Single-cell RNA sequencing coupled to TCR profiling of large granular lymphocyte leukemia T cells

Nat Commun. 2022 Apr 11;13(1):1982. doi: 10.1038/s41467-022-29175-x.


T-cell large granular lymphocyte leukemia (T-LGLL) is a lymphoproliferative disease and bone marrow failure syndrome which responds to immunosuppressive therapies. We show single-cell TCR coupled with RNA sequencing of CD3+ T cells from 13 patients, sampled before and after alemtuzumab treatments. Effector memory T cells and loss of T cell receptor (TCR) repertoire diversity are prevalent in T-LGLL. Shared TCRA and TCRB clonotypes are absent. Deregulation of cell survival and apoptosis gene programs, and marked downregulation of apoptosis genes in CD8+ clones, are prominent features of T-LGLL cells. Apoptosis genes are upregulated after alemtuzumab treatment, especially in responders than non-responders; baseline expression levels of apoptosis genes are predictive of hematologic response. Alemtuzumab does not attenuate TCR clonality, and TCR diversity is further skewed after treatment. Inferences made from analysis of single cell data inform understanding of the pathophysiologic mechanisms of clonal expansion and persistence in T-LGLL.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Intramural

MeSH terms

  • Alemtuzumab / therapeutic use
  • Clone Cells
  • Humans
  • Leukemia, Large Granular Lymphocytic* / genetics
  • Receptors, Antigen, T-Cell / genetics
  • Sequence Analysis, RNA


  • Receptors, Antigen, T-Cell
  • Alemtuzumab