Extracellular nucleotide signaling: A mechanism for integrating local and systemic responses in the activation of bone remodeling

Bowler, W. B.; Buckley, K. A.; Gartland, A.; Hipskind, R. A.; Bilbe, G.; Gallagher, J. A.


2001-05 / vol 28 / pages 507-512


Bone turnover occurs at discreet sites in the remodeling skeleton. The focal nature of this process indicates that focal cues may facilitate the activation of bone cells by systemic factors. Nucleotides such as adenosine triphosphate (ATP) are locally released, short-lived, yet potent estracelfular signaling molecules. These ligands act at a large family of receptors-the P2 receptors, which are subdivided into P2Y and P2X subtypes based on mechanism of signal transduction, Nucleotides enter the extracellular milieu via non-lytic and lytic mechanisms where they activate multiple P2 receptor types expressed by both osteoblasts and osteoclasts. In this review the release of ATP by bone cells is discussed in the context of activation of bone remodeling. We provide compelling evidence that nucleotides, acting via P2Y receptors, are potent potentiators of parathyroid hormone-induced signaling and transcriptional activation in osteoblasts. The provision of a mechanism to induce activation of osteoblasts above a threshold attained by systemic factors alone may facilitate focal remodeling and address the paradox of why systemic regulators like PTH exert effects at discreet sites, (C) 2001 by Elsevier Science Inc. All rights reserved.



protein-kinase; focal tyrosine kinase; c-fos; p2 receptor; c-fos protooncogene; osteoblast; osteoblast-like cells; endothelial-cells; adenosine triphosphate (atp); smooth-muscle cells; arachidonic-acid release; parathyroid hormone (pth); parathyroid-hormone; phospholipase-c; receptor activation; remodeling

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