Nov 5, 1999

Perlecan is essential for cartilage and cephalic development

Nature Genetics
Eri Arikawa-HirasawaY Yamada

Abstract

Perlecan, a large, multi-domain, heparan sulfate proteoglycan originally identified in basement membrane, interacts with extracellular matrix proteins, growth factors and receptors, and influences cellular signalling. Perlecan is present in a variety of basement membranes and in other extracellular matrix structures. We have disrupted the gene encoding perlecan (Hspg2) in mice. Approximately 40% of Hspg2-/- mice died at embryonic day (E) 10.5 with defective cephalic development. The remaining Hspg2-/- mice died just after birth with skeletal dysplasia characterized by micromelia with broad and bowed long bones, narrow thorax and craniofacial abnormalities. Only 6% of Hspg2-/- mice developed both exencephaly and chondrodysplasia. Hspg2-/- cartilage showed severe disorganization of the columnar structures of chondrocytes and defective endochondral ossification. Hspg2-/- cartilage matrix contained reduced and disorganized collagen fibrils and glycosaminoglycans, suggesting that perlecan has an important role in matrix structure. In Hspg2-/- cartilage, proliferation of chondrocytes was reduced and the prehypertrophic zone was diminished. The abnormal phenotypes of the Hspg2-/- skeleton are similar to those of thanatophoric dysplasi...Continue Reading

Mentioned in this Paper

Embryo
Thanatophoric Dysplasia, TYPE I (Disorder)
Biochemical Pathway
Chondrodysplasia
Endochondral Ossification
Glycosaminoglycans
Hspg2
Fgfr3 protein, mouse
Chondrodysplasia Punctata
Extracellular Matrix

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