Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, Vol.458, No.3, 568-575, 2015
K6PC-5, a novel sphingosine kinase 1 (SphK1) activator, alleviates dexamethasone-induced damages to osteoblasts through activating SphK1-Akt signaling
Long-term glucocorticoid usage is a common cause of non-traumatic femoral head osteonecrosis. Glucocorticoids (i.e. dexamethasone (Dex)) could directly induce damages to osteoblasts. In the current study, we investigated the potential activity of K6PC-5 [N-(1,3-dihydroxyisopropyl)-2-hexy1-3-oxo-decanamide], a novel sphingosine kinase 1 (SphK1) activator, against this process. Our data revealed that both osteoblastic-like MC3T3-E1 cells and primary murine osteoblasts were responsible to K6PC-5. K6PC-5 activated SphK1, increased sphingosine-l-phosphate (SIP) production and induced Akt phosphorylation in cultured osteoblasts. Functionally, K6PC-5 protected osteoblasts from Dex-induced apoptosis and necrosis. Such signaling and functional effects by K6PC-5 were prevented by the SphK1 inhibitor N,N-dimethylsphingosine (DMS), and by SphK1-siRNAs. On the other hand, exogenously-added SW activated Akt and reduced Dex-induced osteoblast damages. LY294002 and MK-2206, two established Akt inhibitors, alleviated K6PC-5- or SIP-mediated osteoblast protection against Dex. Together, our results suggest that K6PC-5 alleviates Dex-induced osteoblast injuries through activating SphK1-Akt signaling. K6PC-5 might be further investigated in animal or clinical studies for its anti-glucocorticoids-associated osteonecrosis potential. (C) 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.