Human Monocytes - CD14, CD16 - Ziegler-Heitbrock


Analysis of deficiency of adenosine deaminase 2 pathogenesis based on single-cell RNA sequencing of monocytes.


Deficiency of adenosine deaminase 2 (DADA2) is a rare autosomal recessive disease caused by loss-of-function variants in the ADA2 gene. DADA2 typically presents in childhood and is characterized by vasculopathy, stroke, inflammation, immunodeficiency, as well as hematologic manifestations. ADA2 protein is predominantly present in stimulated monocytes, dendritic cells, and macrophages. To elucidate molecular mechanisms in DADA2, CD14+ monocytes from 14 patients and 6 healthy donors were analyzed using single-cell RNA sequencing (scRNA-seq). Monocytes were purified by positive beads selection based on CD14 expression. Subpopulations were imputed from their transcriptomes. Based on scRNA-seq, monocytes could be classified as classical, intermediate, and nonclassical monocytes. Further, we used gene pathway analytics to interpret patterns of up- and down-regulated gene transcription. In DADA2, the frequency of nonclassical monocytes was higher compared with the healthy donors, and M1 macrophage markers were up-regulated in patients. By comparing gene expression of each monocyte subtype between patients and healthy donors, we identified up-regulation of immune response pathways, including IFNalpha/beta and IFNgamma signaling, in all monocyte subtypes. Distinctively, the TNFR 2 noncanonical NF-kappaB pathway was up-regulated only in nonclassical monocytes. Patients' plasma showed increased IFNgamma and TNFalpha levels. Our results in DADA2 suggest that elevated IFNgamma activates cell signaling, leading to differentiation into M1 macrophages from monocytes and release of TNFalpha. Immune responses and more general response to stimuli pathways were up-regulated in DADA2 monocytes, and protein synthesis pathways were down-regulated, perhaps as stress responses. Our identification of novel aberrant immune pathways has implications for novel therapeutic approaches in DAD2 (registered at NCT00071045).

Authors: Watanabe N, Gao S, Wu Z, Batchu S, Kajigaya S, Diamond C, Alem L, Raffo DQ, Hoffmann P, Stone D, Ombrello AK, Young NS,
Journal: J Leukoc Biol; 2021 May 14 . doi:10.1002/JLB.3HI0220-119RR
Year: 2021
PubMed: PMID: 33988272 (Go to PubMed)