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Conditional deletion of the PTH1R in mesenchymal progenitors reduces osteoblast differentiation, enhances marrow adipogenesis, and increases zinc finger protein 467 (Zfp467) expression. In contrast, genetic loss of Zfp467 increased Pth1r expression and shifts mesenchymal progenitor cell fate toward osteogenesis and higher bone mass. PTH1R and ZFP467 could constitute a feedback loop that facilitates PTH-induced osteogenesis and that conditional deletion of Zfp467 in osteogenic precursors would lead to high bone mass in mice. Prrx1Cre; Zfp467fl/fl but not AdipoqCre; Zfp467fl/fl mice exhibit high bone mass and greater osteogenic differentiation similar to the Zfp467-/- mice. qPCR results revealed that PTH suppressed Zfp467 expression primarily via the cyclic AMP/PKA pathway. Not surprisingly, PKA activation inhibited the expression of Zfp467 and gene silencing of Pth1r caused an increase in Zfp467 mRNA transcription. Dual fluorescence reporter assays and confocal immunofluorescence demonstrated that genetic deletion of Zfp467 resulted in higher nuclear translocation of NFκB1 that binds to the P2 promoter of the Pth1r and increased its transcription. As expected, Zfp467-/- cells had enhanced production of cyclic AMP and increased glycolysis in response to exogenous PTH. Additionally, the osteogenic response to PTH was also enhanced in Zfp467-/- COBs, and the pro-osteogenic effect of Zfp467 deletion was blocked by gene silencing of Pth1r or a PKA inhibitor. In conclusion, our findings suggest that loss or PTH1R-mediated repression of Zfp467 results in a pathway that increases Pth1r transcription via NFκB1 and thus cellular responsiveness to PTH/PTHrP, ultimately leading to enhanced bone formation. © 2023, Liu et al.


Hanghang Liu, Akane Wada, Isabella Le, Phuong T Le, Andrew W F Lee, Jun Zhou, Francesca Gori, Roland Baron, Clifford J Rosen. PTH regulates osteogenesis and suppresses adipogenesis through Zfp467 in a feed-forward, PTH1R-cyclic AMP-dependent manner. eLife. 2023 Apr 26;12

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