• Authors: Oh, C., Ryoo, J., Park, K., Kim, B., Daly, M. B., Cho, D., Ahn, K.
  • Year: 2018
  • Journal: Sci Rep 8 84
  • Applications: in vitro / siRNA / INTERFERin
  • Cell type: Human PBMC
    Description: Human peripheral blood mononuclear cells


The autoimmune disorder Aicardi-Goutieres syndrome (AGS) is characterized by a constitutive type I interferon response. SAMHD1 possesses both dNTPase and RNase activities and mutations in SAMHD1 cause AGS; however, how SAMHD1-deficiency causes the type I interferon response in patients with AGS remains unknown. Here, we show that endogenous RNA substrates accumulated in the absence of SAMHD1 act as a major immunogenic source for the type I interferon response. Reconstitution of SAMHD1-negative human cells with wild-type but not RNase-defective SAMHD1 abolishes spontaneous type I interferon induction. We further identify that the PI3K/AKT/IRF3 signaling pathway is essential for the type I interferon response in SAMHD1-deficient human monocytic cells. Treatment of PI3K or AKT inhibitors dramatically reduces the type I interferon signatures in SAMHD1-deficient cells. Moreover, SAMHD1/AKT1 double knockout relieves the type I interferon signatures to the levels observed for wild-type cells. Identification of AGS-related RNA sensing pathway provides critical insights into the molecular pathogenesis of the type I interferonopathies such as AGS and overlapping autoimmune disorders.