Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, Vol.361, No.4, 910-915, 2007
Regulation of FSH receptor promoter activation in the osteoclast
We have shown recently that FSH stimulates osteoclast formation and function by a direct action on a G(i)-coupled FSH receptor (FSHR). Here, we report properties of the mouse FSH receptor promoter in the context of its activation in RAW-C3 osteoclast precursor macrophages. Basal promoter activity was low, but was significantly stimulated by receptor activator for NF-kappa B-ligand (RANK-L), a critical osteoclastogenic and pro-resorptive cytokine. In contrast, FSH dampened FSHR promoter activation, while estrogen had no effect. We surmise that the FSHR expression is regulated distinctly in the osteoclast, and differently from other cells, such as the ovarian follicular and Leydig cells. (C) 2007 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.