Sirtuin 1 inhibits TNF-α-mediated osteoclastogenesis of bone marrow-derived macrophages through both ROS generation and TRPV1 activation

  • Shu Yan
  • Lujie Miao
  • Yahua Lu
  • Liangzhi Wang


Sirtuin 1 (SIRT1), also known as NAD-dependent deacetylase, has been reported to increase in vivo osteoclast-mediated bone resorption. However, its effects on osteoclastogenesis or bone loss in vitro have not been widely examined. Therefore, the effects and underlying mechanism of SIRT1 on osteoclast differentiation in mice in vitro were studied. During RANKL-induced osteoclastogenesis in differentiated bone marrow-derived macrophages (BMMs), SIRT1 downregulation was observed. The use of resveratrol (SIRT1 activator) and SIRT1 overexpression was found to inhibit osteoclastogenesis, which was confirmed by TRAP staining and activity loss, reduced expression of osteoclast markers and related genes, and a decrease in the number of multinuclear cells. In contrast, treatment with EX-527 (SIRT1 inhibitor) as well as SIRT1 silencing promoted osteoclastogenesis. Furthermore, the tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α level was reduced by resveratrol treatment and SIRT1 overexpression but increased following EX-527 incubation and SIRT1 depletion. TNF-α silencing blocked the osteoclastogenesis of BMMs promoted by SIRT1 depletion. Moreover, transient receptor potential vanilloid 1 (TRPV1) channel activation and reactive oxygen species (ROS) production, which are associated with osteoclastogenesis, were impaired by TNF-α silencing. These data demonstrate that SIRT1 directly inhibits osteoclastogenesis by inhibiting ROS generation and TRPV1 channel activation under mediation of TNF-α.


Osteoclastogenesis Bone marrow-derived macrophages Sirtuin 1 Tumor necrosis factor α Reactive oxygen species 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.General Medical WardsThe Third Affiliated Hospital of Soochow UniversityChangzhouChina
  2. 2.Department of GastroenterologyThe Third Affiliated Hospital of Soochow UniversityChangzhouChina

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