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J Biol Chem. 1999 Feb 19;274(8):4900-7.

Stable association of PYK2 and p130(Cas) in osteoclasts and their co-localization in the sealing zone.

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  • 1Department of Bone Biology and Osteoporosis Research, Merck Research Laboratories, West Point, Pennsylvania 19486, USA.


Bone resorption is initiated by osteoclast attachment to the mineralized matrix, cytoskeletal reorganization, cellular polarization, and the formation of the sealing zone. The present study examines the interaction between PYK2 and p130(Cas) (Crk-associated substrate), suggested to be part of the signaling pathway initiated by osteoclast adhesion. Using murine osteoclast-like cells (OCLs) and their mononuclear precursors (pOCs), generated in a co-culture of bone marrow and osteoblastic MB1.8 cells, we show that: 1) p130(Cas) is tyrosine-phosphorylated upon adhesion of pOCs to vitronectin or ligation of beta3 integrins; 2) p130(Cas) colocalizes with PYK2 and the cytoskeletal proteins F-actin, vinculin, and paxillin in the podosomal-rich ring-like structures of OCLs plated on glass and in the sealing zone in actively resorbing OCLs on bone; 3) p130(Cas) and PYK2 form a stable complex in pOCs, independent of tyrosine phosphorylation of either molecule, and this complex is present in Src (-/-) OCLs, in which neither protein is phosphorylated or associated with the osteoclast adhesion structure; 4) the association of p130(Cas) and PYK2 is mediated by the SH3 domain of p130(Cas) and the C-terminal domain of PYK2. These findings suggest that p130(Cas) and its association with PYK2 may play an important role in the adhesion-dependent signaling that leads to cytoskeletal reorganization and formation of the sealing zone during osteoclast activation.

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