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Endocrinology., 2003; 144(8): 3677-82, PMID: 12865350

The cell surface form of colony-stimulating factor-1 is biologically active in bone in vivo

Jahr: 2003

Yao GQ, Wu JJ, Sun BH, Troiano N, Mitnick MA, Insogna K
Section of Comparative Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut 06520-8016, USA.


The specific biological function of the cell surface or membrane-bound isoform of colony-stimulating factor-1 (mCSF-1) is not well understood. To help define the role of this isoform in bone, we developed a transgenic mouse in which targeted expression of human mCSF-1 in osteoblasts was achieved under the control of the 2.4-kb rat collagen type I alpha promoter. Bone density, determined by peripheral quantitative computed tomography, was reduced 7% in mCSF-1 transgenic compared with that in wild-type mice. Histomorphometric analyses indicated that the number of osteoclasts in bone (NOc/BPm, NOc/TAR, OcS/BS) was significantly increased in transgenic mice (1.7- to 1.8-fold; P < 0.05 to P < 0.01) compared with that in wild-type animals. Interestingly, the osteoblast-restricted isoform transgene corrected the osteopetrosis seen in CSF-1-deficient op/op mice. Skeletal growth and bone density in op/op mice expressing mCSF-1 in osteoblasts were similar to those in wild-type mice and were dramatically different from those in the unmanipulated op/op animals. The op/op mice expressing mCSF-1 in bone had normal incisor and molar tooth eruption, whereas the op/op mice evidenced the expected failure of tooth eruption. These findings directly support the conclusion that mCSF-1 is functionally active in bone in vivo and is probably an important local source of CSF-1.

GID: 711; Letzte Änderung: 15.01.2008