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Glucocorticoids suppress bone formation by attenuating osteoblast differentiation via the monomeric glucocorticoid receptor
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2010 (English)In: Cell Metabolism, ISSN 1550-4131, Vol. 11, no 6, 517-531 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Development of osteoporosis severely complicates long-term glucocorticoid (GC) therapy. Using a Cre-transgenic mouse line, we now demonstrate that GCs are unable to repress bone formation in the absence of glucocorticoid receptor (GR) expression in osteoblasts as they become refractory to hormone-induced apoptosis, inhibition of proliferation, and differentiation. In contrast, GC treatment still reduces bone formation in mice carrying a mutation that only disrupts GR dimerization, resulting in bone loss in vivo, enhanced apoptosis, and suppressed differentiation in vitro. The inhibitory GC effects on osteoblasts can be explained by a mechanism involving suppression of cytokines, such as interleukin 11, via interaction of the monomeric GR with AP-1, but not NF-kappaB. Thus, GCs inhibit cytokines independent of GR dimerization and thereby attenuate osteoblast differentiation, which accounts, in part, for bone loss during GC therapy.

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2010. Vol. 11, no 6, 517-531 p.
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induced osteoporosis; gene-expression; dna-binding; cell-cycle; mice; inhibition; interleukin-11; osteoclast; mechanisms; phenotype
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-40517DOI: 10.1016/j.cmet.2010.05.005ISI: 000278747800010PubMedID: 20519123OAI: diva2:400270
Available from: 2011-02-25 Created: 2011-02-25 Last updated: 2012-01-13Bibliographically approved

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