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Harmine targets inhibitor of DNA binding-2 and activator protein-1 to promote preosteoclast PDGF-BB production

Jie Huang 1 2You-You Li 1 2Kun Xia 1 2Yi-Yi Wang 1 2Chun-Yuan Chen 1 2Meng-Lu Chen 1 2 3Jia Cao 1 2Zheng-Zhao Liu 1 2 3 4Zhen-Xing Wang 1 2Hao Yin 1 2Xiong-Ke Hu 1 2Zheng-Guang Wang 5Yong Zhou 5Hui Xie 1 2 3 4 6 7

J Cell Mol Med. 2021 May 7. doi: 10.1111/jcmm.16562. 


Osteoporosis is one of the most common metabolic bone diseases affecting millions of people. We previously found that harmine prevents bone loss in ovariectomized mice via increasing preosteoclast platelet-derived growth factor-BB (PDGF-BB) production and type H vessel formation. However, the molecular mechanisms by which harmine promotes preosteoclast PDGF-BB generation are still unclear. In this study, we revealed that inhibitor of DNA binding-2 (Id2) and activator protein-1 (AP-1) were important factors implicated in harmine-enhanced preosteoclast PDGF-BB production. Exposure of RANKL-induced Primary bone marrow macrophages (BMMs), isolated from tibiae and femora of mice, to harmine increased the protein levels of Id2 and AP-1. Knockdown of Id2 by Id2-siRNA reduced the number of preosteoclasts as well as secretion of PDGF-BB in RANKL-stimulated BMMs administrated with harmine. Inhibition of c-Fos or c-Jun (components of AP-1) both reversed the stimulatory effect of harmine on preosteoclast PDGF-BB production. Dual-luciferase reporter assay analyses determined that PDGF-BB was the direct target of AP-1 which was up-regulated by harmine treatment. In conclusion, our data demonstrated a novel mechanism involving in the production of PDGF-BB increased by harmine, which may provide potential therapeutic targets for bone loss diseases.