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    Clinical management and outcomes of patients with Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome pulmonary fibrosis evaluated for lung transplantation. El-Chemaly Souheil,O'Brien Kevin J,Nathan Steven D,Weinhouse Gerald L,Goldberg Hilary J,Connors Jean M,Cui Ye,Astor Todd L,Camp Philip C,Rosas Ivan O,Lemma Merte,Speransky Vladislav,Merideth Melissa A,Gahl William A,Gochuico Bernadette R PloS one Pulmonary fibrosis is a progressive, fatal manifestation of Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome (HPS). Some patients with advanced HPS pulmonary fibrosis undergo lung transplantation despite their disease-associated bleeding tendency; others die while awaiting donor organs. The objective of this study is to determine the clinical management and outcomes of a cohort with advanced HPS pulmonary fibrosis who were evaluated for lung transplantation. Six patients with HPS-1 pulmonary fibrosis were evaluated at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center and one of two regional lung transplant centers. Their median age was 41.5 years pre-transplant. Three of six patients died without receiving a lung transplant. One of these was referred with end-stage pulmonary fibrosis and died before a donor organ became available, and donor organs were not identified for two other patients sensitized from prior blood product transfusions. Three of six patients received bilateral lung transplants; they did not have a history of excessive bleeding. One patient received peri-operative desmopressin, one was transfused with intra-operative platelets, and one received extracorporeal membrane oxygenation and intra-operative prothrombin complex concentrate, platelet transfusion, and desmopressin. One transplant recipient experienced acute rejection that responded to pulsed steroids. No evidence of chronic lung allograft dysfunction or recurrence of HPS pulmonary fibrosis was detected up to 6 years post-transplant in these three lung transplant recipients. In conclusion, lung transplantation and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation are viable options for patients with HPS pulmonary fibrosis. Alloimmunization in HPS patients is an important and potentially preventable barrier to lung transplantation; interventions to limit alloimmunization should be implemented in HPS patients at risk of pulmonary fibrosis to optimize their candidacy for future lung transplants. 10.1371/journal.pone.0194193
    Alveolar macrophage dysregulation in Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome type 1. Rouhani Farshid N,Brantly Mark L,Markello Thomas C,Helip-Wooley Amanda,O'Brien Kevin,Hess Richard,Huizing Marjan,Gahl William A,Gochuico Bernadette R American journal of respiratory and critical care medicine RATIONALE:Individuals with Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome type 1 (HPS-1), an autosomal recessive disorder characterized by defective biogenesis of lysosome-related organelles, develop an accelerated form of progressive fibrotic lung disease. The etiology of pulmonary fibrosis associated with HPS-1 is unknown. OBJECTIVES:To investigate the potential pathogenesis of pulmonary fibrosis in HPS-1, lung cells and proteins from individuals with HPS-1 were studied. METHODS:Forty-one subjects with HPS-1 with and without pulmonary fibrosis were evaluated with pulmonary function tests, high-resolution computed tomography scan, and bronchoscopy. Bronchoalveolar lavage cells and analytes were analyzed. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS:Concentrations of total bronchoalveolar lavage cells and alveolar macrophages were significantly higher in epithelial lining fluid from subjects with HPS-1 with and without pulmonary fibrosis compared with healthy research volunteers. Concentrations of cytokines and chemokines (i.e., monocyte chemoattractant protein-1, macrophage inflammatory protein-1alpha, and granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor) in alveolar epithelial lining fluid were significantly higher in subjects with HPS-1 with and without pulmonary fibrosis compared with healthy research volunteers (P < 0.001). In vitro, HPS-1 pulmonary fibrosis alveolar macrophages, which did not express HPS1 mRNA, secreted significantly higher concentrations of monocyte chemoattractant protein-1, macrophage inflammatory protein-1alpha, and regulated upon activation, normal T cell expressed and secreted (RANTES) protein compared with normal cells (P = 0.001, P = 0.014, and P = 0.011, respectively). Pirfenidone suppressed HPS-1 alveolar macrophage cytokine and chemokine secretion in vitro in a dose-dependent manner. CONCLUSIONS:In HPS-1, alveolar inflammation predominantly involves macrophages and is associated with high lung concentrations of cytokines and chemokines. HPS-1 alveolar macrophages provide a model system in which to study the pathogenesis and treatment of HPS pulmonary fibrosis. 10.1164/rccm.200901-0023OC
    BLOC1S5 pathogenic variants cause a new type of Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome. Pennamen Perrine,Le Linh,Tingaud-Sequeira Angèle,Fiore Mathieu,Bauters Anne,Van Duong Béatrice Nguyen,Coste Valentine,Bordet Jean-Claude,Plaisant Claudio,Diallo Modibo,Michaud Vincent,Trimouille Aurélien,Lacombe Didier,Lasseaux Eulalie,Delevoye Cédric,Picard Fanny Morice,Delobel Bruno,Marks Michael S,Arveiler Benoit Genetics in medicine : official journal of the American College of Medical Genetics PURPOSE:Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome (HPS) is characterized by oculocutaneous albinism, excessive bleeding, and often additional symptoms. Variants in ten different genes have been involved in HPS. However, some patients lack variants in these genes. We aimed to identify new genes involved in nonsyndromic or syndromic forms of albinism. METHODS:Two hundred thirty albinism patients lacking a molecular diagnosis of albinism were screened for pathogenic variants in candidate genes with known links to pigmentation or HPS pathophysiology. RESULTS:We identified two unrelated patients with distinct homozygous variants of the BLOC1S5 gene. Patients had mild oculocutaneous albinism, moderate bleeding diathesis, platelet aggregation deficit, and a dramatically decreased number of platelet dense granules, all signs compatible with HPS. Functional tests performed on platelets of one patient displayed an absence of the obligate multisubunit complex BLOC-1, showing that the variant disrupts BLOC1S5 function and impairs BLOC-1 assembly. Expression of the patient-derived BLOC1S5 deletion in nonpigmented murine Bloc1s5 melan-mu melanocytes failed to rescue pigmentation, the assembly of a functional BLOC-1 complex, and melanosome cargo trafficking, unlike the wild-type allele. CONCLUSION:Mutation of BLOC1S5 is disease-causing, and we propose that BLOC1S5 is the gene for a new form of Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome, HPS-11. 10.1038/s41436-020-0867-5
    An immunoblotting assay to facilitate the molecular diagnosis of Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome. Nazarian Ramin,Huizing Marjan,Helip-Wooley Amanda,Starcevic Marta,Gahl William A,Dell'Angelica Esteban C Molecular genetics and metabolism Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome (HPS) comprises a constellation of human autosomal recessive disorders characterized by albinism and platelet storage pool deficiency. At least eight types of HPS have been defined based on the identity of the mutated gene. These genes encode components of four ubiquitously expressed protein complexes, named Adaptor Protein (AP)-3 and Biogenesis of Lysosome-related Organelles Complex (BLOC)-1 through -3. In patients of Puerto Rican origin, the molecular diagnosis can be based on analysis of two founder mutations. On the other hand, identification of the HPS type in other patients relies on the sequencing of all candidate genes. In this work, we have developed a biochemical assay to minimize the number of candidate genes to be sequenced per patient. The assay consists of immunoblotting analysis of extracts prepared from skin fibroblasts, using antibodies to one subunit per protein complex. The assay allowed us to determine which complex was defective in each of a group of HPS patients with unknown genetic lesions, thus subsequent sequencing was limited to genes encoding the corresponding subunits. Because no mutations within the two genes encoding BLOC-3 subunits could be found in two patients displaying reduced BLOC-3 levels, the possible existence of additional subunits was considered. Through size-exclusion chromatography and sedimentation velocity analysis, the native molecular mass of BLOC-3 was estimated to be 140+/-30 kDa, a value most consistent with the idea that BLOC-3 is a HPS1HPS4 heterodimer (approximately 156 kDa) albeit not inconsistent with the putative existence of a relatively small third subunit. 10.1016/j.ymgme.2007.09.001