Background: Tescalcin is an EF-hand calcium-binding protein that interacts with the Na+/H + exchanger 1 (NHE1). Levay and Slepak recently proposed a role for tescalcin in megakaryopoiesis that was independent of NHE1 activity. Their studies using K562 and HEL cell lines, and human CD34 + hematopoietic stem cells suggested an essential role for tescalcin in megakaryocyte differentiation. Objective: To study the role of tescalcin in megakaryocyte development using a murine model of megakaryopoiesis. Methods: We generated a mouse with targeted disruption of tescalcin and investigated megakaryocyte development. Results: Tescalcin-deficient mice had a normal number of megakaryocytes and platelets. The morphology, polyploidization profile, and expression of Fli-1 in bone marrow-derived megakaryocytes were also normal. Conclusion: Tescalcin does not appear to be necessary for normal megakaryocyte development.
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