The protein tyrosine kinase p60: A study of 13 childrenc-Src: A study of 13 children is not implicated in the pathogenesis of the human autosomal recessive form of osteopetrosis: A study of 13 children

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Osteopetrosis has been described in mice generated by homozygous gene disruption of c-src gene encoding for the p60c-Src protein tyrosine kinase (Src-/- mice). The similarities of bone histologic findings in this murine model to those observed in some patients first seen with autosomal recessive osteopetrosis, "malignant" osteopetrosis, led us to investigate the potential role of p60c-Src in the pathogenesis of malignant osteopetrosis in 13 children. In 4 patients a c-src mutation was ruled out by an intragenic microsatellite segregation study. In the other 9 we analyzed p60c-Src expression and function, as well as c-src sequence. The expression was normal in all of the patients tested. In addition, the tyrosine phosphorylation and kinase activity of p60c-Src were also normal in all of the patients. Moreover, in these patients, sequences of the coding region of c-src were identical to the published sequence of the human c-src complementary DNA. These results exclude a role for c-src in the pathogenesis of human malignant osteopetrosis in the 13 patients analyzed. (J Pediatr 1998;133:537-43)

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