Oridonin ameliorates inflammation-induced bone loss in mice via suppressing DC-STAMP expression

Bin-hua Zou1,2, Yan-hui Tan1,2, Wen-de Deng1,2, Jie-huang Zheng1,2, Qin Yang1,2, Min-hong Ke1,2, Zong-bao Ding1,2, Xiao-juan Li1,2
1 Laboratory of Anti-inflammatory and Immunomodulatory Pharmacology, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Southern Medical University, Guangzhou 510515, China
2 Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of New Drug Screening, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Southern Medical University, Guangzhou 510515, China
Correspondence to: Xiao-juan Li:,
DOI: 10.1038/s41401-020-0477-4
Received: 13 March 2020
Accepted: 6 July 2020
Advance online: 4 August 2020


Currently, dendritic cell-specific transmembrane protein (DC-STAMP), a multipass transmembrane protein, is considered as the master regulator of cell–cell fusion, which underlies the formation of functional multinucleated osteoclasts. Thus, DC-STAMP has become a promising target for osteoclast-associated osteolytic diseases. In this study, we investigated the effects of oridonin (ORI), a natural tetracyclic diterpenoid compound isolated from the traditional Chinese herb Rabdosia rubescens, on osteoclastogenesis in vivo and ex vivo. ICR mice were injected with LPS (5 mg/kg, ip, on day 0 and day 4) to induce inflammatory bone destruction. Administration of ORI (2, 10 mg·kg−1·d−1, ig, for 8 days) dose dependently ameliorated inflammatory bone destruction and dramatically decreased DC-STAMP protein expression in BMMs isolated from LPS-treated mice. Treatment of preosteoclast RAW264.7 cells with ORI (0.78–3.125 μM) dose dependently inhibited both mRNA and protein levels of DC-STAMP, and suppressed the following activation of NFATc1 during osteoclastogenesis. Knockdown of DC-STAMP in RAW264.7 cells abolished the inhibitory effects of ORI on RANKL-induced NFATc1 activity and osteoclast formation. In conclusion, we show for the first time that ORI effectively attenuates inflammation-induced bone loss by suppressing DC-STAMP expression, suggesting that ORI is a potential agent against inflammatory bone diseases.
Keywords: DC-STAMP; osteoclast; oridonin; NFATc1; inflammatory bone loss

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