Disruption of the fibroblast growth factor-2 gene results in decreased bone mass and bone formation

Aldemar Montero, Yosuke Okada, Masaro Tomita, Masako Ito, Hiroshi Tsurukami, Toshitaka Nakamura, Thomas Doetschman, J. Douglas Coffin, Marja M. Hurley

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Basic fibroblast growth factor (FGF-2), an important modulator of cartilage and bone growth and differentiation, is expressed and regulated in osteoblastic cells. To investigate the role of FGF-2 in bone, we examined mice with a disruption of the Fgf2 gene. Measurement of trabecular bone architecture of the femoral metaphysis of Fgf2(+/+) and Fgf2(-/-) adult mice by micro-CT revealed that the plate-like trabecular structures were markedly reduced and many of the connecting rods of trabecular bone were lost in the Fgf2(-/-) mice. Dynamic histomorphometry confirmed a significant decrease in trabecular bone volume, mineral apposition, and bone formation rates. In addition, there was a profound decreased mineralization of bone marrow stromal cultures from Fgf2(-/-) mice. This study provides strong evidence that FGF-2 helps determine bone mass as well as bone formation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1085-1093
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Clinical Investigation
Issue number8
StatePublished - Apr 2000

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