Cab4b, the first human platelet antigen carried by glycoprotein IX discovered in a context of severe neonatal thrombocytopenia

J Thromb Haemost. 2017 Aug;15(8):1646-1654. doi: 10.1111/jth.13744. Epub 2017 Jul 10.


Essentials Life-threatening maternofetal thrombocytopenias mostly depend on αIIb β3 antigens. We performed serological, genomic and in vitro studies of two life-threatening thrombocytopenias. Identification of a c.368C>T variation leading to Pro123Leu substitution in GPIX. A rare GPIX variant reported in a genomic database define a new alloantigen.

Summary: Background After three miscarriages, a 39-year-old woman gave birth, with a 1-year interval, to two severely thrombocytopenic neonates (4 ×109 L-1 and 33 ×109 L-1 ) with intracranial hemorrhages. Transfusion of platelet concentrates corrected the thrombocytopenia. The outcome was favorable for the first child, but the second one died 10 days after cesarean delivery (31 weeks of gestation + 6 days). Methods Serologic studies were performed with mAb-specific immobilization of platelet antigens and flow cytometry techniques. Human platelet alloantigen (HPA) genotyping was performed with the BioArray HPA BeadChip and PCR-sequence-specific primer techniques. Genomic DNA was studied by direct sequencing of PCR products. The mutant glycoprotein (GP) was expressed in transiently transfected HEK293 cells. Results In MAIPA assay, the maternal serum faintly reacted with GPIbIX from paternal and child 1 platelets, but not with maternal or panel platelets. No maternofetal incompatibility was found in the 22 known HPA systems, tested except for HPA-1b in child 2. A new alloantigen carried by GPIbIX was suspected. Genomic sequencing revealed a paternal GPIX variation (NM_000174.4:c.368C>T). The father and children were heterozygous and incompatible with the mother, who was NM_000174.4:c.368C homozygous. The maternal serum reacted with the GPIX NP_000165.1:p.Leu123 form coexpressed with GPIb in transfected HEK293 cells. The NM_000174.4:c.368T allele (rs202229101) has a minor allele frequency of 0.0002, and was not detected in 120 French subjects (families with fetal and neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia [FNAIT]), suggesting that it is rarely implicated in alloimmunization. Conclusion The NP_000165.1:p.Leu123 allele named Cab4b is the first platelet alloantigen described on GPIX. In the absence of other known maternofetal incompatibility, the child 1 case suggests that anti-Cab4b alloantibodies can induce severe thrombocytopenias.

Keywords: human platelet antigens; neonatal alloimmune; platelet GPIb-IX complex; platelet glycoprotein IX; platelets; thrombocytopenia.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Antigens, Human Platelet / blood
  • Antigens, Human Platelet / genetics*
  • Antigens, Human Platelet / immunology
  • DNA Mutational Analysis
  • Fatal Outcome
  • Female
  • Genetic Predisposition to Disease
  • HEK293 Cells
  • Heredity
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Isoantibodies / blood
  • Mutation*
  • Pedigree
  • Phenotype
  • Platelet Glycoprotein GPIb-IX Complex / genetics*
  • Platelet Glycoprotein GPIb-IX Complex / immunology
  • Platelet Glycoprotein GPIb-IX Complex / metabolism
  • Platelet Transfusion
  • Pregnancy
  • Serologic Tests
  • Thrombocytopenia, Neonatal Alloimmune / blood
  • Thrombocytopenia, Neonatal Alloimmune / diagnosis
  • Thrombocytopenia, Neonatal Alloimmune / genetics*
  • Thrombocytopenia, Neonatal Alloimmune / therapy
  • Transfection
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Antigens, Human Platelet
  • Isoantibodies
  • Platelet Glycoprotein GPIb-IX Complex
  • adhesion receptor