TGF-β-activated kinase 1 mediates mechanical stress-induced IL-6 expression in osteoblasts

Naoto Fukuno, Hiroyuki Matsui, Yoshiaki Kanda, Osamu Suzuki, Kunihiro Matsumoto, Keiichi Sasaki, Takayasu Kobayashi, Shinri Tamura

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Mechanical stress plays a key role in bone remodeling. Previous studies showed that loading of mechanical stretch induces a rapid Ca2+ influx and subsequent activation of stress-activated protein kinase pathways in osteoblasts. However, the activation mechanism and its significance in bone remodeling have not been fully elucidated. Here we show that TAK1 MAPKKK was activated by cyclic stretch loading of MC3T3-E1 cells. Knockdown of TAK1 attenuated the stretch-induced activation of JNK, p38, and NF-κB. Extracellular (EGTA) or intracellular (BAPTA/AM) Ca2+ chelator prevented the stretch-induced activation of TAK1. Activation of TAK1 and its associated downstream signaling pathways were also suppressed by CaMKII inhibitors (KN-93 and KN-62). Furthermore, TAK1-mediated downstream pathways cooperatively induced the expression of IL-6 mRNA in the stretched MC3T3-E1 cells. We also confirmed that TAK1 mediates cyclic stretch-induced IL-6 protein synthesis in the cells using immunoblotting and ELISA. Finally, stretch loading of murine primary osteoblasts induced the expression of IL-6 mRNA via TAK1. Collectively, these data suggest that stretch-dependent Ca2+ influx activates TAK1 via CaMKII, leading to the enhanced expression of IL-6 through JNK, p38, and NF-κB pathways in osteoblasts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)202-207
Number of pages6
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2011 May 6


  • Bone remodeling
  • IL-6
  • Mechanotransduction
  • Osteoblast
  • SAPK
  • TAK1


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