Purpose: Inborn errors of IFN-γ-mediated immunity underlie Mendelian Susceptibility to Mycobacterial Disease (MSMD), which is characterized by an increased susceptibility to severe and recurrent infections caused by weakly virulent mycobacteria, such as Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccines and environmental, nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM).
Methods: In this study, we investigated four patients from four unrelated consanguineous families from Isfahan, Iran, with disseminated BCG disease. We evaluated the patients' whole blood cell response to IL-12 and IFN-γ, IL-12Rβ1 expression on T cell blasts, and sequenced candidate genes.
Results: We report four patients from Isfahan, Iran, ranging from 3 months to 26 years old, with impaired IL-12 signaling. All patients suffered from BCG disease. One of them presented mycobacterial osteomyelitis. By Sanger sequencing, we identified three different types of homozygous mutations in IL12RB1. Expression of IL-12Rβ1 was completely abolished in the four patients with IL12RB1 mutations.
Conclusions: IL-12Rβ1 deficiency was found in the four MSMD Iranian families tested. It is the first report of an Iranian case with S321* mutant IL-12Rβ1 protein. Mycobacterial osteomyelitis is another type of location of BCG infection in an IL-12Rβ1-deficient patient, notified for the first time in this study.
Keywords: (BCG)-osis; Bacillus Calmette–Guérin vaccination; IL-12; Mendelian susceptibility to mycobacterial disease; interferon.