Cmv seropositive status increases heparanase snps regulatory activity, risk of acute gvhd and yield of cd34+ cell mobilization

Olga Ostrovsky*, Katia Beider, Yan Morgulis, Nira Bloom, Angel Cid-Arregui, Avichai Shimoni, Israel Vlodavsky, Arnon Nagler

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Heparanase is an endo-β-glucuronidase that is best known for its pro-cancerous effects but is also implicated in the pathogenesis of various viruses. Activation of heparanase is a common strategy to increase viral spread and trigger the subsequent inflammatory cascade. Using a Single Nu-cleotide Polymorphisms (SNP)-associated approach we identified enhancer and insulator regions that regulate HPSE expression. Although a role for heparanase in viral infection has been noticed, the im-pact of HPSE functional SNPs has not been determined. We investigated the effect of cytomegalovirus (CMV) serostatus on the involvement of HPSE enhancer and insulator functional SNPs in the risk of acute graft versus host disease (GVHD) and granulocyte-colony stimulating factor related CD34+ mobilization. A significant correlation between the C alleles of insulator rs4364254 and rs4426765 and CMV seropositivity was found in healthy donors and patients with hematological malignancies. The risk of developing acute GVHD after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation was identified only in CMV-seropositive patients. A significant correlation between the enhancer rs4693608 and insulator rs28649799 and CD34+ cell mobilization was demonstrated in the CMV-seropositive donors. It is thus conceivable that latent CMV infection modulates heparanase regulatory regions and enhances the effect of functional SNPs on heparanase function in normal and pathological processes.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3489
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2021
Externally publishedYes


FundersFunder number
DKFZ-MOST cancer research program
Israel Cancer Research Fund
Israel Science Foundation1021/19


    • Acute GVHD
    • Allogeneic HSCT
    • CMV
    • Enhancer
    • G-CSF-mobilization
    • HPSE gene
    • Insulator
    • SNPs


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