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Type: Conference paper
Title: The local production of 1,25(OH)₂D₃ promotes osteoblast and osteocyte maturation
Other Titles: The local production of 1,25(OH)(2)D(3) promotes osteoblast and osteocyte maturation
Author: Turner, A.
Hanrath, M.
Morris, H.
Atkins, G.
Anderson, P.
Citation: The Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 2014 / Bikle, D., Norman, A., Welsh, J. (ed./s), vol.144, iss.Part A, pp.114-118
Publisher: Elsevier
Issue Date: 2014
ISSN: 0960-0760
Conference Name: 16th Vitamin D Workshop (11 Jun 2013 - 14 Jun 2013 : San Francisco, CA, USA)
Editor: Bikle, D.
Norman, A.
Welsh, J.
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Andrew G. Turner, Maarten A. Hanrath, Howard A. Morris, Gerald J. Atkins, Paul H. Anderson
Abstract: Maintenance of an adequate vitamin D status, as indicated by the level of circulating 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D), is associated with higher bone mass and decreased risk of fracture. However, the molecular actions of vitamin D hormone (1,25(OH)2D3) in bone are complex, and include stimulation of osteoclastogenesis via RANK-ligand up-regulation, as well as the inhibition of mineralisation. We hypothesise that these divergent data may be reconciled by autocrine actions of 1,25(OH)2D3 which effect skeletal maintenance, as opposed to endocrine 1,25(OH)2D3 which acts to maintain serum calcium homeostasis. We have previously described local metabolism of 1,25(OH)2D3 within osteoblasts, with effects on gene expression and cell function. The aim of the current study was to investigate potential autocrine actions of 1,25(OH)2D3 within cells that exhibit osteocyte-like properties. Late osteoblastic MLO-A5 cells were cultured in the presence of 25(OH)D for 9 days with gene expression analysed pre- and post-mineralisation. Gene expression analysis revealed maturation within this time frame to an osteocyte-like stage, evidenced by increased Dmp1 and Phex mRNA expression. Expression of Cyp27b1 in 25(OH)D treated MLO-A5 cells was associated with elevated media levels of 1,25(OH)2D3 (p<0.05), induction of Cyp24a1 (p<0.001) and elevated ratios of Opg:Rankl mRNA (p<0.01). Chronic 25(OH)D exposure also increased osteocalcin mRNA in MLO-A5 cells, which contrasted with the dose-dependent inhibition of osteocalcin mRNA observed with acute treatment in MLO-Y4 cells (p<0.01). Treatment of MLO-Y4 cells with 25(OH)D also inhibited Phex mRNA expression (p<0.05), whilst Enpp1 gene expression was induced (p<0.01). Overall, the current study demonstrates that osteocyte-like cells convert physiological levels of 25(OH)D to 1,25(OH)2D3, with changes in gene expression that are consistent with increased osteocyte maturation. Although the physiological role of local metabolism of 1,25(OH)2D3 within osteocytes requires further investigation, the abundance and diverse functions of this cell type within bone underscore its potential importance. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled '16th Vitamin D Workshop'.
Keywords: Cyp27b1
vitamin D
Rights: © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
DOI: 10.1016/j.jsbmb.2013.10.003
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