Haemophilia A and B are X-linked hemorrhagic disorders caused by gene variants in the F8 and F9 genes. Due to recessive inheritance, males are affected, while female carriers are usually asymptomatic with a wide range of factor VIII (FVIII) or IX (FIX) levels. Bleeding tendency in female carriers is extremely variable and may be associated with low clotting factor levels. This could be explained by F8 or F9 genetic variations, numerical or structural X chromosomal anomalies, or epigenetic variations such as irregular X chromosome inactivation (XCI). The aim of the study was to determine whether low FVIII or FIX coagulant activity in haemophilia carriers could be related to XCI and bleeding symptoms. HUMARA assay was performed on 73 symptomatic carriers with low clotting activity ≤50 IU/dL. Bleeding Assessment Tool (BAT) from the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH) was used to describe symptoms in the cohort of carriers. In 97% of haemophilia carriers, a specific gene variant in heterozygous state was found, which alone could not justify their low FVIII or FIX levels (≤50 IU/dL). A statistical association between XCI pattern and FVIII and FIX levels was observed. Moreover, female carriers with low coagulant activity (≤20 IU/dL) and high degree of XCI (≥ 80:20) had a higher ISTH-BAT score than the carriers with the opposite conditions (>20 IU/dL and <80:20). In our cohort of haemophilia carriers, XCI was significantly skewed, which may contribute to the low expression of clotting factor levels and bleeding symptoms.

X Chromosome inactivation: a modifier of factor VIII and IX plasma levels and bleeding phenotype in Haemophilia carriers / I. Garagiola, M. Mortarino, S.M. Siboni, M. Boscarino, M.E. Mancuso, M. Biganzoli, E. Santagostino, F. Peyvandi. - In: EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF HUMAN GENETICS. - ISSN 1018-4813. - (2020). [Epub ahead of print] [10.1038/s41431-020-00742-4]

X Chromosome inactivation: a modifier of factor VIII and IX plasma levels and bleeding phenotype in Haemophilia carriers

I. Garagiola
Primo
;
M. Mortarino
Secondo
;
S.M. Siboni;M.E. Mancuso;M. Biganzoli;F. Peyvandi
Ultimo
2020

Abstract

Haemophilia A and B are X-linked hemorrhagic disorders caused by gene variants in the F8 and F9 genes. Due to recessive inheritance, males are affected, while female carriers are usually asymptomatic with a wide range of factor VIII (FVIII) or IX (FIX) levels. Bleeding tendency in female carriers is extremely variable and may be associated with low clotting factor levels. This could be explained by F8 or F9 genetic variations, numerical or structural X chromosomal anomalies, or epigenetic variations such as irregular X chromosome inactivation (XCI). The aim of the study was to determine whether low FVIII or FIX coagulant activity in haemophilia carriers could be related to XCI and bleeding symptoms. HUMARA assay was performed on 73 symptomatic carriers with low clotting activity ≤50 IU/dL. Bleeding Assessment Tool (BAT) from the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH) was used to describe symptoms in the cohort of carriers. In 97% of haemophilia carriers, a specific gene variant in heterozygous state was found, which alone could not justify their low FVIII or FIX levels (≤50 IU/dL). A statistical association between XCI pattern and FVIII and FIX levels was observed. Moreover, female carriers with low coagulant activity (≤20 IU/dL) and high degree of XCI (≥ 80:20) had a higher ISTH-BAT score than the carriers with the opposite conditions (>20 IU/dL and <80:20). In our cohort of haemophilia carriers, XCI was significantly skewed, which may contribute to the low expression of clotting factor levels and bleeding symptoms.
Settore MED/09 - Medicina Interna
2020
ott-2020
Article (author)
File in questo prodotto:
File Dimensione Formato  
s41431-020-00742-4.pdf

accesso riservato

Tipologia: Publisher's version/PDF
Dimensione 589.28 kB
Formato Adobe PDF
589.28 kB Adobe PDF   Visualizza/Apri   Richiedi una copia
Pubblicazioni consigliate

I documenti in IRIS sono protetti da copyright e tutti i diritti sono riservati, salvo diversa indicazione.

Utilizza questo identificativo per citare o creare un link a questo documento: https://hdl.handle.net/2434/801965
Citazioni
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.pmc??? 4
  • Scopus 26
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.isi??? 26
social impact