Validation of single nucleotide polymorphisms in invasive aspergillosis following hematopoietic cell transplantation.

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Blood (2017)


Invasive aspergillosis (IA) is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality following allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT). Previous studies have reported an association between IA development and single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), but many have not been replicated in a separate cohort. The presence of a positive serum galactomannan assay (SGM+) has also been associated with a worse prognosis in patients with IA, and genetic determinants in this subset of patients have not been systematically studied. The study cohort included 2,609 HCT recipients and their donor pairs: 483 with proven/probable IA (183 SGM+) and 2,126 with no IA by standard criteria. Of 25 SNPs previously published, we analyzed 20 in 14 genes that passed quality control. Samples were genotyped via microarray, and SNPs that could not be genotyped were imputed. The primary aim was to replicate SNPs associated with proven/probable IA at 2 years; secondary goals were to explore the associations using an endpoint of SGM+ IA or proven/probable using a different genetic model or time-to-IA (3 months vs. 2 years) compared to the original study. Two SNPs in two genes (PTX3, CLEC7a) were replicated. Thirteen SNPs in nine genes had an association at p≤0.05 using the secondary aims (PTX3, CLEC7a, CD209, CXCL10, TLR6, S100B, IFNG, PLG, TNFR1), with hazards ratios ranging from 1.2 to 3.29. Underlying genetic differences can influence development of IA following HCT. Identification of genetic predispositions to IA could have important implications in donor screening, risk stratification of recipients, monitoring, and prophylaxis.