Murine models of paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria

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Abstract

Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) is an acquired clonal disorder characterized by chronic intravascular hemolysis, cytopenia, and an increased tendency to thrombosis. All patients with PNH studied so far have a somatic mutation of phosphatidyl inositol glycan complementation group A (PIG-A), an X-linked gene involved initially in the biosynthesis of the glycosyl phosphatidylinositol (GPI) molecule, which serves as an anchor for many cell surface proteins. The mutation occurs in a hematopoietic stem cell, and consequently, all cells derived from the mutated stem cell are devoid of GPI-linked proteins. The absence of GPI-linked proteins explains some clinical symptoms of the disease but not the mechanism that allows the expansion of the mutated clone. By using targeted disruption of the PIG-A gene in mouse embryonic stem cells, some mice models of PNH have been generated. These animals have a discrete proportion of blood cells devoid of GPI-linked proteins, and although not anemic, they have evidence of hemolysis. The clinical course of these animals is benign, and there are no signs of a substantial expansion of the PNH clone, as observed in human patients. The fact that these animals do not develop the disease strongly supports the notion that a mutation of PIG-A is not sufficient per se to cause PNH and that another factor, namely, bone marrow failure, is necessary to allow proliferation and expansion of the PNH clone.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)290-296
Number of pages7
JournalAnnals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Volume963
Publication statusPublished - 2002

Keywords

  • Cre/loxP
  • Knockout mice
  • Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria
  • Phosphatidyl inositol glycan complementation group A
  • PIG-A

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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