Global gene expression profile progression in Gaucher disease mouse models

The Division of Human Genetics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Research Foundation, Cincinnati, OH 45229-3039, USA.
BMC Genomics (Impact Factor: 3.99). 01/2011; 12(1):20. DOI: 10.1186/1471-2164-12-20
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Gaucher disease is caused by defective glucocerebrosidase activity and the consequent accumulation of glucosylceramide. The pathogenic pathways resulting from lipid laden macrophages (Gaucher cells) in visceral organs and their abnormal functions are obscure.
To elucidate this pathogenic pathway, developmental global gene expression analyses were conducted in distinct Gba1 point-mutated mice (V394L/V394L and D409 V/null). About 0.9 to 3% of genes had altered expression patterns (≥ ± 1.8 fold change), representing several categories, but particularly macrophage activation and immune response genes. Time course analyses (12 to 28 wk) of INFγ-regulated pro-inflammatory (13) and IL-4-regulated anti-inflammatory (11) cytokine/mediator networks showed tissue differential profiles in the lung and liver of the Gba1 mutant mice, implying that the lipid-storage macrophages were not functionally inert. The time course alterations of the INFγ and IL-4 pathways were similar, but varied in degree in these tissues and with the Gba1 mutation.
Biochemical and pathological analyses demonstrated direct relationships between the degree of tissue glucosylceramides and the gene expression profile alterations. These analyses implicate IFNγ-regulated pro-inflammatory and IL-4-regulated anti-inflammatory networks in differential disease progression with implications for understanding the Gaucher disease course and pathophysiology.

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    • "Here, 27 cytokine/macrophage genes in hematopoietic and inflammatory/macrophage networks had increased expression levels, which indicate the cellular and molecular events favored myelopoiesis in the spleen of 9V/null mice. Similar findings in our previous study showed many pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines/mediators were up-regulated with macrophage proliferation in the visceral organs of 9V/null mice [14]. In addition, affected Gaucher disease patients had increased serum levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines, i.e., TNF-α, IL-6, IL-8, IL-1β, sIL-2R and anti-inflammatory cytokines i.e., IL-1rn, sCD14 [71]–[74], which could be the result of PU.1/GATA1 reciprocal effects in the erythropoietic/myelopoietic system and lead to a general lower- expression profiles of genes involved in erythroid proliferation and development [75]. "
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    • "Different studies implicate profound systematic pathophysiological changes rather than simple lipid accumulation as the basis of GD. Previous studies on biochemical and pathological analyses demonstrated a relationship between the amount of tissue glucosylceramides and different gene expression profile alterations [30]. Further it was shown that increases and decreases in glucosylceramide levels can dramatically alter the endocytic targeting of lactosylceramide and suggested a role for glucosylceramide in regulation of membrane transport [31]. "
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