Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva

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Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva
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Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva.jpg
The effects of Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva, a disease which causes damaged soft tissue to regrow as bone. Sufferers are slowly imprisoned by their own skeletons.
ICD-10M61.1
ICD-9728.11
OMIM135100
DiseasesDB8732
eMedicinederm/609
MeSHD009221
 
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Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva
Classification and external resources
Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva.jpg
The effects of Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva, a disease which causes damaged soft tissue to regrow as bone. Sufferers are slowly imprisoned by their own skeletons.
ICD-10M61.1
ICD-9728.11
OMIM135100
DiseasesDB8732
eMedicinederm/609
MeSHD009221

Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva (FOP), sometimes referred to as Stone Man Syndrome, is an extremely rare disease of the connective tissue. A mutation of the body's repair mechanism causes fibrous tissue (including muscle, tendon, and ligament) to be ossified spontaneously or when damaged. In many cases, injuries can cause joints to become permanently frozen in place. Surgical removal of the extra bone growths has been shown to cause the body to "repair" the affected area with more bone.[1]

Causes[edit]

FOP is caused by an autosomal dominant allele on chromosome 4q27-31.[2] The allele has variable expressivity, but complete penetrance. Most cases are caused by spontaneous mutation in the gametes; most people with FOP cannot have children. A study has determined that it affects approximately 1 in every 2 million people.[3] A similar but less catastrophic disease is fibrous dysplasia, which is caused by a post-zygotic mutation.

A mutation in the gene ACVR1 (also known as activin-like kinase 2 [ALK-2]) is responsible for the disease.[4] ACVR1 encodes activin receptor type-1, a BMP type-1 receptor. The mutation changes codon 206 from arginine to histidine in the ACVR1 protein.[5][unreliable medical source?] This causes endothelial cells to transform to mesenchymal stem cells and then to bone.[6]

Symptoms[edit]

Children born with FOP have deformed big toes, possibly missing a joint or simply presenting with a notable lump at the minor joint. The first "flare-up" that leads to the formation of FOP bones usually occurs before the age of 10. FOP is a genetic disease. The bone growth progresses from the top downward, just as bones grow in fetuses. A child with FOP will typically develop bones starting at the neck, then on the shoulders, arms, chest area and finally on the feet. Specifically, FOP involvement is typically seen first in the dorsal, axial, cranial and proximal regions of the body. Later the disease progresses in the ventral, appendicular, caudal and distal regions of the body.[7] However it does not necessarily occur in this order due to injury-caused flare-ups. Often, the tumor-like lumps that characterize the disease appear suddenly.

The gene that causes ossification is normally deactivated after a fetus' bones are formed in the womb, but in patients with FOP, the gene keeps working. Aberrant bone formation in patients with FOP occurs when injured connective tissue or muscle cells at the sites of injury or growth incorrectly express an enzyme for bone repair during apoptosis (self-regulated cell death), resulting in lymphocytes containing excess bone morphogenetic protein 4 (BMP4) provided during the immune system response. The bone that results occurs independently of the normal skeleton, forming its own discrete skeletal elements. These elements, however, can fuse with normal skeletal bone.[8] Interestingly, the diaphragm, tongue, and extra-ocular muscles are spared in this process, as well as cardiac and smooth muscle.[7] Since the incorrect enzyme remains unresolved within the immune response, the body continues providing the incorrect BMP4-containing lymphocytes. BMP4 is a product that contributes to the development of the skeleton in the normal embryo.[9]

Because the disease is so rare, the symptoms are often misdiagnosed as cancer or fibrosis. This leads doctors to order biopsies, which can actually exacerbate the growth of these lumps.

Treatment[edit]

There is no known cure for FOP. Attempts to surgically remove the bone result in more robust bone growth.[10] While under anesthesia, patients with FOP may face problems, which include difficulties with intubation, restrictive pulmonary disease, and changes in the electrical conduction system of the heart.[11] Activities that increase the risk of falling should be avoided, as injuries from falling can provoke the growth of bone.[1]

In 1999, scientists discovered that squalamine in sharks[12] might be useful in treating those suffering from FOP.[13][unreliable medical source?] Squalamine is antiangiogenic and can prevent the growth of blood vessels in cartilaginous tissue, thus preventing creation of bone in sharks. A trial of squalamine started in 2002[14] but terminated about 2007. (Note that squalene is a different compound, also found in sharks, that has no such properties.)

As of November 2010, there are no registered clinical trials for FOP.[15]

Researchers believe that specific kinase inhibitors can be developed that will block the aberrant ACVR1 activity, and are actively investigating dorsomorphin and K02288 as lead compounds with the intention of developing effective therapies.[16][17] For example, the more potent dorsomorphin derivative LDN-193189 reduced ossification in a transgenic mouse model, in which the engineering of adult ACVR1 activity created an inflammation-dependent ossification sensitive to corticosteroid treatment.[18]

Cases[edit]

Since the 1800s, there have been references in medicine describing people who apparently "turned to stone"; some of these cases may be attributable to FOP.

The best known FOP case is that of Harry Eastlack (1933–1973). His condition began to develop at the age of ten, and by the time of his death from pneumonia in November 1973, six days before his 40th birthday, his body had completely ossified, leaving him able to move only his lips.

Shortly before Eastlack's death, he made it known that he wanted to donate his body to science, in the hope that in death, he would be able to help find a cure for this little-understood and particularly cruel disease. Pursuant to his wishes, his preserved skeleton is now kept at the Mütter Museum in Philadelphia, and has proven to be an invaluable source of information in the study of FOP.

There have approximately been 700 confirmed cases across the globe from an estimated 2500.[19][unreliable medical source?]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Clinical Reviews in Bone and Mineral Metabolism
  2. ^ Feldman, G. "Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva, a heritable disorder of severe heterotopic ossification, maps to human chromosome 4q27-31.". Medscape. Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  3. ^ Connor JM, Evans DA (1982). "Genetic aspects of fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva". J. Med. Genet. 19 (1): 35–39. doi:10.1136/jmg.19.1.35. PMC 1048816. PMID 7069743. 
  4. ^ Shore EM, Xu M, Feldman GJ et al. (2006). "A recurrent mutation in the BMP type I receptor ACVR1 causes inherited and sporadic fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva". Nat. Genet. 38 (5): 525–527. doi:10.1038/ng1783. PMID 16642017. 
  5. ^ News Release of FOP's Cause
  6. ^ Dinther et al. (2010). "ALK2 R206H mutation linked to fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva confers constitutive activity to the BMP type I receptor and sensitizes mesenchymal cells to BMP-induced osteoblast differentiation and bone formation". Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: 091211115834058–35. doi:10.1359/jbmr.091110. 
  7. ^ a b Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva. Frederick S. Kaplan, MD, Martine Le Merrer, MD, PhD, Professor of Genetics, David L. Glaser, MD, Robert J. Pignolo, MD, PhD, Robert Goldsby, MD, Joseph A. Kitterman, MD, Jay Groppe, PhD, and Eileen M. Shore, PhD
  8. ^ Insights from a Rare Genetic Disorder of Extra-Skeletal Bone Formation, Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP). Eileen M. Shore and Frederick S. Kaplan
  9. ^ Kierszenbaum, Abraham (2002). Histology and cell biology. New York: Mosby. ISBN 978-0-323-01639-1. 
  10. ^ American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (May 2006). "Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP)". orthoinfo.aaos.org. Retrieved 2011-10-07. 
  11. ^ Newton, M.C.; Allen, P.W.; Ryan, D.C. "Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva". British Journal of Anaesthesia. Retrieved October 25, 2011. 
  12. ^ BioInfoBank Library. "Squalamine: an aminosterol antibiotic from the shark". Lib.bioinfo.pl. Retrieved 2010-07-19. 
  13. ^ BBC News, "Shark therapy for bizarre bone disease," March 24, 1999
  14. ^ "Article: Squalamine Trial For The Treatment Of Fibrodysplasia Ossificans... | AccessMyLibrary - Promoting library advocacy". AccessMyLibrary. 2002-02-08. Retrieved 2010-07-19. 
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  16. ^ "Oxfords Research Team". FOP Oxford Ball. 
  17. ^ Apirat Chaikuad et al. (2012-10-26). "Structure of the Bone Morphogenetic Protein Receptor ALK2 and Implications for Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva". The Journal of Biological Chemistry (J Biol Chem.) 287 (44): 36990–36998. doi:10.1074/jbc.M112.365932. PMC 3481300. PMID 22977237. 
  18. ^ Paul B. Yu; Deng, DY; Lai, CS; Hong, CC; Cuny, GD; Bouxsein, ML; Hong, DW; McManus, PM et al. (2008-12). "BMP type I receptor inhibition reduces heterotopic ossification". Nat Med. 14 (12): 1363–1369. doi:10.1038/nm.1888. PMC 2846458. PMID 19029982. 
  19. ^ "What is FOP? » FOP Action - Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva Awareness". FOP Action. Retrieved 2013-05-24. 

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