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Abe, K.* ; Cox, A.* ; Takamatsu, N.* ; Velez, G.* ; Laxer, R.M.* ; Tse, S.M.L.* ; Mahajan, V.B.* ; Bassuk, A.G.* ; Fuchs, H. ; Ferguson, P.J.* ; Hrabě de Angelis, M.

Gain-of-function mutations in a member of the Src family kinases cause autoinflammatory bone disease in mice and humans.

Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 116, 11872-11877 (2019)
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Autoinflammatory syndromes are characterized by dysregulation of the innate immune response with subsequent episodes of acute spontaneous inflammation. Chronic recurrent multifocal osteomyelitis (CRMO) is an autoinflammatory bone disorder that presents with bone pain and localized swelling. Ali18 mice, isolated from a mutagenesis screen, exhibit a spontaneous inflammatory paw phenotype that includes sterile osteomyelitis and systemic reduced bone mineral density. To elucidate the molecular basis of the disease, positional cloning of the causative gene for Ali18 was attempted. Using a candidate gene approach, a missense mutation in the C-terminal region of Fgr, a member of Src family tyrosine kinases (SFKs), was identified. For functional confirmation, additional mutations at the N terminus of Fgr were introduced in Ali18 mice by CRISPR/Cas9-mediated genome editing. N-terminal deleterious mutations of Fgr abolished the inflammatory phenotype in Ali18 mice, but in-frame and missense mutations in the same region continue to exhibit the phenotype. The fact that Fgr null mutant mice are morphologically normal suggests that the inflammation in this model depends on Fgr products. Furthermore, the levels of C-terminal negative regulatory phosphorylation of Fgr(Ali18) are distinctly reduced compared with that of wild-type Fgr. In addition, whole-exome sequencing of 99 CRMO patients including 88 trios (proband and parents) identified 13 patients with heterozygous coding sequence variants in FGR, including two missense mutant proteins that affect kinase activity. Our results strongly indicate that gain-of-function mutations in Fgr are involved in sterile osteomyelitis, and thus targeting SFKs using specific inhibitors may allow for efficient treatment of the disease.
chronic recurrent multifocal osteomyelitis; Autoinflammation; mouse model; tyrosine; kinase; bone destruction
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Publication type Article: Journal article
Document type Scientific Article
Keywords Chronic Recurrent Multifocal Osteomyelitis ; Autoinflammation ; Mouse Model ; Tyrosine Kinase ; Bone Destruction; Recurrent Multifocal Osteomyelitis; Tyrosine Kinase; Inflammatory Arthritis; Missense Mutation; Domain; Cells; Ali18; Fgr; Autoimmunity; Pathogenesis
ISSN (print) / ISBN 0027-8424
e-ISSN 1091-6490
Quellenangaben Volume: 116, Issue: 24, Pages: 11872-11877 Article Number: , Supplement: ,
Publisher National Academy of Sciences
Publishing Place 2101 Constitution Ave Nw, Washington, Dc 20418 Usa
Reviewing status Peer reviewed