Hepcidin promotes osteogenic differentiation through the bone morphogenetic protein 2/small mothers against decapentaplegic and mitogen-activated protein kinase/P38 signaling pathways in mesenchymal stem cells.

Published on Jan 1, 2015in Molecular Medicine Reports2.1
· DOI :10.3892/MMR.2014.2769
Huading Lu9
Estimated H-index: 9
(SYSU: Sun Yat-sen University),
Liyi Lian4
Estimated H-index: 4
(SYSU: Sun Yat-sen University)
+ 2 AuthorsYuhu Dai4
Estimated H-index: 4
(SYSU: Sun Yat-sen University)
The ability of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) to differentiate into osteogenic lineages requires management for their future use in treating bone destruction and osteoporosis. Hepcidin is closely associated with bone metabolism, however, it remains to be elucidated whether hepcidin affects osteogenic differentiation in MSCs. The present study demonstrated that hepcidin enhanced osteoblastic differentiation and mineralization, which was manifested by an upregulation in the differentiation markers alkaline phosphatase and osteogenic genes. Furthermore, the expression levels of bone morphogenetic proteins and small mothers against decapentaplegic homologs were concomitantly increased following hepcidin treatment. In addition, the p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase may be an upstream kinase for osteoblastic differentiation. Thus, hepcidin may be important in the osteogenic differentiation of MSCs and may be considered as a target in the development of therapies for pathological bone loss.
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