Induced pluripotent stem cells from CINCA syndrome patients as a model for dissecting somatic mosaicism and drug discovery

Blood. 2012 Aug 9;120(6):1299-308. doi: 10.1182/blood-2012-03-417881. Epub 2012 Jun 21.


Chronic infantile neurologic cutaneous and articular (CINCA) syndrome is an IL-1-driven autoinflammatory disorder caused mainly by NLRP3 mutations. The pathogenesis of CINCA syndrome patients who carry NLRP3 mutations as somatic mosaicism has not been precisely described because of the difficulty in separating individual cells based on the presence or absence of the mutation. Here we report the generation of NLRP3-mutant and nonmutant-induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) lines from 2 CINCA syndrome patients with somatic mosaicism, and describe their differentiation into macrophages (iPS-MPs). We found that mutant cells are predominantly responsible for the pathogenesis in these mosaic patients because only mutant iPS-MPs showed the disease relevant phenotype of abnormal IL-1β secretion. We also confirmed that the existing anti-inflammatory compounds inhibited the abnormal IL-1β secretion, indicating that mutant iPS-MPs are applicable for drug screening for CINCA syndrome and other NLRP3-related inflammatory conditions. Our results illustrate that patient-derived iPSCs are useful for dissecting somatic mosaicism and that NLRP3-mutant iPSCs can provide a valuable platform for drug discovery for multiple NLRP3-related disorders.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Carrier Proteins / genetics
  • Carrier Proteins / physiology
  • Cells, Cultured
  • Cryopyrin-Associated Periodic Syndromes / drug therapy
  • Cryopyrin-Associated Periodic Syndromes / genetics
  • Cryopyrin-Associated Periodic Syndromes / pathology*
  • Drug Discovery / methods*
  • Humans
  • Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells / pathology*
  • Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells / physiology
  • Infant
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred NOD
  • Mice, SCID
  • Mice, Transgenic
  • Models, Theoretical*
  • Mosaicism*
  • Mutant Proteins / genetics
  • Mutant Proteins / physiology
  • NLR Family, Pyrin Domain-Containing 3 Protein


  • Carrier Proteins
  • Mutant Proteins
  • NLR Family, Pyrin Domain-Containing 3 Protein
  • NLRP3 protein, human