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Dev Cell. 2004 Feb;6(2):303-9.

The atypical PKC-interacting protein p62 is an important mediator of RANK-activated osteoclastogenesis.

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  • 1Centro de Biología Molecular Severo Ochoa, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Universidad Autónoma, Canto Blanco, 28049 Madrid, Spain.


The atypical PKCs (aPKCs) have been implicated genetically in at least two independent signaling cascades that control NF-kappa B and cell polarity, through the interaction with the adapters p62 and Par-6, respectively. P62 binds TRAF6, which plays an essential role in osteoclastogenesis and bone remodeling. Recently, p62 mutations have been shown to be the cause of the 5q35-linked Paget's disease of bone, a genetic disorder characterized by aberrant osteoclastic activity. Here we show that p62, like TRAF6, is upregulated during RANK-L-induced osteoclastogenesis and that the genetic inactivation of p62 in mice leads to impaired osteoclastogenesis in vitro and in vivo, as well as inhibition of IKK activation and NF-kappa B nuclear translocation. In addition, RANK-L stimulation leads to the inducible formation of a ternary complex involving TRAF6, p62, and the aPKCs. These observations demonstrate that p62 is an important mediator during osteoclastogenesis and induced bone remodeling.

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