Authors: AL McCarter ( ) , A Khalid ( ) , Y Yi ( ) , M Monroy ( ) , H Zhao ( ) , JJ Rios ( ) , MT Dellinger ( )
Ectopic lymphatics form in bone and promote bone destruction in diseases such as Gorham-Stout disease, generalized lymphatic anomaly, and kaposiform lymphangiomatosis. However, the role lymphatics serve in normal bone development and repair is poorly understood. The objective of this study was to characterize bone development and fracture healing in mice that have a defect in the development of the lymphatic vasculature. We found that bones in wild-type adult mice and mouse embryos did not have lymphatics. We also found that bone development was normal in Vegfr3Chy/Chy embryos. These mice do not have lymphatics and die shortly after birth. To determine whether lymphatics serve a role in postnatal bone development and fracture healing, we analyzed bones from Vegfr3wt/Chy mice. These mice are viable and have fewer lymphatics than wild-type mice. We found that postnatal bone development and fracture healing was normal in Vegfr3wt/Chy mice. Taken together, our results suggest that lymphatics do not play a major role in normal bone development or repair.
Keywords: VEGFR3, lymphangiogenesis, bone development, fracture healing, Gorham- Stout disease
How to Cite: McCarter, A. , Khalid, A. , Yi, Y. , Monroy, M. , Zhao, H. , Rios, J. & Dellinger, M. (2021) “BONE DEVELOPMENT AND FRACTURE HEALING IS NORMAL IN MICE THAT HAVE A DEFECT IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE LYMPHATIC SYSTEM”, Lymphology. 53(4). doi: https://doi.org/10.2458/lymph.4669