Objectives: To report the laboratory investigation of a case of severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) with maternal T-cell engraftment, focusing on the interference of human leukocyte antigen (HLA) typing by blood chimerism. Methods: HLA typing was performed with three different methods, including sequence-specific primer (SSP), sequence-specific oligonucleotide, and Sanger sequencing on peripheral blood leukocytes and buccal cells, from a 3-month-old boy and peripheral blood leukocytes from his parents. Short tandem repeat (STR) testing was performed in parallel. Results: HLA typing of the patient's peripheral blood leukocytes using the SSP method demonstrated three different alleles for each of the HLA-B and HLA-C loci, with both maternal alleles present at each locus. Typing results from the patient's buccal cells showed a normal pattern of inheritance for paternal and maternal haplotypes. STR enrichment testing of the patient's CD3+ T lymphocytes and CD15+ myeloid cells confirmed maternal T-cell engraftment, while the myeloid cell profile matched the patient's buccal cells. Conclusions: Maternal T-cell engraftment may interfere with HLA typing in patients with SCID. Selection of the appropriate typing methods and specimens is critical for accurate HLA typing and immunologic assessment before allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)251-257
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican journal of clinical pathology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2016


  • HLA typing
  • Maternal T-cell engraftment
  • Sanger sequencing
  • Sequence-specific oligonucleotide
  • Sequence-specific primer
  • Severe combined immunodeficiency
  • Short tandem repeat


Dive into the research topics of 'Maternal T-cell engraftment interferes with human leukocyte antigen typing in severe combined immunodeficiency'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this