Neurogenesin-1 differentially inhibits the osteoblastic differentiation by bone morphogenetic proteins in C2C12 cells.
ABSTRACT Bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) antagonists regulate the pleiotropic actions of BMPs by binding to BMPs. We previously isolated the Neurogenesin-1 (Ng1) gene and found that Ng1 protein induces neuronal differentiation in the brain. In this study, we found that Ng1 was expressed in the primordial cells of the skeleton and investigated whether Ng1 protein inhibited the BMP action to induce osteoblastic differentiation in C2C12 myoblasts. Interestingly, Ng1 protein inhibited the BMP7-induced alkaline phosphatase activity while it did not inhibit the BMP2-induced activity. All data suggest that Ng1 protein plays an important role in the embryonic bone formation by differentially regulating BMPs.
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ABSTRACT: Endogenous Bone Morphogenetic Protein (BMP) signaling plays a significant role in the kidney's recovery from acute injury and exogenous administration of BMP7 has therapeutic potential in numerous rodent models of renal injury and disease. However, in the healthy kidney endogenous BMP7 ligand is vigorously counteracted by extracellular antagonists such as USAG1 and CHRDL1. Little is known about the degree of BMP signaling and the ligands driving it in the healthy adult kidney. In this study we characterize basal BMP signaling in the healthy tubular nephron, and show that BMP2 is expressed in proximal nephron epithelial cells. Comparative gene profiling of proximal tubule cell responses to BMP2 and BMP7 does not reveal any qualitative difference, suggesting that identical BMP gene targets may be activated in healthy and injured organs. Interestingly, our gene profiling analysis shows that BMP signaling activates a number of Notch regulated transcription factors, including HEY1. As in other biological systems, HEY1 functions as a negative feedback regulator of BMP2 expression in the proximal tubule. In summary, this work reveals endogenous BMP signaling patterns in the healthy human and mouse kidneys, and identifies novel gene targets, some of which are involved in the complex regulation of BMP signaling in the adult kidney.Cellular Signalling 09/2011; 24(1):257-64. · 4.47 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Chordin-like 1 (CHRDL1) is a secreted bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) antagonist expressed in mesenchymal tissues whose function in development of the skeleton has not been examined in detail. Here we show Chrdl1 is dynamically expressed in the early distal limb bud mesenchyme, with expression becoming downregulated as development proceeds. Chrdl1 expression is largely excluded from the critical signaling center of the posterior limb bud, the Zone of Polarizing Activity (ZPA), as has been described for the BMP antagonist Gremlin (GREM1) (Scherz et al., 2004). Unlike Grem1, Chrdl1 is expressed in the hindlimb by a small subset of ZPA cells and their descendants suggesting divergent regulation and function between the various BMP antagonists. Ectopic expression of Chrdl1 throughout the avian limb bud using viral misexpression resulted in an oligodactyly phenotype with loss of digits from the anterior limb, although the development of more proximal elements of the zeugopod and stylopod were unaffected. Overgrowths of soft tissue and syndactyly were also observed, resulting from impaired apoptosis and failure of the anterior mesenchyme to undergo SOX9-dependent chondrogenesis, instead persisting as an interdigital-like soft tissue phenotype. Sonic hedgehog (Shh) and fibroblast growth factor (Fgf) signaling were upregulated and persisted later in development, however these changes were only detected late in limb development at timepoints when endogenous Grem1 would normally be downregulated and increasing BMP signaling would cause termination of Shh and FGF expression. Our results suggest that the early stages of the GREM1-SHH-FGF signaling network are resistant to Chrdl1-overexpression, leading to normal formation of proximal limb structures, but that later Bmp expression, impaired by ectopic CHRDL1, is essential for formation of the correct complement of digits.Developmental Biology 06/2013; · 3.87 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: We have studied the effects of natural medicines on neurite outgrowth in PC12D cells in a cultured medium of C2C12 cells. Derived from mouse myoblasts, the C2C12 cells secrete neurotrophic factors including nerve growth factor (NGF), brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and neurotrophin-3 (NT-3). The secretion of these neurotrophins from C2C12 cells stimulate neurite outgrowth in PC12D cells. We have screened a total of 120 samples and found five natural medicines: Trichosanthes Root, Asiasarum Root, Lycium Bark, Sinomenium Stem, and Dictamni radicis Cortex, that enhance the activity of C2C12-cultured medium to stimulate neurite outgrowth in PC12D cells. These natural medicines promoted not only neurite outgrowth but also stabilized the neurite formation in PC12D cells for several days. RT-PCR analysis showed that NGF was significantly increased with Trichosanthes and Lycium Bark. However, BDNF was slightly decreased with Lycium Bark, Sinomenium Stem, and Dictamni radicis Cortex. NT-3 was increased slightly by all of these natural medicines except Sinomenium Stem. All these five natural medicines significantly increased the number and length of neurites in PC12D cells in co-culture with C2C12 cells.Biomedical Research 01/2012; 33(1):25-33. · 1.15 Impact Factor