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Fermented Oyster Extract Promotes Osteoblast Differentiation by Activating the Wnt/β-Catenin Signaling Pathway, Leading to Bone Formation

Department of Marine Life Science, Jeju National University, Jeju 63243, Korea
Department of Biochemistry, College of Oriental Medicine, Dong-Eui University, Busan 47227, Korea
Department of Oral Pathology and Regenerative Medicine, School of Dentistry, Institute for Hard Tissue and Biotooth Regeneration, Kyungpook National University, Daegu 41940, Korea
Marine Bioprocess Co., Ltd., Busan 46048, Korea
Bioresources Industrialization Support Department, Nakdonggang National Institute of Biological Resources, Sangju 37242, Korea
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Biomolecules 2019, 9(11), 711;
Received: 22 September 2019 / Revised: 30 October 2019 / Accepted: 5 November 2019 / Published: 6 November 2019
The Pacific oyster, Crassostrea gigas, is well-known as a nutritious food. Recently, we revealed that fermented extract of C. gigas (FO) inhibited ovariectomy-induced osteoporosis, resulting from suppression of osteoclastogenesis. However, since the beneficial effect of FO on osteogenesis is poorly understood, it was examined in mouse preosteoblast MC3T3-E1 cells, human osteosarcoma MG-63 osteoblast-like cells, and zebrafish larvae in this study. We found that FO increased mitochondrial activity from days 1 to 7; however, total cell number of MC3T3-E1 cells gradually decreased without any change in cell viability, which suggests that FO stimulates the differentiation of MC3T3-E1 cells. FO also promoted the expression of osteoblast marker genes, including runt-related transcription factor 2 (mRUNX2), alkaline phosphatase (mALP), collagen type I α1 (mCol1α1), osteocalcin (mOCN), osterix (mOSX), bone morphogenetic protein 2 (mBMP2), and mBMP4 in MC3T3-E1 cells accompanied by a significant increase in ALP activity. FO also increased nuclear translocation of RUNX2 and OSX transcription factors, ALP activity, and calcification in vitro along with the upregulated expression of osteoblast-specific marker proteins such as RUNX2, ALP, Col1α1, OCN, OSX, and BMP4. Additionally, FO enhanced bone mineralization (calcein intensity) in zebrafish larvae at 9 days post-fertilization comparable to that in the β-glycerophosphate (GP)-treated group. All the tested osteoblast marker genes, including zRUNX2a, zRUNX2b, zALP, zCol1a1, zOCN, zBMP2, and zBMP4, were also remarkably upregulated in the zebrafish larvae in response to FO. It also promoted tail fin regeneration in adult zebrafish as same as the GP-treated groups. Furthermore, not only FO positively regulate β-catenin expression and Wnt/β-catenin luciferase activity, but pretreatment with a Wnt/β-catenin inhibitor (FH535) also significantly decreased FO-mediated bone mineralization in zebrafish larvae, which indicates that FO-induced osteogenesis depends on the Wnt/β-catenin pathway. Altogether, the current study suggests that the supplemental intake of FO has a beneficial effect on osteogenesis. View Full-Text
Keywords: Crassostrea gigas; oyster; bone formation; mineralization; Wnt/β-catenin Crassostrea gigas; oyster; bone formation; mineralization; Wnt/β-catenin
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Molagoda, I.M.N.; Karunarathne, W.A.H.M.; Choi, Y.H.; Park, E.K.; Jeon, Y.-J.; Lee, B.-J.; Kang, C.-H.; Kim, G.-Y. Fermented Oyster Extract Promotes Osteoblast Differentiation by Activating the Wnt/β-Catenin Signaling Pathway, Leading to Bone Formation. Biomolecules 2019, 9, 711.

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