, Volume 30, Issue 5, pp 746-755
Date: 01 May 2010

B-Cell and T-Cell Phenotypes in CVID Patients Correlate with the Clinical Phenotype of the Disease

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Common variable immunodeficiency (CVID) is a heterogeneous disorder characterized by recurrent infections and defective immunoglobulin production.


The DEFI French national prospective study investigated peripheral T-cell and B-cell compartments in 313 CVID patients grouped according to their clinical phenotype, using flow cytometry.


In patients developing infection only (IO), the main B-cell or T-cell abnormalities were a defect in switched memory B cells and a decrease in naive CD4+ T cells associated with an increase in CD4+CD95+ cells. These abnormalities were more pronounced in patients developing lymphoproliferation (LP), autoimmune cytopenia (AC), or chronic enteropathy (CE). Moreover, LP and AC patients presented an increase in CD21low B cells and CD4+HLA-DR+ T cells and a decrease in regulatory T cells.


In these large series of CVID patients, the major abnormalities of the B-cell and T-cell compartments, although a hallmark of CVID, were only observed in half of the IO patients and were more frequent and severe in patients with additional lymphoproliferative, autoimmune, and digestive complications.

A complete list of the DEFI Study Group is presented in Appendix A.