Oleanolic acid acetate inhibits osteoclast differentiation by downregulating PLCγ2-Ca(2+)-NFATc1 signaling, and suppresses bone loss in mice.

PMID 24361669


Owing to their potential pharmacological activities in human disease, natural plant-derived compounds have recently become the focus of increased research interest. In this study, we first isolated oleanolic acid acetate (OAA), a triterpenoid compound, from Vigna angularis (azuki bean) to discover anti-bone resorptive agents. Many studies have identified and described the various medicinal effects of V. angularis extract. However, the pharmacological effect of OAA-derived V. angularis extract, particularly the effect on osteoclastogenesis, is not known. Therefore, we investigated the effect and mechanism of OAA in receptor activator of nuclear factor-κB ligand (RANKL)-induced osteoclastogenesis. OAA inhibited RANKL-induced osteoclast differentiation in bone marrow macrophages (BMMs) without any evidence of cytotoxicity. Interestingly, OAA significantly inhibited Btk phosphorylation, phospholipase Cγ2 (PLCγ2) phosphorylation, calcium ion (Ca(2+)) oscillation, and nuclear factor of activated T cell c1 (NFATc1) expression in RANKL-stimulated BMMs, but did not affect RANKL-induced mitogen-activated protein kinase. OAA also inhibited the bone-resorbing activity of mature osteoclasts. Furthermore, mice treated with OAA demonstrated marked attenuation of lipopolysaccharide-induced bone erosion based on micro-computed tomography and histologic analysis of femurs. Taken together, the results suggested that OAA inhibited RANKL-mediated osteoclastogenesis via PLCγ2-Ca(2+)-NFATc1 signaling in vitro and suppressed inflammatory bone loss in vivo.