Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2008, 9(5), 698-718; doi:10.3390/ijms9050698
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Caffeine Induces Cell Death via Activation of Apoptotic Signal and Inactivation of Survival Signal in Human Osteoblasts

Department of Bioscience Technology and Center for Nanotechnology, Chung Yuan Christian University, Chung Li, Taiwan 32023
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Received: 8 November 2007; in revised form: 25 February 2008 / Accepted: 5 May 2008 / Published: 8 May 2008
(This article belongs to the Section Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics)
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Abstract: Caffeine consumption is a risk factor for osteoporosis, but the precise regulatory mechanisms are currently unknown. Here, we show that cell viability decreases in osteoblasts treated with caffeine in a dose-dependent manner. This cell death is attributed primarily to apoptosis and to a smaller extent, necrosis. Moreover, caffeine directly stimulates intracellular oxidative stress. Our data support caffeine-induced apoptosis in osteoblasts via a mitochondria-dependent pathway. The apoptotic biochemical changes were effectively prevented upon pretreatment with ROS scavengers, indicating that ROS plays a critical role as an upstream controller in the caffeine-induced apoptotic cascade. Additionally, p21-activated protein kinase 2 (PAK2) and c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) were activated in caffeine-treated osteoblasts. Experiments further found that PAK2 activity is required for caffeine-induced JNK activation and apoptosis. Importantly, our data also show that caffeine triggers cell death via inactivation of the survival signal, including the ERK- and Akt-mediated anti-apoptotic pathways. Finally, exposure of rats to dietary water containing 10~20 μM caffeine led to bone mineral density loss. These results demonstrate for the first time that caffeine triggers apoptosis in osteoblasts via activation of mitochondria-dependent cell death signaling and inactivation of the survival signal, and causes bone mineral density loss in vivo.
Keywords: caffeine; ROS; apoptosis; necrosis; osteoporosis

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Lu, P.-Z.; Lai, C.-Y.; Chan, W.-H. Caffeine Induces Cell Death via Activation of Apoptotic Signal and Inactivation of Survival Signal in Human Osteoblasts. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2008, 9, 698-718.

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Lu P-Z, Lai C-Y, Chan W-H. Caffeine Induces Cell Death via Activation of Apoptotic Signal and Inactivation of Survival Signal in Human Osteoblasts. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2008; 9(5):698-718.

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Lu, Pin-Zhen; Lai, Ching-Yu; Chan, Wen-Hsiung. 2008. "Caffeine Induces Cell Death via Activation of Apoptotic Signal and Inactivation of Survival Signal in Human Osteoblasts." Int. J. Mol. Sci. 9, no. 5: 698-718.

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