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  • Hytönen, Marjo Kristiina; Arumilli, Meharji; Lappalainen, Anu K.; Kallio, Heli; Snellman, Marjatta; Sainio, Kirsi; Lohi, Hannes (2012)
  • GEMSTONE Working Grp 3 COST Action; Formosa, Melissa M.; Bergen, Dylan J. M.; Gregson, Celia L.; Mäkitie, Outi (2021)
    Genetic disorders of the skeleton encompass a diverse group of bone diseases differing in clinical characteristics, severity, incidence and molecular etiology. Of particular interest are the monogenic rare bone mass disorders, with the underlying genetic defect contributing to either low or high bone mass phenotype. Extensive, deep phenotyping coupled with high-throughput, cost-effective genotyping is crucial in the characterization and diagnosis of affected individuals. Massive parallel sequencing efforts have been instrumental in the discovery of novel causal genes that merit functional validation using in vitro and ex vivo cell-based techniques, and in vivo models, mainly mice and zebrafish. These translational models also serve as an excellent platform for therapeutic discovery, bridging the gap between basic science research and the clinic. Altogether, genetic studies of monogenic rare bone mass disorders have broadened our knowledge on molecular signaling pathways coordinating bone development and metabolism, disease inheritance patterns, development of new and improved bone biomarkers, and identification of novel drug targets. In this comprehensive review we describe approaches to further enhance the innovative processes taking discoveries from clinic to bench, and then back to clinic in rare bone mass disorders. We highlight the importance of cross laboratory collaboration to perform functional validation in multiple model systems after identification of a novel disease gene. We describe the monogenic forms of rare low and high rare bone mass disorders known to date, provide a roadmap to unravel the genetic determinants of monogenic rare bone mass disorders using proper phenotyping and genotyping methods, and describe different genetic validation approaches paving the way for future treatments.
  • Mäkitie, Riikka E.; Henning, Petra; Jiu, Yaming; Kämpe, Anders; Kogan, Konstantin; Costantini, Alice; Välimäki, Ville-Valtteri; Medina-Gomez, Carolina; Pekkinen, Minna; Salusky, Isidro B.; Schalin-Jäntti, Camilla; Haanpää, Maria K.; Rivadeneira, Fernando; Bassett, John H. Duncan; Williams, Graham R.; Lerner, Ulf H.; Pereira, Renata C.; Lappalainen, Pekka; Mäkitie, Outi (2021)
    Ras homologous guanosine triphosphatases (RhoGTPases) control several cellular functions, including cytoskeletal actin remodeling and cell migration. Their activities are downregulated by GTPase-activating proteins (GAPs). Although RhoGTPases are implicated in bone remodeling and osteoclast and osteoblast function, their significance in human bone health and disease remains elusive. Here, we report defective RhoGTPase regulation as a cause of severe, early-onset, autosomal-dominant skeletal fragility in a three-generation Finnish family. Affected individuals (n = 13) presented with multiple low-energy peripheral and vertebral fractures despite normal bone mineral density (BMD). Bone histomorphometry suggested reduced bone volume, low surface area covered by osteoblasts and osteoclasts, and low bone turnover. Exome sequencing identified a novel heterozygous missense variant c.652G>A (p.G218R) in ARHGAP25, encoding a GAP for Rho-family GTPase Rac1. Variants in the ARHGAP25 5 ' untranslated region (UTR) also associated with BMD and fracture risk in the general population, across multiple genomewide association study (GWAS) meta-analyses (lead variant rs10048745). ARHGAP25 messenger RNA (mRNA) was expressed in macrophage colony-stimulating factor (M-CSF)-stimulated human monocytes and mouse osteoblasts, indicating a possible role for ARHGAP25 in osteoclast and osteoblast differentiation and activity. Studies on subject-derived osteoclasts from peripheral blood mononuclear cells did not reveal robust defects in mature osteoclast formation or resorptive activity. However, analysis of osteosarcoma cells overexpressing the ARHGAP25 G218R-mutant, combined with structural modeling, confirmed that the mutant protein had decreased GAP-activity against Rac1, resulting in elevated Rac1 activity, increased cell spreading, and membrane ruffling. Our findings indicate that mutated ARHGAP25 causes aberrant Rac1 function and consequently abnormal bone metabolism, highlighting the importance of RhoGAP signaling in bone metabolism in familial forms of skeletal fragility and in the general population, and expanding our understanding of the molecular pathways underlying skeletal fragility. (c) 2021 The Authors. JBMR Plus published by Wiley Periodicals LLC on behalf of American Society for Bone and Mineral Research.
  • Skarp, Sini; Xia, Ji-Han; Zhang, Qin; Löija, Marika; Costantini, Alice; Ruddock, Lloyd W.; Mäkitie, Outi; Wei, Gong-Hong; Männikkö, Minna (2020)
    We studied a family with severe primary osteoporosis carrying a heterozygous p.Arg8Phefs*14 deletion in COL1A2, leading to haploinsufficiency. Three affected individuals carried the mutation and presented nearly identical spinal fractures but lacked other typical features of either osteogenesis imperfecta or Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. Although mutations leading to haploinsufficiency in COL1A2 are rare, mutations in COL1A1 that lead to less protein typically result in a milder phenotype. We hypothesized that other genetic factors may contribute to the severe phenotype in this family. We performed whole-exome sequencing in five family members and identified in all three affected individuals a rare nonsense variant (c.1282C > T/p.Arg428*, rs150257846) in ZNF528. We studied the effect of the variant using qPCR and Western blot and its subcellular localization with immunofluorescence. Our results indicate production of a truncated ZNF528 protein that locates in the cell nucleus as per the wild-type protein. ChIP and RNA sequencing analyses on ZNF528 and ZNF528-c.1282C > T indicated that ZNF528 binding sites are linked to pathways and genes regulating bone morphology. Compared with the wild type, ZNF528-c.1282C > T showed a global shift in genomic binding profile and pathway enrichment, possibly contributing to the pathophysiology of primary osteoporosis. We identified five putative target genes for ZNF528 and showed that the expression of these genes is altered in patient cells. In conclusion, the variant leads to expression of truncated ZNF528 and a global change of its genomic occupancy, which in turn may lead to altered expression of target genes. ZNF528 is a novel candidate gene for bone disorders and may function as a transcriptional regulator in pathways affecting bone morphology and contribute to the phenotype of primary osteoporosis in this family together with the COL1A2 deletion. (c) 2020 The Authors.Journal of Bone and Mineral Researchpublished by Wiley Periodicals LLC on behalf of American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR).
  • Mäkitie, Riikka E.; Niinimaki, Tuukka; Nieminen, Miika T.; Schalin-Jantti, Camilla; Niinimaki, Jaakko; Makitie, Outi (2017)
    Background: WNT signaling plays a major role in bone and cartilage metabolism. Impaired WNT/beta-catenin signaling leads to early-onset osteoporosis, but specific features in bone and other tissues remain inadequately characterized. We have identified two large Finnish families with early-onset osteoporosis due to a heterozygous WNT1 mutation c.652T>G, p.C218G. This study evaluated the impact of impaired WNT/beta-catenin signaling on spinal structures. Methods: Altogether 18 WNT1 mutation-positive (age range 11-76 years, median 49 years) and 14 mutation negative subjects (10-77 years, median 43 years) underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the spine. The images were reviewed for spinal alignment, vertebral compression fractures, intervertebral disc changes and possible endplate deterioration. The findings were correlated with clinical data. Results: Vertebral compression fractures were present in 78% (7/9) of those aged over 50 years but were not seen in younger mutation-positive subjects. All those with fractures had several severely compressed vertebrae. Altogether spinal compression fractures were present in 39% of those with a WNT1 mutation. Only 14% (2/14) mutation -negative subjects had one mild compressed vertebra each. The mutation-positive subjects had a higher mean spinal deformity index (4.0 +/- 7.3 vs 0.0 +/- 0.4) and more often increased thoracic kyphosis (Z-score > + 2.0 in 33% vs 0%). Further, they had more often Schmorl nodes (61% vs 36%), already in adolescence, and their intervertebral discs were enlarged. Conclusion: Compromised WNT signaling introduces severe and progressive changes to the spinal structures. Schmorl nodes are prevalent even at an early age and increased thoracic kyphosis and compression fractures become evident after the age of 50 years. Therapies targeting the WNT pathway may be an effective way to prevent spinal pathology not only in those harboring a mutation but also in the general population with similar pathology. (C) 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
  • Manousaki, Despoina; Kampe, Anders; Forgetta, Vincenzo; Makitie, Riikka E.; Bardai, Ghalib; Belisle, Alexandre; Li, Rui; Andersson, Sture; Makitie, Outi; Rauch, Frank; Richards, J. Brent (2020)
    Extreme presentations of common disease in children are often presumed to be of Mendelian etiology, but their polygenic basis has not been fully explored. We tested whether children with significant fracture history and no osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) are at increased polygenic risk for fracture. A childhood significant fracture history was defined as the presence of low-trauma vertebral fractures or multiple long bone fractures. We generated a polygenic score of heel ultrasound-derived speed of sound, termed "gSOS," which predicts risk of osteoporotic fracture. We tested if individuals from three cohorts with significant childhood fracture history had lower gSOS. A Canadian cohort included 94 children with suspected Mendelian osteoporosis, of which 68 had negative OI gene panel. Two Finnish cohorts included 59 children with significant fracture history and 22 with suspected Mendelian osteoporosis, among which 18 had no OI. After excluding individuals with OI and ancestral outliers, we generated gSOS estimates and compared their mean to that of a UK Biobank subset, representing the general population. The average gSOS across all three cohorts (n = 131) was -0.47 SD lower than that in UK Biobank (n = 80,027, p = 1.1 x 10(-5)). The gSOS of 78 individuals with suspected Mendelian osteoporosis was even lower (-0.76 SD, p = 5.3 x 10(-10)). Among the 131 individuals with a significant fracture history, we observed 8 individuals with gSOS below minus 2 SD from the mean; their mean lumbar spine DXA-derived bone mineral density Z-score was -1.7 (SD 0.8). In summary, children with significant fracture history but no OI have an increased burden of common risk alleles. This suggests that a polygenic contribution to disease should be considered in children with extreme presentations of fracture. (c) 2020 American Society for Bone and Mineral Research.
  • Kämpe, A. J.; Costantini, A.; Makitie, R. E.; Jäntti, N.; Valta, H.; Mäyränpää, M.; Kröger, H.; Pekkinen, M.; Taylan, F.; Jiao, H.; Mäkitie, O. (2017)
    The Summary Altogether 95 children with primary bone fragility were screened for variants in PLS3, the gene underlying X-linked osteoporosis. Two children with multiple peripheral and spinal fractures and low BMD had novel disease-causing PLS3 variants. Children with milder phenotypes had no pathogenic variants. PLS3 screening is indicated in childhood-onset primary osteoporosis. Introduction The study aimed to determine the role of pathogenic PLS3 variants in children's bone fragility and to elucidate the associated phenotypic features. Methods Two cohorts of children with bone fragility were screened for variants in PLS3, the gene underlying X-linked osteoporosis. Cohort I comprised 31 patients with childhood-onset primary osteoporosis of unknown etiology. Cohort II comprised 64 children who had sustained multiple fractures but were otherwise healthy. Clinical and radiological data were reviewed. Peripheral blood DNA was Sanger sequenced for coding exons and flanking intronic regions of PLS3. Results In two patients of cohort I, where other common genetic causes had been excluded, we identified two novel disease-causing PLS3 variants. Patient 1 was a male with bilateral femoral fractures at 10 years, low BMD (Z-score -4.1; 18 years), and multiple vertebral compression fractures. He had a novel nonsense variant in PLS3. Patient 2 was a girl with multiple long bone and vertebral fractures and low BMD (Z-score -6.6 at 6 years). She had a de novo missense variant in PLS3; whole exome sequencing and array-CGH identified no other genetic causes. Iliac crest bone biopsies confirmed low-turnover osteoporosis in both patients. In cohort II, no pathogenic PLS3 variants were identified in any of the subjects. Conclusion Two novel disease-causing variants in PLS3 were identified in a boy and a girl with multiple peripheral and spinal fractures and very low BMD while no pathogenic variants were identified in children with less severe skeletal fragility. PLS3 screening is warranted in male and female patients with childhood-onset primary osteoporosis.
  • Mäkitie, Riikka E.; Hackl, Matthias; Weigl, Moritz; Frischer, Amelie; Kämpe, Anders; Costantini, Alice; Grillari, Johannes; Mäkitie, Outi (2020)
    Plastin 3 (PLS3), encoded byPLS3, is a newly recognized regulator of bone metabolism, and mutations in the encoding gene result in severe childhood-onset osteoporosis. Because it is an X chromosomal gene,PLS3mutation-positive males are typically more severely affected whereas females portray normal to increased skeletal fragility. Despite the severe skeletal pathology, conventional metabolic bone markers tend to be normal and are thus insufficient for diagnosing or monitoring patients. Our study aimed to explore serum microRNA (miRNA) concentrations in subjects with defective PLS3 function to identify novel markers that could differentiate subjects according to mutation status and give insight into the molecular mechanisms by which PLS3 regulates skeletal health. We analyzed fasting serum samples for a custom-designed panel comprising 192 miRNAs in 15 mutation-positive (five males, age range 8-76 years, median 41 years) and 14 mutation-negative (six males, age range 8-69 years, median 40 years) subjects from four Finnish families with differentPLS3mutations. We identified a unique miRNA expression profile in the mutation-positive subjects with seven significantly upregulated or downregulated miRNAs (miR-93-3p, miR-532-3p, miR-133a-3p, miR-301b-3p, miR-181c-5p, miR-203a-3p, and miR-590-3p;pvalues, range .004-.044). Surprisingly, gender subgroup analysis revealed the difference to be even more distinct in female mutation-positive subjects (congruentpvalues, range .007-.086) than in males (pvalues, range .127-.843) in comparison to corresponding mutation-negative subjects. Although the seven identified miRNAs have all been linked to bone metabolism and two of them (miR-181c-5p and miR-203a-3p) have bioinformatically predicted targets in thePLS33 ' untranslated region (3 '-UTR), none have previously been reported to associate with PLS3. Our results indicate thatPLS3mutations are reflected in altered serum miRNA levels and suggest there is crosstalk between PLS3 and these miRNAs in bone metabolism. These provide new understanding of the pathomechanisms by which mutations inPLS3lead to skeletal disease and may provide novel avenues for exploring miRNAs as biomarkers in PLS3 osteoporosis or as target molecules in future therapeutic applications. (c) 2020 The Authors.Journal of Bone and Mineral Researchpublished by American Society for Bone and Mineral Research.