McMillan HJ, Suetens K, Tyynismaa H, Chhun S, Wai T, Wouters C, Bader-Meunier B, Crow YJ,

Link to Pubmed [PMID] – 34387651

Link to DOI – e2020156010.1084/jem.20201560

J Exp Med 2021 Oct; 218(10):

Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) has been suggested to drive immune system activation, but the induction of interferon signaling by mtDNA has not been demonstrated in a Mendelian mitochondrial disease. We initially ascertained two patients, one with a purely neurological phenotype and one with features suggestive of systemic sclerosis in a syndromic context, and found them both to demonstrate enhanced interferon-stimulated gene (ISG) expression in blood. We determined each to harbor a previously described de novo dominant-negative heterozygous mutation in ATAD3A, encoding ATPase family AAA domain-containing protein 3A (ATAD3A). We identified five further patients with mutations in ATAD3A and recorded up-regulated ISG expression and interferon α protein in four of them. Knockdown of ATAD3A in THP-1 cells resulted in increased interferon signaling, mediated by cyclic GMP-AMP synthase (cGAS) and stimulator of interferon genes (STING). Enhanced interferon signaling was abrogated in THP-1 cells and patient fibroblasts depleted of mtDNA. Thus, mutations in the mitochondrial membrane protein ATAD3A define a novel type I interferonopathy.

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34387651