Project TitleTransgenic Model Of Fibrodisplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP)
Track Code2007-076
Short Description

New mouse model of FOP, a rare genetic disease characterized by abnormal growth of bone which replaces soft tissues

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Northwestern University scientists developed a mouse model of fibrodisplasia ossificans progressiva (FOP), a rare genetic disease that causes soft tissues to be replaced with bone over time. While it was understood that bone morphogenetic protein-4 (BMP-4) was involved in the pathophysiology of this disease, this knowledge did not facilitate the generation of a good mouse model of FOP for many years. Northwestern researchers were able to generate a transgenic mouse model that most closely mimics human disease by overexpressing BMP-4 under the control of the neuron specific enolase (NSE) promoter. This model was used to confirm the role of BMP-4 in FOP and could enable further research that may lead to the development of a treatment for this disabling disease. 

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Posted DateMar 6, 2015 5:38 PM


John A. Kessler


  • Study of FOP
  • Research of BMP signaling pathway


  • Closely approximates human FOP disease


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