The expression of transforming growth factor-beta by cultured chick growth plate chondrocytes: differential regulation by 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3

C Farquharson, A S Law, E Seawright, D W Burt, C C Whitehead

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Abstract

1,25-Dihydroxyvitamin D3 (1,25(OH)2D3) and transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta) are both important regulators of chondrocyte growth and differentiation. We report here that 1,25(OH)2D3 differentially regulates the expression of the genes for TGF-beta 1 to -beta 3 and the secretion of the corresponding proteins in cultured chick chondrocytes. Confluent growth plate chondrocytes were serum-deprived and cultured in varying concentrations of 1,25(OH)2D3. Cells were assayed for TGF-beta mRNA and conditioned medium was assayed for TGF-beta activity and isoform composition. Active TGF-beta was only detected in 10(-8) M 1,25(OH)2D3-treated cultures (8.37 ng active TGF-beta/mg protein). There was a significant decrease in total (latent-active) TGF-beta activity in conditioned medium of 10(-12) M (23.4%; P <0.05) and 10(-10) M (20.7%; P <0.05) 1,25(OH)2D3-treated cultures but 10(-8) M 1,25(OH)2D3 significantly increased (30.9%; P <0.01) TGF-beta activity. The amounts of TGF-beta 1, -beta 2 and -beta 3 isoforms produced were similar in control, 10(-10) or 10(-12) M 1,25(OH)2D3-treated cultures but the conditioned medium of 10(-8) M 1,25(OH)2D3-treated cultures contained significantly higher amounts of all three isoforms. Quantification of TGF-beta mRNA demonstrated differential control of TGF-beta gene expression with TGF-beta 1 and -beta 3 mRNA levels reduced by all concentrations of 1,25(OH)2D3 examined (10(-8), 10(-10) and 10(-12) M) whilst TGF-beta 2 mRNA concentrations were elevated. Our results indicated that 1,25(OH)2D3 regulates chick growth plate chondrocyte TGF-beta secretion and mRNA expression in a concentration-dependent and isoform-specific manner. This interaction may be important in the regulation of chondrocyte metabolism and endochondral bone growth.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)277-85
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Endocrinology
Volume149
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1996

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