Common Variable Immunodeficiency Confirmation Flow Panel
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Screening for common variable immunodeficiency (CVID)
Identifying defects in TACI and BAFF-R in patients presenting with clinical symptoms and other laboratory features consistent with CVID
Evaluating B cell immune competence by assessing expression of BAFF-R and TACI proteins
Useful for assessing BAFF-R and TACI protein expression and frequency of B cells bearing these receptors. TNFRSF13C (BAFF-R) and TNFRSF13B (TACI) gene mutations have been described in a small subset of patients with humoral immunodeficiencies classified as CVID. The majority of TNFRSF13B mutations preserve TACI protein expression and require genetic testing to identify pathogenic or potentially pathogenic mutations/variants.
Fluorescent Flow Cytometry
Reporting Name A shorter/abbreviated version of the Published Name for a test; an abbreviated test name
CVID Confirmation Flow Panel
Specimen Type Describes the specimen type needed for testing
Whole Blood EDTA
Specimen Required Defines the optimal specimen. This field describes the type of specimen required to perform the test and the preferred volume to complete testing. The volume allows automated processing, fastest throughput and, when indicated, repeat or reflex testing.
Specimen must arrive within 48 hours of draw and by 10 a.m. on Friday. Send specimen Sunday through Thursday only. Draw and package specimen as close to shipping time as possible. Ship specimen overnight.
Container/Tube: Lavender top (EDTA)
< or =14 years: 4 mL
>14 years: 10 mL
Collection Instructions: Send specimen in original tube. Do not aliquot.
Additional Information: Ordering physician name and phone number are required.
Specimen Minimum Volume Defines the amount of specimen required to perform an assay once, including instrument and container dead space. Submitting the minimum specimen volume makes it impossible to repeat the test or perform confirmatory or perform reflex testing. In some situations, a minimum specimen volume may result in a QNS (quantity not sufficient) result, requiring a second specimen to be collected.
< or =14 years: 3 mL
>14 years: 5 mL
>14 years: 5 mL
Mild OK; Gross reject
Mild OK; Gross reject
Specimen Stability Information Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the laboratory. Alternate acceptable temperature(s) are also included.
|Whole Blood EDTA||Refrigerated (preferred)||72 hours|
Clinical Information Discusses physiology, pathophysiology, and general clinical aspects, as they relate to a laboratory test
Common variable immunodeficiency (CVID) is the most prevalent primary immunodeficiency with a prevalence of CVID of 1:25,000 to 1:50,000.(1) It has a bimodal presentation with a subset presenting in early childhood and a second set presenting between 15 and 40 years of age or even later. CVID is characterized by hypogammaglobulinemia usually involving most or all of the immunoglobulin (Ig) classes (IgG, IgA, IgM, and IgE), impaired functional antibody responses, and recurrent sinopulmonary infections.(1) B cell numbers are usually normal, although a minority of patients (5%-10%) have very low B cell counts (<1% of peripheral blood leukocytes). It is reasonable to suspect a TACI defect in patients with low to absent IgA, low IgG, and low or normal IgM, along with splenomegaly, autoimmune cytopenias, autoimmune thyroiditis, and tonsillar hypertrophy. In TACI-deficient patients, there may be an increased risk for developing neoplasias such as non-Hodgkin lymphoma or other solid tumors. CD19 defects result in absence of B cells expressing CD19. When an alternative B-cell marker such as CD20 is used, however, B cells can be detected in the blood of these patients. ICOS-deficiency results in reduced class-switched memory B-cells.
Of all patients with CVID, 25% to 30% have increased numbers of CD8 T cells and a reduced CD4/CD8 ratio (<1).(1) A subset (5%-10%) exhibit noncaseating, sarcoid-like granulomas in different organs and also tend to develop a progressive T cell deficiency.(1) Patients with mutations in the TACI gene (see below) are particularly prone to developing autoimmune disease, including cytopenias as well as lymphoproliferative disease.
The etiology of CVID is heterogeneous, but recently 4 genetic defects were described that are associated with the CVID phenotype. Specific mutations, all of which are expressed on B cells, have been implicated in the pathogenesis of CVID. These mutations encode for:
-ICOS: inducible costimulator expressed on activated T cells(2)
-TACI: transmembrane activator and calcium modulator and cyclophilin ligand (CAML) interactor(3)
-BAFF-R: B-cell activating factor belonging to the tumor necrosis factor (TNF) receptor family(5)
Of these, mutations of the gene that encodes TACI, TNFRSF13B (tumor necrosis factor receptor superfamily, member 13B), probably account for about 10% to 15% of all CVID cases.(3) Patients with mutations in the TACI gene are particularly prone to developing autoimmune disease, including cytopenias, as well as lymphoproliferative disease. The other mutations each have been reported in only a handful of patients. The etiopathogenesis is still undefined in more than 75% to 80% of CVID patients.
A BAFF-R defect should be suspected in patients with low to very low class switched and nonswitched memory B cells and very high numbers of transitional B cells (see IABC/87994 B-Cell Phenotyping Screen for Immunodeficiency and Immune Competence Assessment, Blood). Class switching is the process that allows B cells, which possess IgD and IgM on their cell surface as a part of the antigen-binding complex, to produce IgA, IgE, or IgG antibodies. A TACI defect is suspected in patients with low IgA and low IgG with normal to low switched B cells, with autoimmune or lymphoproliferative manifestations or both, and normal B cell responses to mitogens.
Reference Values Describes reference intervals and additional information for interpretation of test results. May include intervals based on age and sex when appropriate. Intervals are Mayo-derived, unless otherwise designated. If an interpretive report is provided, the reference value field will state this.
Reference values apply to all ages.
BAFF-R is normally expressed on over 95% of B cells, while TACI is expressed on a smaller subset of B cells (3%-70%) and some activated T cells. Expression on B cells increases with B cell activation.
The lack of TACI or BAFF-R surface expression on B cells is suggestive of a potential common variable immunodeficiency (CVID)-associated defect, if other features of CVID are present. The majority of TACI mutations (>95%) preserve protein expression but abrogate protein function, hence the only way to conclusively establish a TACI mutational defect is to perform genetic testing (TACIF/84388 Transmembrane Activator and CAML Interactor (TACI) Gene, Full Gene Analysis.
Cautions Discusses conditions that may cause diagnostic confusion, including improper specimen collection and handling, inappropriate test selection, and interfering substances
This test should not be ordered serially.
This test should not be ordered for general evaluation of immune competence.
This test is preferable to order ONLY when there is clear evidence for common variable immunodeficiency and/or evidence of dysregulated B cell subsets (which can be obtained through IABCS/88800 B-Cell Phenotyping Profile for Immunodeficiency and Immune Competence Assessment, Blood).
Clinical Reference Provides recommendations for further in-depth reading of a clinical nature
1. Warnatz K, Denz A, Drager R, et al: Severe deficiency of switched memory B cells (CD27+ IgM-IgD-) in subgroups of patients with common variable immunodeficiency: a new approach to classify a heterogeneous disease. Blood 2002;99:1544-1551
2. Grimbacher B, Hutloff A, Schlesier M, et al: Homozygous loss of ICOS is associated with adult-onset common variable immunodeficiency. Nat Immunol 2003;4(3):261-268
3. Salzer U, Chapel HM, Webster ADB, et al: Mutations in TNFRSF13B encoding TACI are associated with common variable immunodeficiency in humans. Nat Genet 2005;37(8):820-828
4. van Zelm M, Reisli I, van der Burg M, et al: An antibody-deficiency syndrome due to mutations in the CD19 gene. New Engl J Med 2006;354:1901-1912
5. Warnatz K, Salzer U, Gutenberger S, et al: Finally found: human BAFF-R deficiency causes hypogammaglobulinemia. Clin Immunol 2005;115(Suppl 1):820
Method Description Describes how the test is performed and provides a method-specific reference
Peripheral blood mononuclear cells are isolated and stained with CD19, TACI, and BAFF-R, each conjugated to a fluorochrome. After the staining with specific antibody, the cells are washed, fixed with paraformaldehyde, and then analyzed by flow cytometry on a BD FACSCanto instrument. The cell-surface expression is denoted as the percent of CD19+ B cells expressing TACI and BAFF-R.(Unpublished Mayo information)
Day(s) and Time(s) Test Performed Outlines the days and times the test is performed. This field reflects the day and time the sample must be in the testing laboratory to begin the testing process and includes any specimen preparation and processing time required before the test is performed. Some tests are listed as continuously performed, which means assays are performed several times during the day.
Monday through Friday
Do not send specimen after Thursday. Specimen must be received by 10 a.m. on Friday.
Analytic Time Defines the amount of time it takes the laboratory to setup and perform the test. This is defined in number of days. The shortest interval of time expressed is "same day/1 day," which means the results may be available the same day that the sample is received in the testing laboratory. One day means results are available 1 day after the sample is received in the laboratory.
Maximum Laboratory Time Defines the maximum time from specimen receipt at Mayo Medical Laboratories until the release of the test result
Specimen Retention Time Outlines the length of time after testing that a specimen is kept in the laboratory before it is discarded
PBMC's are stored for 7 days at -70 degrees C
Performing Laboratory Location The location of the laboratory that performs the test
Test Classification Provides information regarding the medical device classification for laboratory test kits and reagents. Tests may be classified as cleared or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and used per manufacturer's instructions, or as products that do not undergo full FDA review and approval, and are then labeled as an Analyte Specific Reagent (ASR), Investigation Use Only (IUO) product, or a Research Use Only (RUO) product.
This test was developed using an analyte specific reagent. Its performance characteristics were determined by Mayo Clinic in a manner consistent with CLIA requirements. This test has not been cleared or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
CPT Code Information Provides guidance in determining the appropriate Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code(s) information for each test or profile. The listed CPT codes reflect Mayo Medical Laboratories interpretation of CPT coding requirements. It is the responsibility of each laboratory to determine correct CPT codes to use for billing.
88184-Flow cytometry, first marker
88185 x 2-Flow cytometry, each additional marker
LOINC® Code Information Provides guidance in determining the Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC) values for the result codes returned for this test or profile.
|Result ID||Reporting Name||LOINC Code|
|28113||CD19+ TACI+ % of CD19 B cells||In Process|
|28121||CD19+ BAFF-R+ % of CD19 B cells||In Process|