Impact of HLA-G +3142C>G on the development of antibodies to blood group systems other than the Rh and Kell among sensitized patients with sickle cell disease



      Patients' inflammatory history is an important factor underlying red blood cell (RBC) alloimmunization, which is a frequent transfusion complication among individuals with sickle cell disease (SCD). HLA-G has been associated with different inflammatory and auto - immune diseases. Our goal was to verify whether the HLA-G + 3142 C>G and 14-bp Ins/Del variations are associated with RBC antibody development among SCD patients.


      This was a single-center case-control study. SCD patients were randomly selected for the study and divided into two groups: ‘Alloimmunized’ and ‘Nonalloimmunized’ depending on the presence of irregular antibodies. The ‘Alloimmunized’group was further divided into two subgroups according to the presence of only antibodies against the Rh and Kell blood group systems or the existence of antibodies to antigens of the other blood group systems.


      A total of 213 patients were included in the study (110 alloimmunized and 103 non-alloimmunized). The ‘Alloimmunized’ and ‘Non-alloimmunized’ groups did not differ statistically regarding the HLA-G + 14 bp Ins/Del ( p = 0.494) and + 3142 C>G ( p = 0.334). Individuals who had only antibodies against the Rh and Kell antigens had a frequency of HLA-G + 3142GG genotype almost twice as high compared to the groupwith antibodies against less immunogenic antigens ( p = 0.043).


      The genotype frequency of HLA-G + 3142 C>G differs among alloimmunized SCD patients, depending on the presence of antibodies against low immunogenic RBC antigens. This highlights a possible role played by the HLA-G molecule in the RBC alloimmunization process.


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