Identification of the effector domain of biglycan that facilitates BMP-2 osteogenic function

Prapaporn Jongwattanapisan, Masahiko Terajima, Patricia A. Miguez, William Querido, Hideaki Nagaoka, Noriko Sumida, Elizabeth Grace Gurysh, Kristy M. Ainslie, Nancy Pleshko, Lalith Perera, Mitsuo Yamauchi

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We have reported that recombinant biglycan (BGN) core protein accelerates bone formation in vivo by enhancing bone morphogenetic protein (BMP)-2 function. The purpose of the present study was to identify the specific domain ("effector") within the BGN core protein that facilitates BMP-2 osteogenic function. Thus, we generated various recombinant and synthetic peptides corresponding to several domains of BGN, and tested their effects on BMP-2 functions in vitro. The results demonstrated that the leucine-rich repeats 2-3 domain (LRR2-3) of BGN significantly enhanced the BMP-2 induced Smad1/5/9 phosphorylation, osteogenic gene expression, and alkaline phosphatase activity in myogenic C2C12 cells. Furthermore, addition of LRR2-3 to osteoblastic MC3T3-E1 cells accelerated in vitro mineralization without compromising the quality of the mineral and matrix. These data indicate that LRR2-3 is, at least in part, responsible for BGN's ability to enhance BMP-2 osteogenic function, and it could be useful for bone tissue regeneration.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7022
JournalScientific Reports
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1 2018

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Funding Information:
This work was supported in part by National Institutes of Health grants: NIDCR R21DE020909 (MY), Research Project Z01-ES043010 (to L.P.) in the Intramural Research Program of the NIEHS/NIH, Research Gift Fund (MY).

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