The Function of HLA-B*13:01 Involved in the Pathomechanism of Dapsone-Induced Severe Cutaneous Adverse Reactions

Wei Ti Chen, Chuang Wei Wang, Chun Wei Lu, Chun Bing Chen, Hua En Lee, Shuen Iu Hung, Siew Eng Choon, Chih Hsun Yang, Ming Tsan Liu, Ting Jui Chen, Wen Lang Fan, Shih Chi Su, Yang Yu Wei Lin, Ya Ching Chang, Wen Hung Chung, Taiwan Severe Cutaneous Adverse Reaction Consortium

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    Dapsone-induced hypersensitivity reactions may cause severe cutaneous adverse reactions, such as drug reaction with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms (DRESS). It has been reported that HLA-B*13:01 is strongly associated with dapsone-induced hypersensitivity reactions among leprosy patients. However, the phenotype specificity and detailed immune mechanism of HLA-B*13:01 remain unclear. We investigated the genetic predisposition, HLA-B*13:01 function, and cytotoxic T cells involved in the pathogenesis of dapsone-induced severe cutaneous adverse reactions. We enrolled patients from Taiwan and Malaysia with DRESS and maculopapular eruption with chronic inflammatory dermatoses. Our results showed that the HLA-B*13:01 allele was present in 85.7% (6/7) of patients with dapsone DRESS (odds ratio = 49.64, 95% confidence interval = 5.89–418.13; corrected P = 2.92 × 10 –4 ) but in only 10.8% (73/677) of general population control individuals in Taiwan. The level of granulysin, the severe cutaneous adverse reaction-specific cytotoxic protein released from cytotoxic T cells, was increased in both the plasma of DRESS patients (36.14 ± 9.02 ng/ml, P < 0.05) and in vitro lymphocyte activation test (71.4%, 5/7 patients) compared with healthy control individuals. Furthermore, dapsone-specific cytotoxic T cells were significantly activated when co-cultured with HLA-B*13:01–expressing antigen presenting cells in the presence of dapsone (3.9-fold increase, compared with cells with no HLA-B*13:01 expression; P < 0.01). This study indicates that HLA-B*13:01 is strongly associated with dapsone DRESS and describes a functional role for the HLA-restricted immune mechanism induced by dapsone.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1546-1554
    Number of pages9
    JournalJournal of Investigative Dermatology
    Issue number7
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2018

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