Connective tissue growth factor (CTGF/CCN2) is a downstream mediator for TGF-β1-induced extracellular matrix production in osteoblasts
Article first published online: 28 NOV 2006
Copyright © 2006 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
Journal of Cellular Physiology
Volume 210, Issue 3, pages 843–852, March 2007
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Arnott, J.A., Nuglozeh, E., Rico, M.C., Arango-Hisijara, I., Odgren, P.R., Safadi, F.F. and Popoff, S.N. (2007), Connective tissue growth factor (CTGF/CCN2) is a downstream mediator for TGF-β1-induced extracellular matrix production in osteoblasts. J. Cell. Physiol., 210: 843–852. doi: 10.1002/jcp.20917
- Issue published online: 27 DEC 2006
- Article first published online: 28 NOV 2006
- Manuscript Accepted: 11 SEP 2006
- Manuscript Received: 7 MAR 2006
- National Institutes of Health. Grant Number: DE 07444
Connective tissue growth factor (CTGF/CCN2) is a cysteine-rich, extracellular matrix (ECM) protein that acts as an anabolic growth factor to regulate osteoblast differentiation and function. Recent studies have identified CTGF as a downstream effector of transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) for certain functions in specific cell types. In this study, we examined the role of CTGF as a downstream mediator of TGF-β1-induced ECM production and cell growth in osteoblasts. Using primary cultures, we demonstrated that TGF-β1 is a potent inducer of CTGF expression in osteoblasts, and that this induction occurred at all stages of osteoblast differentiation from the proliferative through mineralization stages. TGF-β1 treatment of osteoblasts increased the expression and synthesis of the ECM components, collagen and fibronectin. When CTGF-specific siRNA was used to prevent TGF-β1 induction of CTGF expression, it also inhibited collagen and fibronectin production, thereby demonstrating the requirement of CTGF for their up-regulation. To examine the effects of TGF-β1 on osteoblast cell growth, cultures were treated with TGF-β1 during the proliferative stage. Cell number was significantly reduced and the cells exhibited a decrease in G1 cyclin expression, consistent with TGF-β1-induced cell-cycle arrest. Cultures transfected with CTGF siRNA prior to TGF-β1 treatment showed an even greater reduction in cell number, suggesting that TGF-β1-induced growth arrest is independent of CTGF in osteoblasts. Collectively, these data demonstrate for the first time that CTGF is an essential downstream mediator for TGF-β1-induced ECM production in osteoblasts, but these two growth factors function independently regarding their opposing effects on osteoblast proliferation. J. Cell. Physiol. 210: 843–852, 2007. © 2006 Wiley-Liss, Inc.