Hypoxia decreases sclerostin expression and increases Wnt signaling in osteoblasts

Damian C Genetos, Chrisoula A. Toupadakis, Leah F. Raheja, Alice Wong, Savvas E. Papanicolaou, David P Fyhrie, Gabriela G. Loots, Clare E Yellowley-genetos

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Abstract

Mutations in sclerostin function or expression cause sclerosing bone dysplasias, involving decreased antagonism of Wnt/Lrp5 signaling. Conversely, deletion of the VHL tumor suppressor in osteoblasts, which stabilize HIF-α isoforms and thereby enables HIF-α/β-driven gene transcription, increases bone mineral content and cross-sectional area compared to wild-type controls. We examined the influence of cellular hypoxia (1% oxygen) upon sclerostin expression and canonical Wnt signaling. Osteoblasts and osteocytes cultured under hypoxia revealed decreased sclerostin transcript and protein, and increased expression and nuclear localization of activated β-catenin. Similarly, both hypoxia and the hypoxia mimetic DFO increased β-catenin gene reporter activity. Hypoxia and its mimetics increased expression of the BMP antagonists gremlin and noggin and decreased Smad-1/5/8 phosphorylation. As a partial explanation for the mechanism of regulation of sclerostin by oxygen, MEF2 reporter assays revealed decreased activity. Modulation of VEGF signaling under normoxia or hypoxia revealed no influence upon Sost transcription. These data suggest that hypoxia inhibits sclerostin expression, through enhanced antagonism of BMP signaling independent of VEGF.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)457-467
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Cellular Biochemistry
Volume110
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 15 2010

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Osteoblasts
Catenins
Transcription
Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor A
Bone
Genes
Oxygen
Phosphorylation
Developmental Bone Disease
Minerals
Tumors
Cell Hypoxia
Osteocytes
Assays
Protein Isoforms
Modulation
Reporter Genes
Bone Density
Hypoxia
Mutation

Keywords

  • Bone morphogenetic protein
  • Hypoxia
  • Osteoblast
  • Sclerostin
  • Sost
  • Wnt

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Molecular Biology

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Hypoxia decreases sclerostin expression and increases Wnt signaling in osteoblasts. / Genetos, Damian C; Toupadakis, Chrisoula A.; Raheja, Leah F.; Wong, Alice; Papanicolaou, Savvas E.; Fyhrie, David P; Loots, Gabriela G.; Yellowley-genetos, Clare E.

In: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry, Vol. 110, No. 2, 15.05.2010, p. 457-467.

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Genetos, Damian C ; Toupadakis, Chrisoula A. ; Raheja, Leah F. ; Wong, Alice ; Papanicolaou, Savvas E. ; Fyhrie, David P ; Loots, Gabriela G. ; Yellowley-genetos, Clare E. / Hypoxia decreases sclerostin expression and increases Wnt signaling in osteoblasts. In: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry. 2010 ; Vol. 110, No. 2. pp. 457-467.
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