Negative feedback loop of bone resorption by NFATc1-dependent induction of Cadm1

Shinya Nakamura, Takuma Koyama, Naohiro Izawa, Seitaro Nomura, Takanori Fujita, Yasunori Omata, Takashi Minami, Morio Matsumoto, Masaya Nakamura, Eriko Fujita-Jimbo, Takashi Momoi, Takeshi Miyamoto, Hiroyuki Aburatani, Sakae Tanaka

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Trimethylation of histone H3 lysine 4 and lysine 27 (H3K4me3 and H3K27me3) at gene promoter regions critically regulates gene expression. Key developmental genes tend to exhibit changes in histone modification patterns from the H3K4me3/H3K27me3 bivalent pattern to the H3K4me3 monovalent pattern. Using comprehensive chromatin immunoprecipitation followed by sequencing in bone marrow-derived macrophages (BMMs) and mature osteoclasts, we found that cell surface adhesion molecule 1 (Cadm1) is a direct target of nuclear factor of activated T cells 1 (NFATc1) and exhibits a bivalent histone pattern in BMMs and a monovalent pattern in osteoclasts. Cadm1 expression was upregulated in BMMs by receptor activator of nuclear factor kappa B ligand (RANKL), and blocked by a calcineurin/NFATc1 inhibitor, FK506. Cadm1-deficient mice exhibited significantly reduced bone mass compared with wild-type mice, which was due to the increased osteoclast differentiation, survival and bone-resorbing activity in Cadm1-deficient osteoclasts. These results suggest that Cadm1 is a direct target of NFATc1, which is induced by RANKL through epigenetic modification, and regulates osteoclastic bone resorption in a negative feedback manner.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0175632
JournalPloS one
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Apr

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • General


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