Publication Type:

Journal Article


Endocrine connection (2017)



OBJECTIVE: Autoimmune polyendocrine syndrome type 1 (APS 1) is a rare autosomal recessive disorder characterized by progressive organ-specific autoimmunity. There is scant information on APS1 in ethnic groups other than European Caucasians. We studied clinical aspects and autoimmune regulator (AIRE) gene mutations in a cohort of Indian APS1 patients. DESIGN: Twenty-three patients (19 families) from six referral centres in India, diagnosed between 1996-2016, were followed for [median (range)] 4 (0.2-19) years. METHODS: Clinical features, mortality, organ-specific autoantibodies and AIRE gene mutations were studied. RESULTS: Patients varied widely in their age of presentation [3.5 (0.1-17) years] and number of clinical manifestations [5 (2-11)]. Despite genetic heterogeneity, the frequency of the major APS1 components (muco-cutaneous candidiasis: 96%; hypoparathyroidism: 91%; primary adrenal insufficiency: 55%) were similar to reports in European series. In contrast, primary hypothyroidism (23%) occurred more frequently and at an early age, while kerato-conjunctivitis, urticarial rash and autoimmune hepatitis were uncommon (9% each). Six (26%) patients died at a young age [5.8 (3-23) years] due to septicaemia, hepatic failure, adrenal/hypocalcaemic crisis from non-compliance/unexplained cause. Interferon-α and/or interleukin-22 antibodies were elevated in all 19 patients tested, including an asymptomatic infant. Eleven AIRE mutations were detected, the most common being p.C322fsX372 (haplotype frequency 37%). Four mutations were novel while others were previously described (European Caucasians:6, Arab:1). CONCLUSIONS: Indian APS1 patients exhibited considerable genetic heterogeneity and had highly variable clinical features. While the frequency of major manifestations was similar to European Caucasians, other features showed significant differences. A high mortality at a young age was observed.

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G. Zaidi, Bhatia, V., Sahoo, S., Sarangi, A. Narayan, Bharti, N., Zhang, L., Yu, L., Eriksson, D., Bensing, S., Kämpe, O., Bhavani, N., Yachha, S. K., Bhansali, A., Sachan, A., Jain, V., Shah, N., Aggarwal, R., Aggarwal, A., Srinivasan, M., Agarwal, S., and Bhatia, E., “Autoimmune polyendocrine syndrome type 1 in an Indian cohort: a longitudinal study.”, Endocrine connection, 2017.