Xuejuan Xu 1 2 3, Jiayi Yang 2, Yanshi Ye 2, Guoqiang Chen 1, Yinhua Zhang 2, Hangtian Wu 4, Yuqian Song 2, Meichen Feng 2, Xiaoting Feng 2, Xingying Chen 2, Xiao Wang 5, Xu Lin 2, Xiaochun Bai 2 3, Jie Shen 2 5
Front Cell Dev Biol. 2021 Mar 19;9:653724.doi: 10.3389/fcell.2021.653724. eCollection 2021.
Osteoporosis is a common systemic skeletal disorder that leads to increased bone fragility and increased risk of fracture. Although βII-Spectrin (SPTBN1) has been reported to be involved in the development of various human cancers, the function and underlying molecular mechanisms of SPTBN1 in primary osteoporosis remain unclear. In this study, we first established a primary osteoporosis mouse model of senile osteoporosis and postmenopausal osteoporosis. The results showed that the expression of SPTBN1 was significantly downregulated in primary osteoporosis mice model compared with the control group. Furthermore, silencing of SPTBN1 led to a decrease in bone density, a small number of trabecular bones, wider gap, decreased blood volume fraction and number of blood vessels, as well as downregulation of runt-related transcription factor 2 (Runx2), Osterix (Osx), Osteocalcin (Ocn), and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in primary osteoporosis mice model compared with the control group. Besides, the silencing of SPTBN1 inhibited the growth and induced apoptosis of mouse pre-osteoblast MC3T3-E1 cells compared with the negative control group. Moreover, the silencing of SPTBN1 significantly increased the expression of TGF-β, Cxcl9, and the phosphorylation level STAT1 and Smad3 in MC3T3-E1 cells compared with the control group. As expected, overexpression of SPTBN1 reversed the effect of SPTBN1 silencing in the progression of primary osteoporosis both in vitro and in vivo. Taken together, these results suggested that SPTBN1 suppressed primary osteoporosis by facilitating the proliferation, differentiation, and inhibition of apoptosis in osteoblasts via the TGF-β/Smad3 and STAT1/Cxcl9 pathways. Besides, overexpression of SPTBN1 promoted the formation of blood vessels in bone by regulating the expression of VEGF. This study, therefore, provided SPTBN1 as a novel therapeutic target for osteoporosis.