Mcph1-Deficient Mice Reveal a Role for MCPH1 in Otitis Media

Jing Chen, Neil J Ingham, Simon Clare, Claire Raisen, Valerie E Vancollie, Ozama Ismail, Rebecca E. McIntyre, Stephen H Tsang, Vinit B Mahajan, Gordon Dougan, David J Adams, Jacqueline K White, Karen P Steel

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Abstract

Otitis media is a common reason for hearing loss, especially in children. Otitis media is a multifactorial disease and environmental factors, anatomic dysmorphology and genetic predisposition can all contribute to its pathogenesis. However, the reasons for the variable susceptibility to otitis media are elusive. MCPH1 mutations cause primary microcephaly in humans. So far, no hearing impairment has been reported either in the MCPH1 patients or mouse models with Mcph1 deficiency. In this study, Mcph1-deficient (Mcph1tm1a/tm1a) mice were produced using embryonic stem cells with a targeted mutation by the Sanger Institute's Mouse Genetics Project. Auditory brainstem response measurements revealed that Mcph1tm1a/tm1a mice had mild to moderate hearing impairment with around 70% penetrance. We found otitis media with effusion in the hearing-impaired Mcph1tm1a/tm1a mice by anatomic and histological examinations. Expression of Mcph1 in the epithelial cells of middle ear cavities supported its involvement in the development of otitis media. Other defects of Mcph1tm1a/tm1a mice included small skull sizes, increased micronuclei in red blood cells, increased B cells and ocular abnormalities. These findings not only recapitulated the defects found in other Mcph1-deficient mice or MCPH1 patients, but also revealed an unexpected phenotype, otitis media with hearing impairment, which suggests Mcph1 is a new gene underlying genetic predisposition to otitis media.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere58156
JournalPLoS ONE
Volume8
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Mar 2013
Externally publishedYes

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