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J Bone Miner Res. 2001 Sep;16(9):1593-9.

Tumor necrosis factor alpha-induced osteoclastogenesis requires tumor necrosis factor receptor-associated factor 6.

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Department of Life Science, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Yokohama, Japan.


Although tumor necrosis factor receptor-associated factor 6 (TRAF6) is required in receptor activator of NF-kappaB-receptor activator of NF-kappaB ligand (RANK-RANKL) signaling for osteoclastogenesis, it has remained unclear whether TRAF6 is crucial in tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha)-induced osteoclastogenesis. We examined TRAF6 function in the TNF-alpha-induced osteoclastogenesis by using osteoclast progenitor cells from TRAF6-deficient mice. The results indicated that TNF-alpha did not effectively induce osteoclast differentiation from osteoclast progenitor cells derived from these mice into mature multinucleated osteoclasts, although c-jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) and TNF-alpha activation was observed in osteoclast progenitor cells. Thus, we have provided the first evidence showing that TRAF6 is involved in TNF-alpha-induced osteoclastogenesis.

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