Pathobiologic Mechanisms of Neurodegeneration in Osteopetrosis Derived from Structural and Functional Analysis of 14 ClC-7 Mutants

Eleonora Di Zanni, Eleonora Palagano, Laura Lagostena, Dario Strina, Asma Rehman, Mario Abinun, Lien De Somer, Baldassarre Martire, Justin Brown, Ariana Kariminejad, Shanti Balasubramanian, Gareth Baynam, Fiorella Gurrieri, Maria A Pisanti, Ilaria De Maggio, Miguel R Abboud, Robert Chiesa, Christine P Burren, Anna Villa, Cristina SobacchiAlessandra Picollo

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ClC-7 is a chloride-proton antiporter of the CLC protein family. In complex with its accessory protein Ostm-1, ClC-7 localizes to lysosomes and to the osteoclasts' ruffled border, where it plays a critical role in acidifying the resorption lacuna during bone resorption. Gene inactivation in mice causes severe osteopetrosis, neurodegeneration and lysosomal storage disease. Mutations in the human CLCN7 gene are associated with diverse forms of osteopetrosis. The functional evaluation of ClC-7 variants might be informative with respect to their pathogenicity, but the cellular localization of the protein hampers this analysis. Here we investigated the functional effects of thirteen CLCN7 mutations identified in thirteen new patients with severe or mild osteopetrosis, and a known ADO2 mutation. We mapped the mutated amino acid residues in the homology model of ClC-7 protein, assessed the lysosomal co-localization of ClC-7 mutants and Ostm1 through confocal microscopy, and performed patch-clamp recordings on plasma-membrane-targeted mutant ClC-7. Finally, we analyzed these results together with the patients' clinical features and suggested a correlation between the lack of ClC-7/Ostm1 in lysosomes and severe neurodegeneration.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Bone and Mineral Research
Early online date30 Oct 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 30 Oct 2020


  • chloride-proton exchanger
  • lysosomal localization
  • missense mutations
  • osteoclast
  • osteopetrosis


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