International Journal of Hematology

, 83:147

Clonally Expanded T-Cells in the Peripheral Blood of Patients with Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura and Helicobacter pylori Infection


  • Midori Ishiyama
    • Department of HaematologyTokyo Women’s Medical University
    • Department of HaematologyTokyo Women’s Medical University
  • Koji Iwabe
    • Department of HaematologyTokyo Women’s Medical University
  • Tomohiro Kato
    • Rheumatology, Immunology and Genetics ProgramInstitute of Medical Science, St. Marianna University School of Medicine
  • Toshiko Motoji
    • Department of HaematologyTokyo Women’s Medical University

DOI: 10.1532/IJH97.05119

Cite this article as:
Ishiyama, M., Teramura, M., Iwabe, K. et al. Int J Hematol (2006) 83: 147. doi:10.1532/IJH97.05119


Eradication of Helicobacter pylori leads to platelet recovery in some patients with idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP).Therefore, the pathogenesis of a subgroup of ITP is probably associated with H pylori infection (H pylori-related ITP). If H pylori-related ITP is a definite subgroup of ITP, specific oligoclonal T-cells might accumulate in the peripheral blood (PB). To address this issue, we performed single-strand conformation polymorphism analysis of complementarity-determining region 3 (CDR3) of the T-cell receptor β chain genes of PB T-cells. Fourteen ITP patients with H pylori infection and 12 ageadjusted healthy volunteers were studied. Of the 14 patients, 8 patients (responders) exhibited a platelet response after successful H pylori eradication therapy, but 6 patients (nonresponders) did not. V±5.2, V±15, and V±19 gene usage by clonally expanded T-cells in PB obtained before H pylori eradication therapy was significantly higher in responders than in nonresponders or healthy volunteers (V±5.2, P = .023; V±15, P = .004; V±19, P = .036). Furthermore, an abrogation of clonally expanded T-cells was observed after therapy in some responders.These findings suggest that specific T-cell clones accumulate in H pylori-related ITP and that such clones may be associated with immune-mediated destruction of platelets.

Key words

Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP)Helicobacter pyloriT-cell clonalityT-cell receptorSingle-strand conformation polymorphism (SSCP)

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