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Genes Dev. 2008 Nov 1;22(21):2968-79. doi: 10.1101/gad.1702708.

Parathyroid hormone signaling through low-density lipoprotein-related protein 6.

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  • 1Department of Pathology, School of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama 35294, USA.


Intermittent administration of PTH stimulates bone formation, but the precise mechanisms responsible for PTH responses in osteoblasts are only incompletely understood. Here we show that binding of PTH to its receptor PTH1R induced association of LRP6, a coreceptor of Wnt, with PTH1R. The formation of the ternary complex containing PTH, PTH1R, and LRP6 promoted rapid phosphorylation of LRP6, which resulted in the recruitment of axin to LRP6, and stabilization of beta-catenin. Activation of PKA is essential for PTH-induced beta-catenin stabilization, but not for Wnt signaling. In vivo studies confirmed that PTH treatment led to phosphorylation of LRP6 and an increase in amount of beta-catenin in osteoblasts with a concurrent increase in bone formation in rat. Thus, LRP6 coreceptor is a key element of the PTH signaling that regulates osteoblast activity.

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