The unbalanced hemoglobin chain synthesis in beta-thalassemias leads to hemichrome-induced damage that contributes to ineffective erythropoiesis, hemolysis and reduced red cell survival. Iron overload related to ineffective erythropoiesis and abnormally low Hepcidin (Hamp), combined with the cytotoxic effects of free heme with free-alpha-chains play a key role in the increased generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in beta thalassemias. Here we used a specific and selective inhibitor of the plasma membrane expressed glycine transporter GlyT1 (Ro4917838). Use of Ro4917838 has been associated with a dose-dependent decrease in MCH, Hb, soluble transferrin receptor, and increase in absolute reticulocytes and RBC counts in several animal species, attributed to reduce glycine bioavailability in erythroblasts and decreased heme synthesis. In rats, Ro4917838 reduces heme synthesis, and down-regulates erythroid transferrin receptor, but does not interfere with hepcidin regulation and systemic iron homeostasis. We aimed to determine if reduced cellular availability of glycine in erythroblasts may reduce heme synthesis, and impact pathologic erythropoiesis in a mouse model for b-thalassemia. Wild-type control (WT) C57B6/2J, and beta-thalassemia Hbbth3/+ mice were treated with either vehicle or Ro4917838 at dosages of 3, 10, 30 mg/kg/d administered over 4 weeks once daily by gavage. RO4917838 administration was associated with significant improvements of central hallmarks of the b-thalassemia pathology. Reduced erythrocyte destruction was seen bydemonstrated a significant improvements in erythrocyte morphology and amelioration of hemoglobin reduction in reticulocytes. We also observed an impressively quick reduction of the circulating erythroblast count within 1 week of initiating treatment. This was also associated with decreased hemolysis biomarkers. Ro4917838 induced a significant reduction in extramedullary erythropoiesis and reduction in orthochromatic erythroblasts as well as insoluble alpha chain aggregates in circulating red cells. Red cell survival of b-thal mice treated with 30 mg/kg/day Ro4917838 significantly increased by more than 50%. CD71+ erythroid precursors significantly decreased in WT mice treated with Ro4917838 at 30 mg/kg and in b-thal mice at the dosage of 30 mg/kg/ d. These data suggest that Ro4917838 ameliorates anemia in a b-thalassemia mouse model and positively affects ineffective erythropoiesis and red cell survival in peripheral circulation. Ro4917838 may represent a novel therapeutic approach for the treatment of anemia in b-thalassemia patients.
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