BMP-2 modulates β-catenin signaling through stimulation of Lrp5 expression and inhibition of β-TrCP expression in osteoblasts

Ming Zhang, Ying Yan, Yong Bin Lim, Dezhi Tang, Rong Xie, Ann Chen, Peter Tai, Stephen E. Harris, Lianping Xing, Yi Xian Qin, Di Chen

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Canonical BMP and Wnt signaling pathways play critical roles in regulation of osteoblast function and bone formation. Recent studies demonstrate that BMP-2 acts synergistically with β-catenin to promote osteoblast differentiation. To determine the molecular mechanisms of the signaling cross-talk between canonical BMP and Wnt signaling pathways, we have used primary osteoblasts and osteoblast precursor cell lines 2T3 and MC3T3-E1 cells to investigate the effect of BMP-2 on β-catenin signaling. We found that BMP-2 stimulates Lrp5 expression and inhibits the expression of β-TrCP, the F-box E3 ligase responsible for β-catenin degradation and subsequently increases β-catenin protein levels in osteoblasts. In vitro deletion of the β-catenin gene inhibits osteoblast proliferation and alters osteoblast differentiation and reduces the responsiveness of osteoblasts to the BMP-2 treatment. These findings suggest that BMP-2 may regulate osteoblast function in part through modulation of the β-catenin signaling.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)896-905
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Cellular Biochemistry
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2009



  • BMP-2
  • LRP5
  • Osteoblast differentiation
  • β-TrCP
  • β-catenin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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