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Pycnodysostosis, a lysosomal disease caused by cathepsin K deficiency.

Pycnodysostosis, an autosomal recessive osteochondrodysplasia characterized by osteosclerosis and short stature, maps to chromosome 1q21. Cathepsin K, a cysteine protease gene that is highly expressed in osteoclasts, localized to the pycnodysostosis region. Nonsense, missense, and stop codon mutations in the gene encoding cathepsin K were identified in patients. Transient expression of complementary DNA containing the stop codon mutation resulted in messenger RNA but no immunologically detectable protein. Thus, pycnodysostosis results from gene defects in a lysosomal protease with highest expression in osteoclasts. These findings suggest that cathepsin K is a major protease in bone resorption, providing a possible rationale for the treatment of disorders such as osteoporosis and certain forms of arthritis.[1]


  1. Pycnodysostosis, a lysosomal disease caused by cathepsin K deficiency. Gelb, B.D., Shi, G.P., Chapman, H.A., Desnick, R.J. Science (1996) [Pubmed]
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