Fibronectin-LILRB4/gp49B interaction negatively regulates osteoclastogenesis through inhibition of RANKL-induced TRAF6/TAK1/NF-kB/MAPK signaling

Mei Tzu Su*, Karin Ono, Dai Kezuka, Shotaro Miyamoto, Yu Mori, Toshiyuki Takai

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Dysregulation of osteoclasts, the multinucleated cells responsible for bone resorption, contributes to several degenerative bone disorders. Previously, we showed that blocking the leukocyte immunoglobulin (Ig)-like receptor B4 (LILRB4), a kind of inhibitory receptor that plays an important role in immune regulation, promotes osteoclast differentiation in vitro. Here, we explored whether gp49B, the murine ortholog of LILRB4, regulates osteoclastogenesis in vivo, and whether fibronectin (FN), a ligand of LILRB4/gp49B, certainly contributes to LILRB4/gp49B-mediated osteoclastogenesis. In comparison with wild-type mice, gp49B deficiency mice exhibited a loss of trabecular bone number and an increase in osteoclast formation. Gp49B knockout improved the bone resorptive capacity of osteoclasts derived from murine Raw264.7 cells by increasing osteoclast formation. We further revealed that gp49B deficiency increased the receptor activator of nuclear factor (NF)-κB ligand (RANKL)-induced signaling transduction by increasing the phosphorylation of transforming growth factor (TGF)-activated kinase 1 (TAK1), NF-κB and mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs). Furthermore, the N-terminal 30 kDa proteolytic fragments of FN promoted gp49B-mediated inhibition of osteoclastogenesis by increasing Src homology-2-containing tyrosine phosphatase 1 (SHP-1) phosphorylation and tumor necrosis factor receptor-associated factor 6 (TRAF6)-SHP-1 association. In summary, the FN-LILRB4/gp49B interaction negatively regulates RANKL-induced TRAF6/TAK1/NF-κB/MAPK signaling in osteoclastogenesis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-145
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Immunology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2023


  • bone homeostasis
  • bone resorption


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