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IDO1 suppresses inhibitor development in hemophilia A treated with factor VIII.
Matino, Davide
Gargaro, Marco
Santagostino, Elena
Di Minno, Matteo N D
Castaman, Giancarlo
Morfini, Massimo
Rocino, Angiola
Mancuso, Maria E
Di Minno, Giovanni
Coppola, Antonio
Talesa, Vincenzo N
Volpi, Claudia
Vacca, Carmine
Orabona, Ciriana
Iannitti, Rossana
Mazzucconi, Maria G
Santoro, Cristina
Tosti, Antonella
Chiappalupi, Sara
Sorci, Guglielmo
Tagariello, Giuseppe
Belvini, Donata
Radossi, Paolo
Landolfi, Raffaele
Fuchs, Dietmar
Boon, Louis
Pirro, Matteo
Marchesini, Emanuela
Grohmann, Ursula
Puccetti, Paolo
Iorio, Alfonso
Fallarino, Francesca
The Journal of clinical investigation 2015 Oct 01;125: 3766-81

The development of inhibitory antibodies to factor VIII (FVIII) is a major obstacle in using this clotting factor to treat individuals with hemophilia A. Patients with a congenital absence of FVIII do not develop central tolerance to FVIII, and therefore, any control of their FVIII-reactive lymphocytes relies upon peripheral tolerance mechanisms. Indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase 1 (IDO1) is a key regulatory enzyme that supports Treg function and peripheral tolerance in adult life. Here, we investigated the association between IDO1 competence and inhibitor status by evaluating hemophilia A patients harboring F8-null mutations that were either inhibitor negative (n = 50) or positive (n = 50). We analyzed IDO1 induction, expression, and function for any relationship with inhibitor occurrence by multivariable logistic regression and determined that defective TLR9-mediated activation of IDO1 induction is associated with an inhibitor-positive status. Evaluation of experimental hemophilic mouse models with or without functional IDO1 revealed that tryptophan metabolites, which result from IDO1 activity, prevent generation of anti-FVIII antibodies. Moreover, treatment of hemophilic animals with a TLR9 agonist suppressed FVIII-specific B cells by a mechanism that involves IDO1-dependent induction of Tregs. Together, these findings indicate that strategies aimed at improving IDO1 function should be further explored for preventing or eradicating inhibitors to therapeutically administered FVIII protein.

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