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Is double inactivation of the Nf1 gene responsible for the development of congenital pseudarthrosis of the tibia associated with NF1?

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Lee, Sang Min; Choi, In Ho; Lee, Dong Yeon; Lee, Hye Ran; Park, Moon Seok; Yoo, Won Joon; Chung, Chin Youb; Cho, Tae-Joon

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Elsevier BV
Journal of Orthopaedic Research, Vol.30 No.10, pp.1535-1540
The pathogenic mechanism responsible for congenital pseudarthrosis of the tibia (CPT) is not well understood although the possibility of double inactivation of the neurofibromatosis type 1 (Nf1) gene has been suggested. In the present study, loss of heterozygosity was investigated in fibrous hamartoma tissues harvested from 16 patients with CPT associated with NF1 using four genetic markers that span the Nf1 gene. Based on the assumption that a single cell with double inactivation of Nf1 would undergo clonal growth and cause fibrous hamartoma, we investigated clonality in fibrous hamartoma tissues by analyzing X-chromosome inactivation patterns in 11 female patients. Loss of Nf1 heterozygosity in fibrous hamartoma tissues was observed at one or two genetic markers in 4 out of the 16 patients tested. In clonality assays, 3 of 11 patients showed a clonal growth pattern, 5 a non-clonal pattern, and 3 were non-informative. These findings support that double inactivation of the Nf1 gene and subsequent clonal growth could be a pathogenic feature of the fibrous hamartoma tissue at least in some of the CPT but might not be essential requirements of CPT development. (c) 2012 Orthopaedic Research Society. Published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Orthop Res 30:15351540, 2012
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