Thiaplakortone B attenuates RANKL‐induced NF‐κB and MAPK signaling and dampens OVX‐induced bone loss in mice

Qingqing Wang, Delong Chen, Yining Wang, Chenlin Dong, Jian Liu, Kai Chen, Fangming Song, Chao Wang, Jinbo Yuan, Rohan A. Davis, Vincent Kuek, Haiming Jin, Jiake Xu

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Osteoclasts play an important role in maintaining the relative stability of bone mass. Abnormal number and function of osteoclasts are closely related to osteoporosis and osteolytic diseases. Thiaplakortone B (TPB), a natural compound derived from the Great Barrier Reef sponge Plakortis lita, has been reported to inhibit the growth of the malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum, but its effect on osteoclastogenesis has not been previously investigated. In our study, we found that TPB suppresses the receptor activator of nuclear factor‐κB (NF-κB) ligand (RANKL)-induced osteoclast formation and resorption activity by tartrate‐resistant acid phosphatase (TRAcP) staining, immunofluorescence staining of F-actin belts and hydroxyapatite resorption assay. Furthermore, using quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) and Western blotting analysis, we discovered that TPB inhibits osteoclast-specific genes and proteins expression. Mechanistically, TPB blocks multiple upstream pathways including calcium oscillation, NF‐κB, mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) and nuclear factor of activated T cells 1(NFATc1) signaling pathways. In vivo, TPB could dampen bone loss in an ovariectomy (OVX) mouse model by micro-CT assessment and histological staining. Therefore, TPB may serve as a potential therapeutic candidate for the treatment of osteoporosis and osteolysis.
Original languageEnglish
Article number113622
Number of pages13
JournalBiomedicine and Pharmacotherapy
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2022


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