[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Bone is continuously repaired and remodelled through well-coordinated activity of osteoblasts that form new bone and osteoclasts, which resorb it. Osteoblasts synthesize and secrete two key molecules that are important for osteoclast differentiation, namely the ligand for the receptor of activator of nuclear factor kappaB (RANKL) and its decoy receptor osteoprotegerin (OPG). Active membrane transport is a typical feature of the resorbing osteoclast during bone resorption. Normally, one resorption cycle takes several hours as observed by monitoring actin ring formation and consequent disappearance in vitro. During these cyclic changes, the cytoskeleton undergoes remarkable dynamic rearrangement. Active cells show a continuous process of exocytosis that plays an essential role in transport of membrane components, soluble molecules and receptor-mediated ligands thus allowing them to communicate with the environment. The processes that govern intracellular transport and trafficking in mature osteoclasts are poorly known. The principal methodological problem that have made these studies difficult is a physiological culture of osteoclasts that permit observing the vesicle apparatus in conditions similar to the in vivo conditions. In the present study we have used a number of morphological approaches to characterize the composition, formation and the endocytic and biosynthetic pathways that play roles in dynamics of differentiation of mature bone resorbing cells using a tri-dimensional system of physiologic coculture.
European journal of histochemistry: EJH 01/2010; 54(1):e6. · 2.24 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The strength and integrity of the human skeleton depends on a delicate equilibrium between bone resorption and bone formation. Bone resorption is an elementary cellular activity in the modelling of the skeleton during growth and development. Later in life a most important physiological process in the skeleton is bone remodelling, which is locally initiated by resorption. During remodelling bone resorption is coupled to new bone formation that ensures renewal of bone with only minor local and temporary bone loss. Cells responsible for bone resorption and subsequent bone formation are the osteoclasts and osteoblasts, respectively. The osteoclast is derived from the pluripotent hematopoietic stem cell, which gives rise to a myeloid stem cell that can further differentiate into megakaryocytes, granulocytes, monocytes/macrophages and osteoclasts. The respective bone resorbing and forming actions of osteoclasts and osteoblasts are finely coupled, so that bone mass remains remarkably stable in a healthy adult. Imbalance between osteoclast and osteoblast activities can arise from a wide variety of hormonal changes or perturbations of inflammatory and growth factors resulting in postmenopausal osteoporosis, Paget's disease, lytic bone metastases, or rheumatoid arthritis, leading to increased bone resorption and crippling bone damage. In view of the critical role of osteoclasts in diverse pathology, there has been immense effort aimed at understanding the biology of this unique cell. The present review is focused on the current knowledge of the mechanisms that regulate the functional links between bone turnover and the immune system helping us to understand the main factors that lead to bone loss observed in osteoporosis, cancer and in rheumatoid arthritis. The aim of this review paper is to consider the key molecular interactions involved in the formation of osteoclast cells in normal and pathological conditions.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The metastasis of breast cancer to the skeleton is a serious clinical problem resulting in hypercalcemia, bone fragility and insurmountable pain. The invasion of bony tissue by neoplastic cells usually very rapidly affects the balance between bone apposition and bone resorption. In order to elucidate a mechanism for cancer-induced osteoclastogenesis, cells from a human breast cancer line, MCF-7, were directly co-cultured with murine monocytes RAW 264.7 type CRL 2278. Compared with controls, co-culture of MCF-7 induced differentiation of multinucleated cells by membrane-bound and soluble receptor activator of NF-kB ligand (RANKL) as quantified by ELISA, Western blot analysis, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and immunocytochemistry. The aim of this study was to determine an in vitro model system of MCF-7 human breast cancer cells grown together with monocytes to show that expression of RANKL promotes osteoclastogenesis, which may indicate a mechanism for the development of osteolytic lesions in breast cancer bone metastasis.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Increased osteoclastic activity is observed in many osteopathic disorders - including postmenopausal osteoporosis, Paget's disease, primary bone tumours, lytic bone metastases, multiple myeloma and rheumatoid arthritis - that involve increased bone resorption and a loss of bone mass. Bisphosphonates are highly effective inhibitors of bone resorption that selectively affect the osteoclasts. The aim of this study was to obtain more information about the mechanism of action of bisphosphonates such as neridronic acid using a dual-cell culture model. As a model of osteoclastogenesis we used a murine monocyte/macrophage cell line RAW 264.7 type CRL 2278 co-cultured with murine osteoblasts. The monocyte-osteoblast system allows physiological experimentation of bone anti-resorption drugs, simulating bone turnover in pathologies such as osteoporosis. The direct actions of neridronic acid on cell proliferation and functionality in the co-culture model were examined using tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase (TRAP) assay, immunohistochemical localization of actin, and transmission and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Results showed that the percentage of TRAP-positive cells, an early marker of osteoclastic differentiation, was significantly higher in control cultures than in co-cultures treated with variable concentrations of neridronic acid. Neridronic acid induced dramatic morphological changes, characterized by the loss of the ruffled border. The actin ring associated with the plasma membrane of the cells treated with neridronic acid was shown to break down. The tissue-specific targeting of neridronic acid to bone mineral suggests that it may inhibit bone resorption by direct effects on osteoclasts or other bone cells in the immediate microenvironment of the osteoclasts. From our study, we conclude that structural alterations induced by neridronic acid in our co-culture system lead to decreased osteoclast function. This may encourage the use of neridronic acid to reduce bone resorption in the therapy of demineralizing metabolic bone disorders.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Protein kinase C is a family of serine-threonine kinases that are physiologically activated by a number of lipid cofactors and are important transducers in many agonistind uced signaling cascades. Bone morphogenesis, remodeling, and resorption are controlled in part by osteoclasts. These cells arise from hematopoietic precursors by physiologically controlled processes that involve growth factors, cytokines, peptide, and steroid hormone interactions with their receptors. Osteoclast differentiation and activation is now known to be positively and negatively controlled by members of the tumor necrosis factor and tumor necrosis factor receptor superfamily of proteins. Protein kinase C (PKC) plays a critical role in numerous signal transduction pathways regulating a diversity of cellular processes including replication, differentiation. and phenotypic expression (Nishizuka, 1988, 1992). Previous studies have suggested that PKC pathway is an important second messenger in osteoclast. With this paper we want to demonstrate the immunolocalization of PKC, alpha, delta, epsilon, and zeta during osteoclasts formation. (The J Histoteclznol 29:167, 2006)Submitted April 10, 2006; accepted with revisions July 17, 2006
Journal of histotechnology 08/2006; · 0.29 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The interaction between the receptor activator of NfKB (RANK) and its ligand receptor activator of NfKB ligand (RANKL) has recently been proven to be pivotal for osteoclast differentiation and activation. The influence of RANK-RANKL signaling on osteoclast formation was established by co-culturing murine osteoblasts (type CRL-12257) and murine mononuclear monocytes (RAW 264.7). The aim of the present study was to examine, by means of morphological techniques, the interaction between these two cell lines grown in the absolute absence of exogenous cytokines and other stimulating factors. Moreover, we wanted to show that our model could provide a system to analyze the bone resorption process. Mineralized matrix induced morphological changes of osteoclasts (OC) by the formation of organized ruffled-border and a large number of secondary lysosomal vesicles. On the contrary, OC grown on glass coverslips without dentin showed no organized ruffled border or secondary lysosomes. The study of the relationship between these two cell types could establish new approaches for a potential pharmacological control of these cell types and tissues in health and disease.
Journal of Molecular Histology 06/2006; 37(3-4):171-7. · 1.98 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The surgical treatment of chondral lesions has evolved in the last few years by the use of methods that promote newformed hyaline cartilage. The implantation of autologous chondrocytes could develop methods that simplify surgical procedures and reduce invasiveness with subsequent advantages for patient rehabilitation. The introduction of threedimensional supports allowing a better cell distribution inside the implant has been shown as the most significant stage in the development of these methods. In this study, cartilage specimens were taken by arthroscopy from a nonweight-bearing area of the knee and cultured in vitro on a biocompatible scaffold that allows optinla1 growth and expansion of condrocytes. (The J Histotechnol 28:57, 2005)Submitted September 2, 2004; accepted with revisions April 6, 2005
Journal of histotechnology 05/2005; · 0.29 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: PKC is a family of 12 serine/threonine isoenzymes that plays a pivotal role in signal transduction in a large number of biological processes. In the present work we have investigated the expression of PKC (alpha, delta, epsilon, zeta) in chick chondrocyte primary cultures at different differentiation times, i.e. at 48, 55, 62 and 69 days after cell collection from tibiae of 6-day old chick embryos. We would also detect cell differentiation stages towards the osteoblast-like cell phenotype by observing the immunocytochemical expression of the specific osteoblast marker, type I collagen. At the considered culture times, cells exhibited immunocytochemical positivity for type I collagen, thus showing their differentiation towards the osteoblast-like phenotype. PKC-zeta was the isoenzyme that exhibited the most relevant immunocytochemical expression in all considered culture times, whereas PKC-epsilon always less expressed in comparison to the other PKC-isoforms. No relevant differences were observed for the immunocytochemical expressions of PKC-alpha and PKC-delta. On the basis of the immunocytochemical data obtained from the present investigation, we could affirm that PKC-alpha, -delta, -epsilon, and -zeta may play peculiar roles in the differentiation process of chick chondrocytes towards the osteoblast-like cell phenotype.
Italian journal of anatomy and embryology = Archivio italiano di anatomia ed embriologia 01/2004; 109(1):55-65.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: TRAIL is a member of the tumor necrosis factor superfamily which induces apoptosis in cancer but not in normal cells. Akt1 promotes cell survival and blocks apoptosis. The scope of this paper was to investigate whether a HL60 human leukemia cell clone (named AR) with constitutively active Akt1 was resistant to TRAIL. We found that parental (PT) HL60 cells were very sensitive to a 6 h incubation in the presence of TRAIL and died by apoptosis. In contrast, AR cells were resistant to TRAIL concentrations as high as 2 microg/ml for 24 h. Two pharmacological inhibitors of PI3K, Ly294002 and wortmannin, restored TRAIL sensitivity of AR cells. AR cells stably overexpressing PTEN had lower Akt1 activity and were sensitive to TRAIL. Conversely, PT cells stably overexpressing a constitutive active form of Akt1 became TRAIL resistant. TRAIL activated caspase-8 but not caspase-9 or -10 in HL60 cells. We did not observe a protective effect of Bcl-X(L) or Bcl-2 against the cytotoxic activity of TRAIL, even though TRAIL induced cleavage of BID. There was a close correlation between TRAIL sensitivity and intranuclear presence of the p50 subunit of NF-kappaB. Higher levels of the FLICE inhibitory protein, cFLIP(L), were observed in TRAIL-resistant cells. Both the cell permeable NF-kappaB inhibitor SN50 and cycloheximide lowered cFLIP(L)expression and restored sentivity of AR cells to TRAIL. Our results suggest that Akt1 may be an important regulator of TRAIL sensitivity in HL60 cells through the activation of NF-kappaB and up-regulation of cFLIP(L) synthesis.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Previous results from our laboratory have demonstrated that lamin B1 is a protein kinase C (PKC)-binding protein. Here, we have identified the regions of PKC-alpha that are important for this binding. By means of overlay assays and fusion proteins made of glutathione-S-transferase (GST) fused to elements of the regulatory domain of rat PKC-alpha, we have established that binding occurs through both the V1 region and a portion of the C2 region (i.e., the calcium-dependent lipid binding [CaLB] domain) of the kinase. In particular, we have found that amino acids 200-217 of the CaLB domain are essential for binding lamin B1, as a synthetic peptide corresponding to this stretch of amino acids prevented the interaction between the CaLB domain of PKC-alpha and lamin B1. In agreement with the results of other investigators, we have determined that binding of regulatory elements of PKC-alpha to lamin B1 does not require the presence of cofactors such as PS and Ca(2+). We have also found that the binding site of lamin B1 for PKC-alpha is localized in the carboxyl-terminus of the lamin. Our findings may prove to be important in shedding more light on the mechanisms that regulate PKC functions within the nuclear compartment and may also lead to the synthesis of isozyme-specific pharmacological tools to attenuate or reverse PKC-dependent nuclear signalling pathways important for the pathogenesis of cancer.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Several independent groups have shown that lipid-dependent signal transduction systems operate in the nucleus and that they are regulated independently from their membrane and cytosolic counterparts. A sizable body of evidence suggests that nuclear lipid signaling controls critical biological functions such as cell proliferation and differentiation. Diacylglycerol is a fundamental lipid second messenger which is produced in the nucleus. The levels of nuclear diacylglycerol fluctuate during the cell cycle progression, suggesting that such a molecule has important regulatory roles. Most likely, nuclear diacylglycerol serves as a chemoattractant for some isoforms of protein kinase C that migrate to the nucleus in response to a variety of agonists. The nucleus also contains diacylglycerol kinases, i.e. the enzymes that, by converting diacylglycerol into phosphatidic acid, terminate diacylglycerol-dependent events. A number of diacylglycerol kinases encoded by separate genes are present in the mammalian genome. This review aims at highlighting the different isotypes of diacylglycerol kinases identified at the nuclear level as well as at discussing their potential function and regulation.
Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences CMLS 08/2002; 59(7):1129-37. · 5.86 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Previous results from our laboratory have identified lamin A as a protein kinase C (PKC)-binding protein. Here, we have identified the regions of PKC-alpha that are crucial for this binding. By means of overlay assays and fusion proteins made of glutathione-S-transferase (GST) fused to elements of rat PKC-alpha, we have established that binding occurs through both the V5 region and a portion of the C2 region (i.e., the calcium-dependent lipid binding (CaLB) domain) of the kinase. In particular, we have found that amino acid 200-217 of the CaLB domain are essential for binding lamin A, as a synthetic peptide corresponding to this stretch of amino acids prevented the interaction between the CaLB domain and lamin A. We also show that the presence of four lysine residues of the CaLB domain (K205, K209, K211, and K213) was essential for the binding. We have determined that binding of elements of PKC-alpha to lamin A does not require the presence of cofactors such as phosphatidylserine (PS) and Ca(2+). We have also found that the binding site of lamin A for the CaLB domain of PKC-alpha is localized in the carboxyl-terminus of the lamin, downstream of amino acid 499. Our findings may prove to be important to clarify the mechanisms regulating PKC function within the nucleus and may also lead to the synthesis of isozyme-specific drugs to attenuate or reverse PKC-dependent nuclear signaling pathways important for the pathogenesis of cancer.
Journal of Cellular Biochemistry 02/2002; 86(2):320-30. · 3.37 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Although inositol lipids constitute only a very minor proportion of total cellular lipids, they have received immense attention by scientists since it was discovered that they play key roles in a wide range of important cellular processes. In the late 1980s, it was suggested that these lipids are also present within the cell nucleus. Albeit the early reports about the intranuclear localization of phosphoinositides were met by skepticism and disbelief, compelling evidence has subsequently been accumulated convincingly showing that a phosphoinositide cycle is present at the nuclear level and may be activated in response to stimuli that do not activate the inositol lipid metabolism localized at the plasma membrane. Very recently, intriguing new data have highlighted that some of the mechanisms regulating nuclear inositol lipid metabolism differ in a substantial way from those operating at the cell periphery. Here, we provide an overview of recent findings regarding the regulation of both nuclear phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase and phosphoinositide-specific phospholipase C-beta1.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Recent reports have highlighted that phosphoinositide-specific phospholipase Cbeta1 expression is linked to neuronal differentiation in different experimental models. We sought to determine whether or not this is also true for nerve growth factor (NGF)-induced neuronal differentiation of rat PC12 cells. However, we did not find differences in the expression of both the forms of phosphoinositide-specific phospholipase Cbeta1 (a and b) during sympathetic differentiation of these cells. Also, PC12 cell clones stably overexpressing phosphoinositide-specific phospholipase Cbeta1 were not more susceptible to the differentiating effect of NGF. Furthermore, since it is well established that phosphoinositide-specific phospholipase Cbeta1 affects cell proliferation, we investigated whether or not PC12 cell clones stably overexpressing phosphoinositide-specific phospholipase Cbeta1 showed differences in survival to serum deprivation and cell cycle, when compared to wild type cells. Nevertheless, we did not find any differences in these parameters between wild type cells and the overexpressing clones. Interestingly, in PC12 cells the overexpressed phosphoinositide-specific phospholipase Cbeta1 did not localize to the nucleus, but by immunofluorescence analysis, was detected in the cytoplasm. Therefore, our findings may represent another important clue to the fact that only when it is located within the nucleus phosphoinositide-specific phospholipase Cbeta1 is able to influence cell proliferation.
Journal of Cellular Biochemistry 02/2001; 84(1):56-67. · 3.37 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Cell death in eukaryotes can occur by either apoptosis or necrosis. Apoptosis is characterized by well-defined nuclear changes which are thought to be the consequence of both proteolysis and DNA fragmentation. On the other hand, the nuclear modifications that occur during necrosis are largely less known. Here, we have investigated whether or not nuclear modifications occur during ethanol-induced necrotic cell death of HL-60 cells. By means of immunofluorescence staining, we demonstrate that the patterns given by antibodies directed against some nuclear proteins (lamin B1, NuMA, topoisomerase IIalpha, SC-35, B23/nucleophosmin) changed in necrotic cells. The changes in the spatial distribution of NuMA strongly resembled those described to occur during apoptosis. On the contrary, the fluorescent pattern characteristic for other nuclear proteins (C23/nucleolin, UBF, fibrillarin, RNA polymerase I) did not change during necrosis. By immunoblotting analysis, we observed that some nuclear proteins (SAF-A, SATB1, NuMA) were cleaved during necrosis, and in the case of SATB1, the apoptotic signature fragment of 70 kDa was also present to the same extent in necrotic samples. Caspase inhibitors did not prevent proteolytic cleavage of the aforementioned polypeptides during necrosis, while they were effective if apoptosis was induced. In contrast, lamin B1 and topoisomerase IIalpha were uncleaved in necrotic cells, whereas they were proteolyzed during apoptosis. Transmission electron microscopy analysis revealed that slight morphological changes were present in the nuclear matrix fraction prepared from necrotic cells. However, these modifications (mainly consisting of a rarefaction of the inner fibrogranular network) were not as striking as those we have previously described in apoptotic HL-60 cells. Taken together, our results indicate that during necrosis marked biochemical and morphological changes do occur at the nuclear level. These alterations are quite distinct from those known to take place during apoptosis. Our results identify additional biochemical and morphological criteria that could be used to discriminate between the two types of cell death. J. Cell. Biochem. Suppl. 36: 19-31, 2001.
Journal of cellular biochemistry. Supplement 02/2001; Suppl 36:19-31.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We investigated the cellular localization of the small GTPases Rab3D and Rab3A in AtT-20 cells treated with the drug Brefeldin A. Brefeldin A induces the redistribution of the Golgi complex into the endoplasmic reticulum and tubulation of endosomes. However, in Brefeldin A-treated wild-type AtT-20 cells, both Rab3D and Rab3A retained their distribution, indicating that they belong to a nonendosomal, post-Golgi compartment. Immunoelectron microscopy experiments indicated that both Rab3D and Rab3A localized to the ACTH-containing, large dense core granules. In contrast, in cell clones overexpressing a mutated form of Rab3D (Rab3D N135I), Rab3A did not localize to the dense core granules. Moreover, since our previous results showed that overexpression of Rab3D N135I severely impaired regulated ACTH secretion in AtT-20 cells, we sought to determine whether the impairment could depend on a redistribution of two key components of the regulated exocytosis machinery, synaptotagmin and SNAP-25. As far as synaptotagmin was concerned, in cell clones overexpressing Rab3D N135I, the protein did not localize close to the plasma membrane, in agreement with the previously reported defective docking of dense core granules to the plasma membrane. Immunofluorescence experiments showed that SNAP-25 did not change its localization in these cell clones. All in all, our findings strengthen the notion that both Rab3D and Rab3A are associated with the dense core granule compartment of AtT-20 cells, and that the impairment in the ACTH secretion caused by overexpression of a mutated Rab3D form is likely to be due to a lacking of granule docking to the plasma membrane, possibly because Rab3A fails to associate with the granules.
European journal of histochemistry: EJH 02/2001; 45(4):347-56. · 2.24 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The biocompatibility in vitro of dental biomaterials has been widely studied, with consideration of cell viability and cell proliferation rates. In the present study we evaluated the biocompatibility in vitro of three single-phase dental metal alloys, all provided by the same manufacturer. To this aim, we considered the percentage of proliferating cells revealed by 5-bromodeoxyuridine incorporation in human fibroblast cultures in the presence of these biomaterials, performing a short time test (72 h). These data were correlated with immunocytochemical expression of four molecules of the extracellular matrix, i.e., fibronectin, type I collagen, beta(1)-integrin subunit, and chondroitin sulfate, because the capability of cells to adhere to substrata is widely related to cell proliferation rates. Alloys presenting higher amounts of noble elements were more biocompatible even when they contained significant amount of both Ag and Cu. As regards the expression of the extracellular matrix molecules, the organization level of fibronectin in fibrils was correlated with higher cell proliferation rates, whereas no difference was detected for the expression of the other antigens. On these bases, we assume that expression of fibronectin could be a useful parameter in evaluation of biocompatibility in addition to cell proliferation capability.
Journal of Biomedical Materials Research 01/2001; 52(3):479-87.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Rab proteins are Ras-like GTPases that regulate traffic along the secretory or endocytic pathways. Within the Rab family, Rab3 proteins are expressed at high levels in neurons and endocrine cells where they regulate release of dense core granules and synaptic vesicles. Immunoelectron microscopy shows that Rab3A and Rab3D can coexist on the same granule before and after docking. Using electron microscopy of transfected PC12 cells, we report that expression of wild-type Rab3A (or Rab3D) increases the total number of granules and the percentage that is docked at the plasma membrane. Mutated Rab3A N135I (or Rab3D N135I) decreases the total granule number and the fraction of granules docked to the plasma membrane. These data show that at least one of the functions of Rab3A and Rab3D proteins is to control the number of granules docked at the plasma membrane.