In vivo (Athens, Greece)

Netrin-4 Promotes Differentiation and Migration of Osteoblasts.

PMID 28882944


While netrin-4 plays a vital role in the vascular system, the role of netrin-1 in osteoblast differentiation is not well understood. In this study we explored whether netrin-4 has functional roles in osteoblasts. Quantitative reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (PCR), RNA interference, the generation of plasmids, transfections, measurement of alkaline phosphatase activity, a mineralization assay, a migration assay and a cell proliferation assay were performed. Netrin-4 expression was up-regulated during osteoblast differentiation and an RNA interference experiment showed that small interfering RNA used to silence netrin-4 inhibited osteoblast differentiation. Recombinant mouse netrin-4 promoted alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity of osteoblasts and enhancement of calcium deposits. Moreover, we constructed a vector containing the netrin-4 gene on the basis of the plasmid pcDNA3.1/V5-His. Overexpression of netrin-4 enhanced differentiation of osteoblasts. Finally, recombinant mouse netrin-4 promoted cell migration of osteoblasts. Netrin-4 promotes differentiation and migration of osteoblasts.