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Rag defects and thymic stroma : lessons from animal models

Marrella, Veronica ; Poliani, Pietro Luigi ; Notarangelo, Luigi Daniele ; Grassi, Fabio ; Villa, Anna

In: Frontiers in immunology, 2014, vol. 5, p. 259

Thymocytes and thymic epithelial cells (TECs) cross-talk is essential to support T cell development and preserve thymic architecture and maturation of TECs and Foxp3+ natural regulatory T cells. Accordingly, disruption of thymic lymphostromal cross-talk may have major implications on the thymic mechanisms that govern T cell tolerance. Several genetic defects have been described in humans that...

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Intestinal microbiota sustains inflammation and autoimmunity induced by hypomorphic RAG defects

Rigoni, Rosita ; Fontana, Elena ; Guglielmetti, Simone ; Fosso, Bruno ; D’Erchia, Anna Maria ; Maina, Virginia ; Taverniti, Valentina ; Carmina Castiello, Maria ; Mantero, Stefano ; Pacchiana, Giovanni ; Musio, Silvia ; Pedotti, Rosetta ; Selmi, Carlo ; Mora, J. Rodrigo ; Pesole, Graziano ; Vezzoni, Paolo ; Poliani, Pietro Luigi ; Grassi, Fabio ; Villa, Anna ; Cassani, Barbara

In: The journal of experimental medicine, 2016, vol. 213, no. 3, p. 355-375

Omenn syndrome (OS) is caused by hypomorphic Rag mutations and characterized by a profound immunodeficiency associated with autoimmune-like manifestations. Both in humans and mice, OS is mediated by oligoclonal activated T and B cells. The role of microbial signals in disease pathogenesis is debated. Here, we show that Rag2R229Q knock-in mice developed an inflammatory bowel disease affecting...

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Homeostatic expansion of autoreactive immunoglobulin-secreting cells in the Rag2 mouse model of Omenn syndrome

Cassani, Barbara ; Poliani, Pietro Luigi ; Marrella, Veronica ; Schena, Francesca ; Sauer, Aisha V. ; Ravanini, Maria ; Strina, Dario ; Busse, Christian E. ; Regenass, Stephan ; Wardemann, Hedda ; Martini, Alberto ; Facchetti, Fabio ; Burg, Mirjam van der ; Rolink, Antonius G. ; Vezzoni, Paolo ; Grassi, Fabio ; Traggiai, Elisabetta ; Villa, Anna

In: Journal of experimental medicine, 2010, vol. 207, no. 7, p. 1525-1540

Hypomorphic RAG mutations, leading to limited V(D)J rearrangements, cause Omenn syndrome (OS), a peculiar severe combined immunodeficiency associated with autoimmune-like manifestations. Whether B cells play a role in OS pathogenesis is so far unexplored. Here we report the detection of plasma cells in lymphoid organs of OS patients, in which circulating B cells are undetectable. Hypomorphic...