Author(s) Ouyang, Z.; Huang, Q.; Liu, B.; Wu, H.; Liu, T.; Liu, Y.
Journal Front Pharmacol
Date Published 2019

The unbalanced crosstalk between osteoclasts and osteoblasts could lead to disruptive bone homeostasis. Herein, we investigated the therapeutic effects of rubidium chloride (RbCl) on ovariectomized (OVX) and titanium (Ti) particle-induced calvaria osteolysis mouse models, showing that non-toxic RbCl attenuated RANKL-stimulated osteoclast formation and functionality while significantly enhancing osteogenesis . The expressions of osteoclast-specific genes were downregulated considerably by RbCl. Despite the direct inhibition of RANKL-induced activation of MAPK signaling, RbCl was able to target NF-κB directly and indirectly. We found that after the co-stimulation of the c-Jun N-terminal kinase (Jnk)/p38 activator and RANKL, RbCl inhibited the elevated expression of p-IKKα and the degradation of IκBα in osteoclast precursors, indicating indirect NF-κB inhibition MAPK suppression. Furthermore, the two animal models demonstrated that RbCl attenuated tartrate-resistant acid phosphate (TRAP)-positive osteoclastogenesis and rescued bone loss caused by the hormonal dysfunction and wear particle . Altogether, these findings suggest that RbCl can target Jnk/p38-mediated NF-κB activation to attenuate osteoclastogenesis, while facilitating osteoblastogenesis both and , suggesting the possible future use of RbCl for surface coating of orthopedic implant biomaterials to protect against osteoporosis.

DOI 10.3389/fphar.2019.00584
ISSN 1663-9812
Citation Front Pharmacol. 2019;10:584.

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