Lucinda Jean Berglund

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SCID resulting from mutations in IL2RG or JAK3 is characterized by lack of T and natural killer cells; B cells are present in normal number, but antibody responses are defective. Hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) is curative for SCID. However, B-cell dysfunction persists in a substantial proportion of patients. We hypothesized that impaired B-cell(More)
Common variable immunodeficiency (CVID) is a B cell immunodeficiency disorder characterized frequently by failure of memory B cell development and antibody secretion. A unifying cellular pathogenesis for CVID has not been forthcoming, but given the immunoregulatory role of invariant NK (iNK) T cells and their absence in several other immunodeficiencies, we(More)
B-cell responses are guided by the integration of signals through the B-cell receptor (BCR), CD40, and cytokine receptors. The common γ chain (γc)-binding cytokine interleukin (IL)-21 drives humoral immune responses via STAT3-dependent induction of transcription factors required for plasma cell generation. We investigated additional mechanisms by which(More)
AIMS Patients with common variable immunodeficiency (CVID) often have defects in post-antigenic B-cell differentiation with fewer memory B cells and impaired isotype switching. We aimed to classify CVID patients according to these defects and determine whether this predicted clinical manifestations. METHODS We analysed the memory marker CD27, maturation(More)
Common variable immunodeficiencies (CVID) are a heterogeneous group of antibody deficiency disorders complicated by autoimmune, lymphoproliferative and/or granulomatous manifestations, suggesting variations in immunoregulation. We sought to quantify regulatory CD4 T cells (T(reg) cells) in the blood of CVID patients and to correlate the frequency with(More)
Long-lived antibody memory is mediated by the combined effects of long-lived plasma cells (PCs) and memory B cells generated in response to T cell-dependent antigens (Ags). IL-10 and IL-21 can activate multiple signaling pathways, including STAT1, STAT3, and STAT5; ERK; PI3K/Akt, and potently promote human B cell differentiation. We previously showed that(More)
Mutations of the gene encoding the TNF receptor family member transmembrane activator and calcium-modulator and cyclophilin ligand interactor (TACI), TNFSRF13B, have recently been described in patients with common variable immunodeficiency (CVID). We report the case of a man with CVID in association with a heterozygous TACI gene mutation (C104R) who had a(More)
Disseminated histoplasmosis and nocardiosis typically affect immunocompromised hosts. We report a case of gastrointestinal and adrenal histoplasmosis, presenting as protein-losing enteropathy and hypogammaglobulinaemia, coincident with Nocardia infection, in a HIV-negative patient in whom a specific immunological defect could not be identified. Clinicians(More)
BACKGROUND Large vessel vasculitis is a rare disorder usually occurring in the context of the autoimmune conditions of giant cell arteritis and Takayasu's arteritis. Case reports have described large vessel vasculitis occurring in individuals with myelodysplastic syndrome, preceding transformation to acute myeloid leukemia. CASE PRESENTATION A 56-year-old(More)