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Regulation of collagenolytic protease secretion through c-Src in osteoclasts.

The role of pp60c-src activity in the synthesis and secretion of the collagenolytic cysteine proteases (CCPs), cathepsin K (CAK), cathepsin L (CAL), and cathepsin B (CAB), by osteoclasts was investigated. Synthesis and secretion of CAL were up-regulated by 1alpha,25-(OH)2D3, but neither those of CAK, dominant relative to CAL, nor CAB, barely detectable, levels changed in the experiments. Though PP1, a pp60c-src inhibitor, had no effect on CCPs synthesis, suppressed the CAK and CAL secretion. Wortmannin, a phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase ( PI3-kinase) inhibitor that works as a second messenger for pp60c-src, and cytochalasin B, an inhibitor of actin polymerization, suppressed the secretion of both CAK and CAL without suppressing synthesis. Hydroxyproline release, an indicator of degradation of type-I collagen, and F-actin ring formation, a structure linked to osteoclastic bone resorption, were suppressed by PP1, cytochalasin B or wortmannin. These results suggested inhibition of pp60c-src activity affected the osteoclastic cytoskeleton, which in turn reflected the suppression of bone resorption.[1]


  1. Regulation of collagenolytic protease secretion through c-Src in osteoclasts. Furuyama, N., Fujisawa, Y. Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun. (2000) [Pubmed]
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