Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, Vol.484, No.2, 231-234, 2017
Wnt/beta-catenin signaling activates nephronectin expression in osteoblasts
Nephronectin (Npnt), an extracellular matrix protein, is considered to play critical roles as an adhesion molecule in the development and functions of various organs and tissues, such as the kidneys and bone. In the present study, we found that Wnt3a strongly enhanced Npnt mRNA expression in osteoblast-like MC3T3-E1 cells, while it also induced an increase in Npnt gene expression in both time- and dose-dependent manners via the Wnt/beta-catenin signaling pathway. These results suggest novel mechanisms for Wnt3a-induced osteoblast proliferation and cell survival via Npnt gene expression. (C) 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.