Mineralisation of collagen rich soft tissues and osteocyte lacunae in Enpp1−/− mice

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Bone. 2014 Sep 28;69C:139-147. doi: 10.1016/j.bone.2014.09.016. [Epub ahead of print]

This study examined the role of NPP1 in osteocytes, osteoclasts and cortical bone, using a mouse model lacking NPP1 (Enpp1−/−) he cortical bone from Enpp1−/− mice was thinner and less porous, with a larger marrow space. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) revealed a decrease in the size and number of blood vessel channels in the cortical bone as well as a 40% reduction in the mean plan area of osteocyte lacunae. We noted that the number of viable osteocytes isolated from the long bones of Enpp1−/− mice was decreased ≤50%. In contrast, osteoclast formation and resorptive activity were unaffected by NPP1 deletion. μCT and histological analysis of Enpp1−/− mice also revealed calcification of the joints and vertebrae as well as soft tissues including the whisker follicles, ear pinna and trachea. This calcification worsened as the animals aged. Together, these data highlight the key role of NPP1 in regulating calcification of both soft and skeletal tissues

Autor: Mark O.R.Hajjawi,V.E.MacRae,C. Huesa, A. Boyde, J. L. Millán,Timothy R. Arnett, Isabel R. Orriss
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