Expression of type X collagen in young and old C57Bl/6 and Balb/c mice. Relation with articular cartilage degeneration.
SourceOsteoarthritis and Cartilage, 9, 2, (2001), pp. 92-100
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Osteoarthritis and Cartilage
SubjectChronic arthritis: Pathogenesis and treatment; Chronische arthritis: Pathogenese en behandeling
OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether the development of osteoarthritic lesions in the knee joints of mice is associated with increased immunostaining of type X collagen. METHODS: Sections of total knee joints in combination with immunohistochemistry were used to study the distribution of type X collagen in the cartilage of young and old mice of two mouse strains, Balb/c and C57Bl/6, known to develop osteoarthritic lesions at different locations. Expression of type X collagen and PTH/PTHrP-receptor mRNA were studied by RT-PCR. RESULTS: Young adult Balb/c and C57Bl/6 mice both expressed type X collagen in the non-calcified cartilage of the tibia-femoral joint. Old mice of both strains had a strongly increased deposition of type X collagen in the patella-femoral but not in the tibia-femoral joint. The locations in the murine knee joints prone to develop osteoarthritis (OA) did not preferentially express increased amounts of type X collagen. Thus, whereas increased type X was observed in both strains in the patella-femoral joints, only Balb/c mice preferentially developed osteoarthritic lesions in these joints. Also cartilage degeneration was usually seen only in the lateral compartment of the knee joints of C57Bl/6 mice but this was not accompanied by increased type X collagen immunostaining. Increased deposition of type X collagen was not associated with elevated levels of type X collagen mRNA or with decreased levels of PTH/PTHrP-receptor mRNA. CONCLUSION: Type X collagen expression and spontaneous OA in mice are not necessarily related since OA prone locations in the murine knee joint do not preferentially express type X collagen.
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