, Volume 32, Issue 4, pp 681-689
Date: 29 Feb 2012

A Novel STAT1 Mutation Associated with Disseminated Mycobacterial Disease

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STAT1 is a key component of Interferon (IFN)-γ and IFN-α signaling and mediates protection against mycobacteria, fungal, viral infections, and cancer. Dominant negative inhibitory as well as gain of function heterozygous STAT1 mutations demonstrate that IFN-γ driven cellular responses need to be tightly regulated to control infections. We describe an autosomal dominant mutation in the SH2 domain of STAT1 that disrupts protein phosphorylation, c.1961T>A (M654K). The mutant allele does not permit STAT1 phosphorylation, and impairs STAT1 phosphorylation of the wild type allele. Protein dimerization is preserved but DNA binding activity, IFN-γ driven GAS-luciferase activity, and expression of IFN-γ target genes are reduced. IFN-α driven ISRE response, but not IFN-α driven GAS response, are preserved when cells are co-transfected with wild type and the mutant STAT1 constructs. M654K exerts a dominant negative effect on IFN-γ related immunity and is recessive for IFN-α induced immune function.

Elizabeth P. Sampaio and Hannelore I. Bax contributed equally to this work