Aim: To construct an A20 expression vector under the control of mouse osteocalcin promoter (OC-A20), and investigate osteoblastic MC3T3-E1 cell line, which stably overexpresses A20 protein prevented tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha-induced apoptosis. Methods: OC-A20 vector was constructed by fusing a fragment of the mouse osteocalcin gene-2 promoter with human A20 complementary DNA. Then the mouse MC3T3-E1 cell line, stably transfected by A20, was established. The expression of A20 mRNA and A20 protein in the cells were detected by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and Western blot analysis, respectively. To determine the specificity of A20 expression in osteoblast, the mouse osteoblastic MC3T3-E1 cell line and mouse embryo fibro-blast NIH3T3 cell line were transiently transfected with OC-A20. The anti-apoptotic role of A20 in MC3T3-E1 cells was determined by Flow cytometric analysis (FACS), terminal dUTP nick endo-labeling (TUNEL) and DNA gel electrophoresis analysis (DNA Ladder), respectively. Results: Weak A20 expression was found in MC3T3-E1 cells with the primers of mouse A20. A20 mRNA and A20 protein expression were identified in MC3T3-E1 cells transfected with OC-A20 using RT-PCR and Western blot analysis. Only A20 mRNA expression was found in MC3T3-E1 cell after MC3T3-E1 cells and NIH3T3 cells were transient transfected with OC-A20. A decrease obviously occurred in the rate of apoptosis in the OC- A20 group compared with the empty vector (pcDNA3) group by FACS (P<0.001). A significant increase in TUNEL positive staining was found in the pcDNA group compared with OC-A20 group (P<0.001). Simultaneously, similar effects were demonstrated in DNA gel electrophoresis analysis. Conclusion: We constructed an osteoblast-specific expression vector that expressed A20 protein in MC3T3-E1 cells and confirmed that A20 protects osteoblast against TNF-alpha-induced apoptosis.
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- Pharmacology (medical)