Familial autoinflammation with neutrophilic dermatosis reveals a regulatory mechanism of pyrin activation

Seth L. Masters, Vasiliki Lagou, Isabelle Jeru, Paul J. Baker, Lien Van Eyck, David A. Parry, Dylan Lawless, Dominic De Nardo, Josselyn E. Garcia-Perez, Laura F. Dagley, Caroline L. Holley, James Dooley, Fiona Moghaddas, Emanuela Pasciuto, Pierre-Yves Jeandel, Raf Sciot, Dena Lyras, Andrew I. Webb, Sandra E. Nicholson, Lien De SomerErika van Nieuwenhove, Julia Ruuth-Praz, Bruno Copin, Emmanuelle Cochet, Myrna Medlej-Hashim, Andre Megarbane, Kate Schroder, Sinisa Savic, An Goris, Serge Amselem, Carine Wouters, Adrian Liston

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Pyrin responds to pathogen signals and loss of cellular homeostasis by forming an inflammasome complex that drives the cleavage and secretion of interleukin-1β (IL-1β). Mutations in the B30.2/SPRY domain cause pathogen-independent activation of pyrin and are responsible for the autoinflammatory disease familial Mediterranean fever (FMF). We studied a family with a dominantly inherited autoinflammatory disease, distinct from FMF, characterized by childhood-onset recurrent episodes of neutrophilic dermatosis, fever, elevated acute-phase reactants, arthralgia, and myalgia/myositis. The disease was caused by a mutation in MEFV, the gene encoding pyrin (S242R). The mutation results in the loss of a 14-3-3 binding motif at phosphorylated S242, which was not perturbed by FMF mutations in the B30.2/SPRY domain. However, loss of both S242 phosphorylation and 14-3-3 binding was observed for bacterial effectors that activate the pyrin inflammasome, such as Clostridium difficile toxin B (TcdB). The S242R mutation thus recapitulated the effect of pathogen sensing, triggering inflammasome activation and IL-1β production. Successful therapy targeting IL-1β has been initiated in one patient, resolving pyrin-associated autoinflammation with neutrophilic dermatosis. This disease provides evidence that a guard-like mechanism of pyrin regulation, originally identified for Nod-like receptors in plant innate immunity, also exists in humans.
Original languageEnglish
Article number332ra45
Number of pages10
JournalScience Translational Medicine
Issue number332
Publication statusPublished - 30 Mar 2016

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