Journal article

Novel roles for erythroid Ankyrin-1 revealed through an ENU-induced null mouse mutant

Gerhard Rank, Rosemary Sutton, Vikki Marshall, Rachel J Lundie, Jacinta Caddy, Tony Romeo, Kate Fernandez, Matthew P McCormack, Brian M Cooke, Simon J Foote, Brendan S Crabb, David J Curtis, Douglas J Hilton, Benjamin T Kile, Stephen M Jane

BLOOD | AMER SOC HEMATOLOGY | Published : 2009


Insights into the role of ankyrin-1 (ANK-1) in the formation and stabilization of the red cell cytoskeleton have come from studies on the nb/nb mice, which carry hypomorphic alleles of Ank-1. Here, we revise several paradigms established in the nb/nb mice through analysis of an N-ethyl-N-nitrosourea (ENU)-induced Ank-1-null mouse. Mice homozygous for the Ank-1 mutation are profoundly anemic in utero and most die perinatally, indicating that Ank-1 plays a nonredundant role in erythroid development. The surviving pups exhibit features of severe hereditary spherocytosis (HS), with marked hemolysis, jaundice, compensatory extramedullary erythropoiesis, and tissue iron overload. Red cell membrane..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors thank Xiuli An and Connie Birkenmeier for the kind gift of reagents; Alana Auden, Sarah King, Loretta Cerruti, and Jason Corbin for excellent technical assistance; and Lan Ta and WEHI Bioservices staff for outstanding animal husbandry.This work was supported by grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (NHMRC; no. 382900); fellowships from the NHMRC to D.J.H., S.M.J.; a fellowship of the Australian Research Council to B. T. K.; and a Program Grant from the National Institutes of Health (Bethesda, MD; PO1 HL53749-03).