DMP1 prevents osteocyte alterations, FGF23 elevation and left ventricular hypertrophy in mice with chronic kidney disease

Corey Dussold, Claire Gerber, Samantha White, Xueyan Wang, Lixin Qi, Connor Francis, Maralee Capella, Guillaume Courbon, Jingya Wang, Chaoyuan Li, Jian Q. Feng, Tamara Isakova, Myles Wolf, Valentin David, Aline Martin*

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During chronic kidney disease (CKD), alterations in bone and mineral metabolism include increased production of the hormone fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF23) that may contribute to cardiovascular mortality. The osteocyte protein dentin matrix protein 1 (DMP1) reduces FGF23 and enhances bone mineralization, but its effects in CKD are unknown. We tested the hypothesis that DMP1 supplementation in CKD would improve bone health, prevent FGF23 elevations and minimize consequent adverse cardiovascular outcomes. We investigated DMP1 regulation and effects in wild-type (WT) mice and the Col4a3−/− mouse model of CKD. Col4a3−/− mice demonstrated impaired kidney function, reduced bone DMP1 expression, reduced bone mass, altered osteocyte morphology and connectivity, increased osteocyte apoptosis, increased serum FGF23, hyperphosphatemia, left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH), and reduced survival. Genetic or pharmacological supplementation of DMP1 in Col4a3−/− mice prevented osteocyte apoptosis, preserved osteocyte networks, corrected bone mass, partially lowered FGF23 levels by attenuating NFAT-induced FGF23 transcription, and further increased serum phosphate. Despite impaired kidney function and worsened hyperphosphatemia, DMP1 prevented development of LVH and improved Col4a3−/− survival. Our data suggest that CKD reduces DMP1 expression, whereas its restoration represents a potential therapeutic approach to lower FGF23 and improve bone and cardiac health in CKD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number12
JournalBone Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Histology


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