Single-cell RNA-seq reveals cell type-specific molecular and genetic associations to lupus

Richard K. Perez, M. Grace Gordon, Meena Subramaniam, Min Cheol Kim, George C. Hartoularos, Sasha Targ, Yang Sun, Anton Ogorodnikov, Raymund Bueno, Andrew Lu, Mike Thompson, Nadav Rappoport, Andrew Dahl, Cristina M. Lanata, Mehrdad Matloubian, Lenka Maliskova, Serena S. Kwek, Tony Li, Michal Slyper, Julia WaldmanDanielle Dionne, Orit Rozenblatt-Rosen, Lawrence Fong, Maria Dall'Era, Brunilda Balliu, Aviv Regev, Jinoos Yazdany, Lindsey A. Criswell, Noah Zaitlen, Chun Jimmie Ye

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Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a heterogeneous autoimmune disease. Knowledge of circulating immune cell types and states associated with SLE remains incomplete. We profiled more than 1.2 million peripheral blood mononuclear cells (162 cases, 99 controls) with multiplexed single-cell RNA sequencing (mux-seq). Cases exhibited elevated expression of type 1 interferon-stimulated genes (ISGs) in monocytes, reduction of naïve CD4+ T cells that correlated with monocyte ISG expression, and expansion of repertoirerestricted cytotoxic GZMH+ CD8+ T cells. Cell type-specific expression features predicted case-control status and stratified patients into two molecular subtypes. We integrated dense genotyping data to map cell type- specific cis-expression quantitative trait loci and to link SLE-associated variants to cell type-specific expression. These results demonstrate mux-seq as a systematic approach to characterize cellular composition, identify transcriptional signatures, and annotate genetic variants associated with SLE.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberabf1970
Issue number6589
StatePublished - 8 Apr 2022

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