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Exp Cell Res. 2016 Feb 1;341(1):92-104. doi: 10.1016/j.yexcr.2016.01.010. Epub 2016 Jan 21.

Autophagy-related gene 5 and Wnt5 signaling pathway requires differentiation of embryonic stem cells into odontoblast-like cells.

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1
Department of Endodontics, School of Dentistry, Aichi Gakuin University, 2-11 Suemori-dori, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya, Aichi 464-8651, Japan. Electronic address: ozeki@g.agu.ac.jp.
2
Department of Medicinal Biochemistry, School of Pharmacy, Aichi Gakuin University, 1-100 Kusumoto, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya, Aichi 464-8650, Japan.
3
Department of Endodontics, School of Dentistry, Aichi Gakuin University, 2-11 Suemori-dori, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya, Aichi 464-8651, Japan.

Abstract

We previously confirmed a unique and unanticipated role for an α2 integrin, extracellular matrix metalloproteinase inducer (Emmprin), and matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-3-mediated signaling cascade, in driving the odontoblast-like differentiation of mouse embryonic stem (ES) cells in a collagen type-I scaffold (CS) combined with bone morphogenetic protein (BMP)-4 (CS/BMP-4). To explore the early signaling cascade for odontoblastic differentiation, we examined the upregulation of autophagy-related gene (Atg) and Wnt signaling by CS/BMP-4 mediated odontoblast differentiation. In a screening experiment, CS/BMP-4 increased the mRNA and protein levels of Atg5, Lrp5/Fzd9 (an Atg5 receptor), and Wnt5, but not microtubule-associated protein 1 light chain (LC3; a mammalian homolog of yeast Atg8), TFE3, Beclin1, and Atg12, together with the amount of autophagosomes and autophagy fluxes. Treatment with siRNAs against Atg5 and Wnt5 individually suppressed the CS/BMP-4-induced increase in odontoblast differentiation. The odontoblastic phenotype, involving dentin matrix protein-1 and dentin sialophosphoprotein expression, decreased when autophagy was inhibited by chloroquine, but increased after treatment with rapamycin (an autophagy enhancer). Taken together with our previous findings, we have revealed a unique sequential cascade involving Atg5, Wnt5a, α2 integrin, Emmprin, and MMP-3. This cascade results in a potent increase in odontoblastic cell differentiation, indicating the unique involvement of Atg5, autophagy and Wnt5 signaling in CS/BMP-4-induced differentiation of ES cells into odontoblast-like cells, at a relatively early stage.

KEYWORDS:

Atg5; Cell differentiation; Embryonic stem cell; Matrix metalloproteinase-3; Odontoblast; Wnt5

PMID:
26806855
DOI:
10.1016/j.yexcr.2016.01.010
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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