Omenn syndrome (OS) is an atypical primary immunodeficiency characterized by severe autoimmunity because of activated T cells infiltrating target organs. The impaired recombinase activity in OS severely affects expression of the pre- T-cell receptor complex in immature thymocytes, which is crucial for an efficient development of the thymic epithelial component. Anti-CD3ε monoclonal antibody (mAb) treatment in RAG2 -/- mice was previously shown to mimic pre-TCR signaling promoting thymic expansion. Here we show the effect of anti-CD3ε mAb administration in the RAG2 R229Q mouse model, which closely recapitulates human OS. These animals, in spite of the inability to induce the autoimmune regulator, displayed a significant amelioration in thymic epithelial compartment and an important reduction of peripheral T-cell activation and tissue infiltration. Furthermore, by injecting a high number of RAG2 R229Q progenitors into RAG2 -/- animals previously conditioned with anti-CD3ε mAb, we detected autoimmune regulator expression together with the absence of peripheral immunopathology. These observations indicate that improving epithelial thymic function might ameliorate the detrimental behavior of the cell-autonomous RAG defect. Our data provide important therapeutic proof of concept for future clinical applications of anti-CD3ε mAb treatment in severe combined immunodeficiency forms characterized by poor thymus function and autoimmunity.
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