Hypofibrinogenemia with preserved hemostasis and protection from thrombosis in mice with an Fga truncation mutation

Woosuk S. Hur, David S. Paul, Emma G. Bouck, Oscar A. Negrón, Jean Marie Mwiza, Lauren G. Poole, Holly M. Cline-Fedewa, Emily G. Clark, Lih Jiin Juang, Jerry Leung, Christian J. Kastrup, Tatiana P. Ugarova, Alisa S. Wolberg, James P. Luyendyk, Wolfgang Bergmeier, Matthew J. Flick

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Genetic variants within the fibrinogen Aα chain encoding the αC-region commonly result in hypodysfibrinogenemia in patients. However, the (patho)physiological consequences and underlying mechanisms of such mutations remain undefined. Here, we generated Fga270 mice carrying a premature termination codon within the Fga gene at residue 271. The Fga270 mutation was compatible with Mendelian inheritance for offspring of heterozygous crosses. Adult Fga270/270 mice were hypofibrinogenemic with ∼10% plasma fibrinogen levels relative to FgaWT/WT mice, linked to 90% reduction in hepatic Fga messenger RNA (mRNA) because of nonsense-mediated decay of the mutant mRNA. Fga270/270 mice had preserved hemostatic potential in vitro and in vivo in models of tail bleeding and laser-induced saphenous vein injury, whereas Fga−/− mice had continuous bleeding. Platelets from FgaWT/WT and Fga270/270 mice displayed comparable initial aggregation following adenosine 5′-diphosphate stimulation, but Fga270/270 platelets quickly disaggregated. Despite ∼10% plasma fibrinogen, the fibrinogen level in Fga270/270 platelets was ∼30% of FgaWT/WT platelets with a compensatory increase in fibronectin. Notably, Fga270/270 mice showed complete protection from thrombosis in the inferior vena cava stasis model. In a model of Staphylococcus aureus peritonitis, Fga270/270 mice supported local, fibrinogen-mediated bacterial clearance and host survival comparable to FgaWT/WT, unlike Fga−/− mice. Decreasing the normal fibrinogen levels to ∼10% with small interfering RNA in mice also provided significant protection from venous thrombosis without compromising hemostatic potential and antimicrobial function. These findings both reveal novel molecular mechanisms underpinning fibrinogen αC-region truncation mutations and highlight the concept that selective fibrinogen reduction may be efficacious for limiting thrombosis while preserving hemostatic and immune protective functions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1374-1388
Number of pages15
Issue number9
StatePublished - Mar 3 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Immunology
  • Hematology
  • Cell Biology


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