Bone remodeling is a continuous process characterized by highly coordinated cell-cell interactions in distinct multi-cellular units. Osteoclasts, which are specialized bone resorbing cells, play a central role in bone remodeling. Although the RANKL/RANK axis determines the gross number of osteoclasts present in bone tissue, detailed molecular events regulating bone remodeling related to osteoclast recruitment, initiation of bone remodeling, and coupling of bone resorption and bone formation are still ambiguous. We hypothesized that osteoblast-specific cell-surface molecules contribute to the molecular modulation of bone remodeling. Therefore, we searched for regulatory cell-surface molecules expressed on osteoblasts by use of B-cell hybridoma technology. We obtained a monoclonal antibody A7 (A7 MAb) highly specific to cells of osteoblast-lineage. Here we describe the expression pattern and possible role of A7 antigen specifically recognized by A7 MAb. In vitro, A7 antigen was expressed on cell-surface of osteoblasts and osteoblast-like bone marrow stromal cells. In vivo, A7 antigen was detected in a subset of bone surface osteoblasts and in osteocytes, with a typical cell membrane expression pattern. Tissue array analysis showed only a limited expression of A7 antigen in osteocytes close to the bone surface. Immunoblotting and immunoprecipitation analysis showed that A7 antigen is a lineage-specific cell-surface protein with an approximate molecular weight of 45 KDa. Cross-linking of cell-surface A7 antigen in cultures of osteoclastogenesis showed stimulation of osteoclast formation. Marked suppression of calcification in primary osteoblast cultures was observed when A7 antigen was cross-linked with anti-A7 antigen MAb, A7 MAb. These data suggest that A7 antigen regulates recruitment of osteoclasts and triggering of calcification. A7 antigen may be an important molecule involved in the precise regulation of bone remodeling.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Pathology and Forensic Medicine
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology