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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2007 Jul 3;104(27):11394-9. Epub 2007 Jun 25.

Pathological role of osteoclast costimulation in arthritis-induced bone loss.

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Department of Cell Signaling, Graduate School, Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Yushima 1-5-45, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8549, Japan.


Abnormal T cell immune responses induce aberrant expression of inflammatory cytokines such as TNF-alpha, leading to osteoclastmediated bone erosion and osteoporosis in autoimmune arthritis. However, the mechanism underlying enhanced osteoclastogenesis in arthritis is not completely understood. Here we show that TNF-alpha contributes to inflammatory bone loss by enhancing the osteoclastogenic potential of osteoclast precursor cells through inducing paired Ig-like receptor-A (PIR-A), a costimulatory receptor for receptor activator of NF-kappaB (RANK). In fact, bone erosion and osteoporosis, but not inflammation, caused by aberrant TNF-alpha expression were ameliorated in mice deficient in Fc receptor common gamma subunit or beta(2)-microglobulin, in which the expression of PIR-As and PIR-A ligands is impaired, respectively. These results establish the pathological role of costimulatory receptors for RANK in bone loss in arthritis and may provide a molecular basis for the future therapy of inflammatory diseases.

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