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COVID-19 research

Gene: CCR2

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CCR2 (C-C motif chemokine receptor 2)
EnsemblGeneIds (GRCh38): ENSG00000121807
EnsemblGeneIds (GRCh37): ENSG00000121807
OMIM: 601267, Gene2Phenotype
CCR2 is in 1 panel

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Alison Coffey (Illumina Clinical Services Laboratory, Illumina Inc.)

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Rebecca Foulger (Genomics England curator)

Evidence Summary from Illumina curation team: CCR2 is a chemokine receptor highly expressed on monocytes which is critical for bone marrow egress of classic monocytes and trafficking to sites of inflammation. Ccr2 deficiency in mice markedly increases mortality in West Nile virus encephalitis, with Ccr2-/- mice showing sustained monocytopenia, reduced accumulation of monocytes in the brain and an increase in cerebral viral load (Lim et al, 2011). CCR2 has been reported to mediate increased susceptibility to post-H1N1 bacterial pneumonia by limiting dendritic cell induction of IL-17 (Gurczynski et al, 2019). Nine SNPs in the CCR2 gene have been associated with susceptibility to and severity of several diseases including HIV and hepatitis C virus infection (Stone et al, 2017 Review; Ngoufack et al, 2019).

PMID: 21131425; Lim et al, 2011 - Ccr2-deficiency resulted in markedly increased mortality (~20% survival). This was associated with increased viral load in the CNS of Ccr2-deficient mice on day 12 post-infection. This appeared to be specific to the brain and not in the blood. Monocyte accumulation is strongly reduced in Ccr2-/- mice. Brain tissue from infected Ccr2−/− mice showed markedly fewer immunoreactive cells as evaluated by immunohistochemistry analysis (Fig4).

PMID: 30498200; Gurczynski et al, 2019 - H1N1 infected CCR2−/− mice had significantly higher survival as compared to H1N1 infected WT mice which is associated with significantly improved bacterial clearance at 24 and 48 hours (10 fold and 14 fold, respectively) post-bacterial challenge (with MRSA). In comparison to WT H1N1 infected mice, CCR2−/− mice recruited ~3-fold more IL-17 producing γδ-T cells and ~2.5-fold more Th17 cells (Figure 4B). Expression of CCL2 (MCP-1) in the lung is increased following H1N1 infection or H1N1 / MRSA dual infection as measured via qRT-PCR (Fig1).
Created: 28 May 2020, 3:14 p.m. | Last Modified: 28 May 2020, 3:15 p.m.
Panel Version: 0.348
Identified through an OMIM search for potential viral susceptibility genes, and subsequently triaged/reviewed by Illumina curation team.
Created: 28 May 2020, 12:36 p.m. | Last Modified: 28 May 2020, 3:14 p.m.
Panel Version: 0.348


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28 May 2020, Gel status: 3

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Rebecca Foulger (Genomics England curator)

gene: CCR2 was added gene: CCR2 was added to COVID-19 research. Sources: Expert list,OMIM,Expert Review Green Mode of inheritance for gene: CCR2 was set to Unknown