Deficiency of mannan-binding lectin associated serine protease-2 due to missense polymorphisms.

S Thiel, R Steffensen, I J Christensen, W K Ip, Y L Lau, I J M Reason, H Eiberg, M Gadjeva, M Ruseva, J C Jensenius

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Mannan-binding lectin (MBL) and ficolins distinguish between self, non-self and altered-self by recognizing patterns of ligands on the surface of microorganisms or aberrant cells. When this happens MBL-associated serine protease-2 (MASP-2) is activated and cleaves complement factors to start inflammatory actions. We examined human populations for MASP-2 levels, MASP-2 function and for the presence of mutations in coding exons of MASP2. The MASP-2 levels were lowest in Africans from Zambia (median, 196 ng/ml) followed by Hong Kong Chinese (262 ng/ml), Brazilian Amerindians (290 ng/ml) and Danish Caucasians (416 ng/ml). In the Chinese population, we uncovered a novel four amino-acid tandem duplication (p.156_159dupCHNH) associated with low levels of MASP-2. The frequency of this mutation as well as the SNPs p.R99C, p.R118C, p.D120G, p.P126L and p.V377A were analyzed. The p.156_159dupCHNH was only found in Chinese (gene frequency 0.26%) and p.D120G was found only in Caucasians and Inuits from West-Greenland. The p.P126L and p.R99Q were present in Africans and Amerindians only, except for p.R99Q in one Caucasian. The MASP-2 levels were reduced in individuals with p.V377A present. The MASP-2 present in individuals homozygous for p.377A or p.99Q had a normal enzyme activity whereas MASP-2 in individuals homozygous for p.126L was non-functional.
Udgivelsesdato: 2007-Mar
TidsskriftGenes and Immunity
Udgave nummer2
Sider (fra-til)154-63
Antal sider9
StatusUdgivet - 2007