Hematological defects in the oc/oc mouse, a model of infantile malignant osteopetrosis.
C Blin-Wakkach, A Wakkach, PM Sexton, N Rochet, GF Carle
Leukemia | Springer Science and Business Media LLC | Published : 2004
Infantile malignant osteopetrosis (IMO) is a rare and lethal disease characterized by an absence of bone resorption due to inactive OCLs. Affected patients display an increased bone mass and hematological defects. The osteopetrotic oc/oc mouse displays a bone phenotype similar to the one observed in IMO patients, and the same gene, Tcirg1, is mutated in this model and in the majority of these patients. Therefore, we explored in oc/oc mice the consequences of the perturbed bone microenvironment on hematopoiesis. We show that the myelomonocytic differentiation is increased, leading to an elevated number of OCLs and dendritic cells. B lymphopoiesis is blocked at the pro-B stage in the bone marr..View full abstract