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Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2016 Mar;24(3):494-502. doi: 10.1016/j.joca.2015.09.007. Epub 2015 Sep 25.

Iron overload in a murine model of hereditary hemochromatosis is associated with accelerated progression of osteoarthritis under mechanical stress.

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1
Department of Orthopedics, Centro Hospitalar Lisboa Central, Lisboa, Portugal; PhD Program in Medicine, NOVA Medical School, University Nova de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal; Centre of Marine Sciences (CCMAR), University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal. Electronic address: antonio.camacho@chlc.min-saude.pt.
2
Centre of Marine Sciences (CCMAR), University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal; PhD Program in Biomedical Sciences, University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal.
3
Inserm 1132, Hôpital Lariboisière, Paris, France; Université Paris Diderot, UFR médicale, Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris, Hôpital Lariboisière, Fédération de Rhumatologie, Paris, France.
4
Department of Rheumatology, Hospital Egas Moniz, Centro Hospitalar Lisboa Ocidental EPE, Lisbon, Portugal; CEDOC - Chronic Diseases Research Center, NOVA Medical School, University Nova de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal.
5
Department of Biomedical Sciences and Medicine (DCBM), University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal; Centre of Marine Sciences (CCMAR), University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Hereditary hemochromatosis (HH) is a disease caused by mutations in the Hfe gene characterised by systemic iron overload and associated with an increased prevalence of osteoarthritis (OA) but the role of iron overload in the development of OA is still undefined. To further understand the molecular mechanisms involved we have used a murine model of HH and studied the progression of experimental OA under mechanical stress.

DESIGN:

OA was surgically induced in the knee joints of 10-week-old C57BL6 (wild-type) mice and Hfe-KO mice. OA progression was assessed using histology, micro CT, gene expression and immunohistochemistry at 8 weeks after surgery.

RESULTS:

Hfe-KO mice showed a systemic iron overload and an increased iron accumulation in the knee synovial membrane following surgery. The histological OA score was significantly higher in the Hfe-KO mice at 8 weeks after surgery. Micro CT study of the proximal tibia revealed increased subchondral bone volume and increased trabecular thickness. Gene expression and immunohistochemical analysis showed a significant increase in the expression of matrix metallopeptidase 3 (MMP-3) in the joints of Hfe-KO mice compared with control mice at 8 weeks after surgery.

CONCLUSIONS:

HH was associated with an accelerated development of OA in mice. Our findings suggest that synovial iron overload has a definite role in the progression of HH-related OA.

KEYWORDS:

Hereditary hemochromatosis; Iron overload; Mechanical stress; Mouse model; Osteoarthritis

PMID:
26403062
DOI:
10.1016/j.joca.2015.09.007
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