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Abe, T.* ; Shin, J.T.* ; Hosur, K.* ; Udey, M.C.* ; Chavakis, T.* ; Hajishengallis, G.*

Regulation of osteoclast homeostasis and inflammatory bone loss by MFG-E8.

J. Immunol. 193, 1383-1391 (2014)
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The glycoprotein milk fat globule-epidermal growth factor factor 8 (MFG-E8) is expressed in several tissues and mediates diverse homeostatic functions. However, whether it plays a role in bone homeostasis has not been established. In this study, we show for the first time, to our knowledge, that osteoclasts express and are regulated by MFG-E8. Bone marrow-derived osteoclast precursors from MFG-E8-deficient (Mfge8(-/-)) mice underwent increased receptor activator of NF-κB ligand-induced osteoclastogenesis, leading to enhanced resorption pit formation compared with wild-type controls. Consistently, exogenously added MFG-E8 inhibited receptor activator of NF-κB ligand-induced osteoclastogenesis from mouse or human osteoclast precursors. Upon induction of experimental periodontitis, an oral inflammatory disease characterized by loss of bone support of the dentition, Mfge8(-/-) mice exhibited higher numbers of osteoclasts and more bone loss than did wild-type controls. Accordingly, local microinjection of anti-MFG-E8 mAb exacerbated periodontal bone loss in wild-type mice. Conversely, microinjection of MFG-E8 inhibited bone loss in experimental mouse periodontitis. In comparison with wild-type controls, Mfge8(-/-) mice also experienced >60% more naturally occurring chronic periodontal bone loss. In conclusion, MFG-E8 is a novel homeostatic regulator of osteoclasts that could be exploited therapeutically to treat periodontitis and perhaps other immunological disorders associated with inflammatory bone loss.
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Publication type Article: Journal article
Document type Scientific Article
ISSN (print) / ISBN 0022-1767
e-ISSN 1550-6606
Quellenangaben Volume: 193, Issue: 3, Pages: 1383-1391 Article Number: , Supplement: ,
Publisher American Association of Immunologists
Reviewing status Peer reviewed
Institute(s) Institute for Pancreatic Beta Cell Research (IPI)