Pression pattern is suggestive of functions in many organs [8,9]. In mammalian

Pression pattern is suggestive of functions in many organs [8,9]. In mammalian skin, Fatp4 protein is localized to the stratum granulosum and the stratum spinosum [9?1]. The physiological role of Fatp4 has been studied using mouse models. A retrotransposon insertion into exon 3 of Fatp4 was identified in an autosomal recessive mouse mutant termed wrinklefree (wrfr) [12]. Independently, a targeted knock-out of Fatp4 (that affects exon 3) was generated and characterized [10]. In bothA New Mouse Model for Congenital Ichthyosiscases, mutant mice are born with tight, thick, shiny skin and a defective skin barrier [10,12]. The mutant mice die shortly after birth. In a third mouse model, deletion of Fatp4 exons 2 and 3 was found to result in embryonic lethality prior to embryonic day 9.5 [13]. The reason for this discrepancy remains unknown. Fatp4 has also been conditionally BTZ043 deleted in the adult mice [9]. By gross appearance these mice appear normal, but mild histological abnormalities are present in the epidermis, supporting a role for Fatp4 in skin homeostasis [9]. Using a transgenic approach, expression of Fatp4 in suprabasal keratinocytes was found to be sufficient to rescue the wrfr mutant phenotype, resulting in MedChemExpress Solvent Yellow 14 viable and fertile mice [8]. The Fatp4 mutant mice were initiatively suggested to be a mouse model for a very rare human genetic disorder, lethal restrictive dermopathy [1,10,12,14]. Restrictive dermopathy in humans has now been linked to mutations in the zinc metalloproteinase ZMPSTE24 whereas mutations in Fatp4 in humans cause ichthyosis prematurity syndrome (IPS) [11,15]. IPS is a rare disorder of cornification classified as one of the autosomalrecessive congenital ichthyoses [16]. Key features in IPS are complications resulting from prematurity born with thick caseous desquamating epidermis, typically showing lipid membrane packages in the granular and cornified cells, then a lifelong nonscaly ichthyosis with dermal atopic dermatitis-like inflammation and severe itching [17]. In the current study, we describe the identification and characterization of a spontaneous mutation in mouse Fatp4 that results in autosomal recessive congenital ichthyosis. At birth, the mutant mice have smooth hyperkeratotic skin that is stretched so tightly that they are unable to extend their limbs or to straighten their torso. Histological studies revealed defects in epidermal differentiation and cornification. The mutation was mapped tochromosome 2, band A3/B, by SNP analysis, thus suggesting Fatp4/Slc27a4 as a candidate gene. Sequencing studies revealed a spontaneous mutation in the splice donor sequence at the 39-end of exon 9, resulting in exon skipping, a shift in reading frame, and the presence of a premature stop codon. The mutation results in loss of the C-terminal 243 amino acids of Fatp4, including the VLACS domain. The Fatp4 mutant mice exhibit alterations in the stratum corneum that are similar to the defects seen in IPS [11], presumably reflecting a role for very long chain fatty acids in the formation and function of lamellar bodies. The Fatp4 mutants also show basal cell hyperproliferation and a reduction in secondary hair follicle induction, suggesting the possibility that very long chain fatty acids synthesized in the superficial epidermis may, directly or indirectly, help to establish the proper prenatal balance between proliferation and differentiation of the basal cells.Materials and Methods SNP Mapping, RT-PCR, and SequencingGen.Pression pattern is suggestive of functions in many organs [8,9]. In mammalian skin, Fatp4 protein is localized to the stratum granulosum and the stratum spinosum [9?1]. The physiological role of Fatp4 has been studied using mouse models. A retrotransposon insertion into exon 3 of Fatp4 was identified in an autosomal recessive mouse mutant termed wrinklefree (wrfr) [12]. Independently, a targeted knock-out of Fatp4 (that affects exon 3) was generated and characterized [10]. In bothA New Mouse Model for Congenital Ichthyosiscases, mutant mice are born with tight, thick, shiny skin and a defective skin barrier [10,12]. The mutant mice die shortly after birth. In a third mouse model, deletion of Fatp4 exons 2 and 3 was found to result in embryonic lethality prior to embryonic day 9.5 [13]. The reason for this discrepancy remains unknown. Fatp4 has also been conditionally deleted in the adult mice [9]. By gross appearance these mice appear normal, but mild histological abnormalities are present in the epidermis, supporting a role for Fatp4 in skin homeostasis [9]. Using a transgenic approach, expression of Fatp4 in suprabasal keratinocytes was found to be sufficient to rescue the wrfr mutant phenotype, resulting in viable and fertile mice [8]. The Fatp4 mutant mice were initiatively suggested to be a mouse model for a very rare human genetic disorder, lethal restrictive dermopathy [1,10,12,14]. Restrictive dermopathy in humans has now been linked to mutations in the zinc metalloproteinase ZMPSTE24 whereas mutations in Fatp4 in humans cause ichthyosis prematurity syndrome (IPS) [11,15]. IPS is a rare disorder of cornification classified as one of the autosomalrecessive congenital ichthyoses [16]. Key features in IPS are complications resulting from prematurity born with thick caseous desquamating epidermis, typically showing lipid membrane packages in the granular and cornified cells, then a lifelong nonscaly ichthyosis with dermal atopic dermatitis-like inflammation and severe itching [17]. In the current study, we describe the identification and characterization of a spontaneous mutation in mouse Fatp4 that results in autosomal recessive congenital ichthyosis. At birth, the mutant mice have smooth hyperkeratotic skin that is stretched so tightly that they are unable to extend their limbs or to straighten their torso. Histological studies revealed defects in epidermal differentiation and cornification. The mutation was mapped tochromosome 2, band A3/B, by SNP analysis, thus suggesting Fatp4/Slc27a4 as a candidate gene. Sequencing studies revealed a spontaneous mutation in the splice donor sequence at the 39-end of exon 9, resulting in exon skipping, a shift in reading frame, and the presence of a premature stop codon. The mutation results in loss of the C-terminal 243 amino acids of Fatp4, including the VLACS domain. The Fatp4 mutant mice exhibit alterations in the stratum corneum that are similar to the defects seen in IPS [11], presumably reflecting a role for very long chain fatty acids in the formation and function of lamellar bodies. The Fatp4 mutants also show basal cell hyperproliferation and a reduction in secondary hair follicle induction, suggesting the possibility that very long chain fatty acids synthesized in the superficial epidermis may, directly or indirectly, help to establish the proper prenatal balance between proliferation and differentiation of the basal cells.Materials and Methods SNP Mapping, RT-PCR, and SequencingGen.

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