Variant genotypes of FcγRIIIA influence the development of Kaposi's sarcoma in HIV-infected men

Thomas Lehrnbecher, Charles B. Foster, Shaoxian Zhu, David Venzon, Seth M. Steinberg, Kathleen Wyvill, Julia A. Metcalf, Sandra S. Cohen, Joseph Kovacs, Robert Yarchoan, Andrew Blauvelt, Stephen J. Chanock

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Disturbances in Inflammatory cytokine production and Immune regulation coupled with human herpesvirus-8 (HHV-8) infection underlie the current understanding of the pathogenesis of Kaposi's sarcoma (KS), the most common HIV-associated malignancy. The low affinity Fc gamma receptors (FcγR) for IgG link humoral and cellular immunity by mediating interaction between antibodies and effector cells, such as phagocytes and natural killer cells. We examined the frequency of polymorphic forms of the low affinity FcγRs, FcRIIA, FcγRIIIA, and FcγRIIIB in 2 cohorts of HIV-infected men with KS and found that the FcγRIIIA genotype exerts a significant Influence on susceptibility to or protection from KS. The FF genotype was underrepresented in patients with KS, whereas the VF genotype was associated with development of KS. A similar association was observed between FcγRIIIA genotypes and HHV-8 seropositivity. These observations suggest a possible role for FcγRIIIA in the development of KS during HIV infection. (C) 2000 by The American Society of Hematology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2386-2390
Number of pages5
Issue number7
StatePublished - Apr 1 2000
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Immunology
  • Hematology
  • Cell Biology


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