Regulation of osteoclastogenesis by antisense oligodeoxynucleotides specific to zinc finger nuclear transcription factors Egr-1 and WT1 in rat bone marrow culture system

Toshio Kukita, Akiko Kukita, Hiroshi Harada, Tadahiko Iijima

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Abstract

Differentiation of osteoclasts is defined by the transcription factors expressed in response to bone microenvironments. In this work, we examined the effects of an expressional blockage of Egr-1 and/or WT1 on the differentiation of osteoclasts using specific antisense oligodeoxynucleotides (ODN). In a culture system forming preosteoclast-like cells (POC) from rat bone marrow cells depleted of marrow stromal cells, POC formation was markedly stimulated by the addition of Egr-1 antisense ODN compared to that in cultures in which sense ODN was added, whereas Egr-1 antisense ODN inhibited the formation of macrophage-like cells. The formation of multinucleated osteoclast-like cells was also stimulated by the addition of Egr-1 antisense ODN in whole bone marrow cultures. In contrast, WT1 antisense ODN did not affect POC formation induced by the treatment with Egr-1 antisense ODN; however, WT1 antisense ODN dramatically suppressed the formation of osteoclast-like multinucleated cells induced by the blockage of Egr-1 expression using Egr-1 antisense ODN. These data suggest that Egr-1 acts as the suppressor, not as the inducer, in osteoclastogenesis. The findings also suggested that WT1 could be involved in the multinucleation step of osteoclastogenesis, at least when Egr-1 expression was blocked.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4384-4389
Number of pages6
JournalEndocrinology
Volume138
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1997

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Endocrinology

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