Profound differences in IgE and IgG recognition of micro-arrayed allergens in hyper-IgE syndromes

Victoria Garib, Meriem Ben-Ali, Michael Kundi, Mirela Curin, Roukaya Yaakoubi, Imen Ben-Mustapha, Najla Mekki, Renate Froeschl, Thomas Perkmann, Rudolf Valenta, Mohamed-Ridha Barbouche

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BACKGROUND: The specificities of IgE and IgG for allergen molecules in patients with inborn errors of immunity (IEI) have not been investigated in detail.

OBJECTIVE: To study IgE and IgG antibody specificities in patients with defined hyper-IgE syndromes (HIES) using a comprehensive panel of allergen molecules.

METHODS: We used chips containing micro-arrayed allergen molecules to analyze allergen-specific IgE and IgG levels in sera from two groups of HIES patients: Autosomal recessive mutations in phosphoglucomutase-3 (PGM3); Autosomal dominant negative mutations of STAT3 (STAT3); and age-matched subjects with allergic sensitizations. Assays with rat basophil leukemia cells transfected with human FcεRI were performed to study the biological relevance of IgE sensitizations.

RESULTS: Median total IgE levels were significantly lower in the sensitized control group (212.9 kU/L) as compared to PGM3 (5042 kU/L) and STAT3 patients (2561 kU/L). However, PGM3 patients had significantly higher allergen-specific IgE levels and were sensitized to a larger number of allergen molecules as compared to STAT3 patients. Biological relevance of IgE sensitization was confirmed for PGM3 patients by basophil activation testing. PGM3 patients showed significantly lower cumulative allergen-specific IgG responses in particular to milk and egg allergens as compared to STAT3 patients and sensitized controls whereas total IgG levels were comparable to STAT3 patients and significantly higher than in controls.

CONCLUSION: The analysis with multiple micro-arrayed allergen molecules reveals profound differences of allergen-specific IgE and IgG recognition in PGM3 and STAT3 patients which may be useful for classification of IEI and clinical characterization of patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1761-1771
Number of pages11
JournalAllergy: European Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2022


  • Allergens
  • Humans
  • Immunoglobulin E
  • Immunoglobulin G/genetics
  • Job Syndrome/diagnosis
  • Mutation


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