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08 January 2020 : Laboratory Research

N-myc Downstream-Regulated Gene 2 (NDRG2) Promotes Bone Morphogenetic Protein 2 (BMP2)-Induced Osteoblastic Differentiation and Calcification by Janus Kinase 3 (JAK3)/Signal Transducer and Activator of Transcription 3 (STAT3) Signaling Pathway

SunYu Chen1BCDE, JianKun Wang1BC, Chao Cai1BC, Xiaoyan Xie2AF*

DOI: 10.12659/MSM.918541

Med Sci Monit 2020; 26:e918541


BACKGROUND: Osteoporosis is an osteolytic disease resulted from imbalance in bone homeostasis. Studies indicated that N-myc downstream-regulated gene 2 (NDRG2) could affect the osteoclast differentiation. However, the effect of NDRG2 on osteoblastic differentiation and calcification remains unknown. Hence, we aimed to analyze the effect of NDRG2 on the proliferation and differentiation of osteoblasts.

MATERIAL AND METHODS: The differentiation of bone morphogenetic protein 2 (BMP2) induced MC3T3-E1 cells was observed by the microscope. Real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR) and western blot analysis detected the expression of BMP2, NDRG2, runt-related transcription factor 2 (Runx2), osteoprotegerin (OPG), osterix (OSX), and osteocalcin (OCN). Alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity assay was detecting the ALP activity and alizarin red staining assay was analyzing intracellular calcium salt deposition. The cell transfection was also verified by RT-qPCR analysis.

RESULTS: The results demonstrated that BMP2 promoted the osteoblastic differentiation with the increasing expression of Runx2, OPG, OSX, and OCN. NDRG2 expression was upregulated during osteogenic differentiation. NDRG2 overexpression promoted the expression of Runx2, OPG, OSX, and OCN, and increased the ALP activity while NDRG2 inhibition reversed the changes. NDRG2 overexpression increased the intracellular calcium salt deposition and NDRG2 inhibition reversed the changes. The role of NDRG2 in osteoblastic differentiation and calcification was played through the JAK3/STAT3 signal pathway.

CONCLUSIONS: The presented data indicated that NDRG2 promoted BMP2-induced osteoblastic differentiation and calcification by activating the JAK3/STAT3 signal pathway.

Keywords: Bone Morphogenetic Protein Receptors, Type II, Calcification, Physiologic, Cell Differentiation, Osteoblasts


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