Encyclopedia of Medical Immunology

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X-Linked Neutropenia/Myelodysplasia

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-9209-2_138-1



X-linked neutropenia (OMIM #300299) is an X-linked form of severe non-syndromic congenital neutropenia, caused by mutation in the WASP gene (OMIM 300392) mapped to the short arm of the X chromosome, Xp11.23.


X-linked neutropenia (XLN) is a rare severe congenital neutropenia (SCN) due to an activating mutation of WASP gene. As a result, the gene product Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome protein (WASP) is overactive. Mutations of the WASP gene are responsible for three distinct phenotypes: X-linked thrombocytopenia (XLT), classic Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome (WAS), and XLN. XLN is characterized by profound neutropenia, associated with monocytopenia and T lymphopenia, and an increased risk of myelodysplasia (MDS) and acute myeloid leukemia (AML). XLN is a rare cause of severe congenital neutropenias affecting about 2% of cases (Ochs 2009; Skokowa et al. 2017; Spoor et al. 2019).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Clinical Immunology and Allergy, Department of Clinical MedicineState University of Campinas (UNICAMP)CampinasBrazil

Section editors and affiliations

  • Antonio Condino-Neto
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ImmunologyInstitute of Biomedical Sciences – University of São PauloSão PauloBrazil