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Mouse models of laminopathies



Kan Cao, Ph.D., Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics, 2114 Bioscience Research Building, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742, USA. Tel. 301-405-3016; fax 301-405-0745; e-mail: kcao@umd.edu


The A- and B-type lamins are nuclear intermediate filament proteins in eukaryotic cells with a broad range of functions, including the organization of nuclear architecture and interaction with proteins in many cellular functions. Over 180 disease-causing mutations, termed ‘laminopathies,’ have been mapped throughout LMNA, the gene for A-type lamins in humans. Laminopathies can range from muscular dystrophies, cardiomyopathy, to Hutchinson–Gilford progeria syndrome. A number of mouse lines carrying some of the same mutations as those resulting in human diseases have been established. These LMNA-related mouse models have provided valuable insights into the functions of lamin A biogenesis and the roles of individual A-type lamins during tissue development. This review groups these LMNA-related mouse models into three categories: null mutants, point mutants, and progeroid mutants. We compare their phenotypes and discuss their potential implications in laminopathies and aging.