A step forward back to (induced) fetal.


the contribution of thrombocytosis/MF (TPO retroviral RV model, in which marrow cells were retrovirally transduced with the murine TPO gene and grafted into irradiated wild-type recipient mice) and erythrocytosis (EPO-treated mice). Analysis of these mouse models clearly revealed both direct and delayed effects of JAK2 on platelet functional responses, thrombosis, and bleeding (see table). Expression of both inducible and constitutive JAK2 resulted in the same hemostatic phenotype, providing additional confidence in these findings. JAK2 expression resulted in early effects such as platelet hypoactivity, decreased in vitro thrombosis, and increased bleeding time. The concurrent reduction in plasma high-molecular-weight von Willebrand factor (vWF) multimers, which support thrombosis, suggested that these impairments could be caused by vWF hydrolysis. A similar reduction in vWF multimers was recently observed in the Tie2-Cre/FF1 mouse model of JAK2. Interestingly, a recent report by Hobbs et al, using a hematopoietic-specific JAK2 KI mouse model of ET (Mx1Cre/JAK2), showed opposing results with increased platelet function in response to thrombin and collagen-related peptide and enhanced in vitro thrombosis. These differences may be explained by the MPN phenotype of the 2 models, ET and PV/MF, respectively, or differences in gene load. Furthermore, it is unknown whether changes in vWF multimers occurred in the model used by Hobbs et al. Nonetheless, the decreased in vitro platelet function observed in the study of Lamrani et al is consistent with the in vitro platelet hypoactivity phenotype in MPN patients. A popular explanation for this is that platelets are hyperactive in MPN patients in vivo and become preactivated and exhausted. However, there was no evidence of platelet preactivation in the JAK2 models, arguing against this. More delayed effects of JAK2 expression included a reduction in expression of the platelet collagen receptor GPVI and vasodilation of blood vessels. The reduction in GPVI levels was also observed in platelets from TPO retroviral mice, which have symptoms of MF, without the hemostatic changes observed in the JAK2 mice. Reduced GPVI expression is therefore unlikely to be involved in the observed reduction in in vitro thrombotic response because (1) TPO mice do not show these hemostatic changes, and (2) it occurs later (60 days). Vasodilation was observed in both JAK2 and the EPO-treated mice and could therefore be the result of increased blood viscosity due to the higher erythrocyte count and subsequent vessel adaptation. One of the more interesting delayed effects of JAK2 expression was the accelerated formation of occlusive thrombi in a FeCl3 in vivo thrombosis model. These results are consistent with the increased risk of thrombosis in MPN patients. The thrombi, however, were less stable, with increased embolization and clot lysis being observed. Interestingly, the Tie2-Cre/JAK2 model also showed increased thrombus instability and embolization. Although thrombin generation was not determined by Lamrani et al, thromboelastometry showed that in vitro tissue factor-induced coagulation was delayed in JAK2 platelets, which may contribute to thrombus instability. Is the JAK2 mutation directly responsible for the increased thrombotic risk of MPN patients? The data in the study of Lamrani et al demonstrate that it is more likely related to the progression of MPN disease than a direct result of JAK2 mutation. Although the study cannot completely rule out a direct role of JAK2 in the early changes in platelet function, recent work by Etheridge et al showed that platelet function was unaltered in mice expressing JAK2 (PF4CRE/JAK2) in megakaryocyte/platelets only. This is consistent with patient studies, where impaired in vitro platelet function in ET patients was unrelated to JAK2 status. Thus, although JAK2 in platelets may not directly affect platelet function and the prothrombotic phenotype, the possibility that it contributes at a later stage of the disease cannot be completely ruled out. These findings are also interesting in the light of recent publications describing a role for erythrocytes, leukocytes, and endothelial cells in hemostatic changes in MPN mouse models and the potential impact of JAK2 on the prothrombotic potential of erythrocytes and endothelial cells. This leaves open the question as to whether JAK2 can contribute directly to the prothrombotic phenotype. This, plus a more detailed understanding of the cellular mechanisms that underlie thehemostaticdisorders in the complex spectrum of MPN, will form important new directions for the future in thiswork, building on the important contribution made here. Conflict-of-interest disclosure: The authors declare no competing financial interests. n

DOI: 10.1182/blood-2014-06-582445

Cite this paper

@article{Green2014ASF, title={A step forward back to (induced) fetal.}, author={Nancy S Green}, journal={Blood}, year={2014}, volume={124 7}, pages={993-5} }