Evidence for the role of matrix metalloproteinase-13 in bone resorption by giant cell tumor of bone

McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8V 5C2.
Human pathology (Impact Factor: 2.77). 09/2010; 41(9):1320-9. DOI: 10.1016/j.humpath.2010.03.001
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Giant cell tumor of bone (GCT) is an aggressively osteolytic primary bone tumor that is characterized by the presence of abundant multinucleated osteoclast-like giant cells, hematopoietic monocytes, and a distinct mesenchymal stromal cell component. Previous work in our laboratory has shown that matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-13 is the principal proteinase expressed by the stromal cells of GCT. The release of cytokines, particularly interleukin-1beta, by the giant cells of GCT acts on stromal cells to stimulate a surge in MMP-13 secretion. The purpose of this study was to determine the bone resorption capabilities of the cellular elements of GCT and the significance of the MMP-13 expression involved in GCT bone resorption. We present a 3-dimensional histomorphometric technique developed to analyze resorption pit depth and yield an accurate measurement of bone resorption with a direct physical view of lacunae on bone slices. In this study, we demonstrate that the mesenchymal stromal cells and the multinucleated giant cells of GCT are independently capable of bone resorption. However, coculture of these 2 cell fractions shows a synergistic increase in bone resorption. In addition, inhibition of MMP-13 reduces resorptive activity of the cells indicating that MMP-13 likely plays an important role in this tumor. This cell-cell cooperation involves giant cell-derived cytokine up-regulation of MMP-13 in the stromal cells, which in turn assists the giant cells in bone resorption. Future research will involve elucidation of the role of cell-cell/matrix communication pathways in bone resorption and tumorigenesis in GCT.

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    • "Although the giant cells are primarily responsible for the osteolysis typical in GCT, evidence suggests that the osteoblast-like stromal cell is the true neoplastic component of this neoplasm [5]. Previous work in our lab has shown that many factors, including growth factors, transcription factors, and cytokines play important roles regulating the neoplastic properties of the stromal cells of GCT [6] [7] [8] [9] [10]. One factor that we have found to be particularly important is parathyroid hormone-related protein (PTHrP), which we have found to be highly expressed in GCT, both in vivo and in vitro [10] [11]. "
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    • "Following several successive passages, the mesenchymal stromal cells became the homogeneous cell type whereas the multinucleated giant cells were eliminated from culture. Primary cultures of the proliferating homogenous stromal tumor cell population obtained after the fifth or sixth passage (without any hematopoietic markers) and up to the tenth passage were used for experiments [30], [31]. GCT-stromal cells were incubated in media containing 50 nmol/L ascorbic acid, 3 mM inorganic phosphate (NaH2PO4) and a range of dilution from 10 to 40 ng/ml of FGF-2 (Minneapolis, MN). "
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    • "Previous work in our lab has shown that the osteoblastic transcription factor Runx2 and AP-1 plays an important role in regulating protein expression in the neoplastic cells stromal cells of GCT. [6], [7], [8], [9]. Among these proteins, we have found that parathyroid hormone-related protein (PTHrP) and its receptor are constitutively expressed in this tumor [10]. "
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