Horm Metab Res 2009; 41(8): 612-616
DOI: 10.1055/s-0029-1220684
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Inhibition of the Mevalonate Pathway Rescues the Dexamethasone-induced Suppression of the Mineralization in Osteoblasts via Enhancing Bone Morphogenetic Protein-2 Signal

I. Kanazawa 1 , T. Yamaguchi 1 , S. Yano 1 , K. Hayashi 1 , M. Yamauchi 1 , T. Sugimoto 1
  • 1Department of Internal Medicine 1, Shimane University Faculty of Medicine, lzumo Japan
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Publication History

received 15.01.2009

accepted 25.03.2009

Publication Date:
21 April 2009 (online)


We used dexamethasone (DEX)-treated osteoblastic MC3T3-E1 cells, and investigated the effects of an AMP-activated protein kinase activator, 5-aminoimidazole-4-carboxamide-1-β-D-ribonucleoside (AICAR), a Rho-associated protein kinase inhibitor, fasudil hydrochrolide, as well as HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, simvastatin and pitavastatin, all of which inhibit the mevalonate pathway. DEX (10−8 M) significantly enhanced mRNA expression of bone morphogenetic protein (BMP)-2 antagonists, follistatin and Dan, and addition of each of 10−4 M AICAR, 10−5 M fasudil, 10−6 M simvastatin, and 10−6 M pitavastatin significantly reversed the enhancement in mRNA expression of follistatin and Dan and stimulated that of BMP-2 in the cells (p<0.05). DEX (10−8 M) also significantly suppressed mineralization in the cells, and addition of each of these agents significantly reversed the suppression of mineralization (p<0.05). These findings suggest that the mevalonate pathway was involved in glucocorticoid-induced osteoblast dysfunction, and that its inhibition might promote bone formation through BMP-2 and alleviate glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis.



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