Journal article

Wnt Signaling Inhibits Osteoclast Differentiation by Activating Canonical and Noncanonical cAMP/PKA Pathways

Megan M Weivoda, Ming Ruan, Christine M Hachfeld, Larry Pederson, Alan Howe, Rachel A Davey, Jeffrey D Zajac, Yasuhiro Kobayashi, Bart O Williams, Jennifer J Westendorf, Sundeep Khosla, Merry Jo Oursler

JOURNAL OF BONE AND MINERAL RESEARCH | WILEY | Published : 2016

Abstract

Although there has been extensive characterization of the Wnt signaling pathway in the osteoblast lineage, the effects of Wnt proteins on the osteoclast lineage are less well studied. We found that osteoclast lineage cells express canonical Wnt receptors. Wnt3a reduced osteoclast formation when applied to early bone-marrow macrophage (BMM) osteoclast differentiation cultures, whereas late addition did not suppress osteoclast formation. Early Wnt3a treatment inactivated the crucial transcription factor NFATc1 in osteoclast progenitors. Wnt3a led to the accumulation of nuclear β-catenin, confirming activation of canonical Wnt signaling. Reducing low-density lipoprotein receptor-related protein..

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