NFAM1 signaling enhances osteoclast formation and bone resorption activity in Paget's disease of bone

Yuvaraj Sambandam, Kumaran Sundaram, Takamitsu Saigusa, Sundaravadivel Balasubramanian, Sakamuri V. Reddy*

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Paget's disease of bone (PDB) is marked by the focal activity of abnormal osteoclasts (OCLs) with excess bone resorption. We previously detected measles virus nucleocapsid protein (MVNP) transcripts in OCLs from patients with PDB. Also, MVNP stimulates pagetic OCL formation in vitro and in vivo. However, the mechanism by which MVNP induces excess OCLs/bone resorption activity in PDB is unclear. Microarray analysis identified MVNP induction of NFAM1 (NFAT activating protein with ITAM motif 1) expression. Therefore, we hypothesize that MVNP induction of NFAM1 enhances OCL differentiation and bone resorption in PDB. MVNP transduced normal human PBMC showed an increased NFAM1 mRNA expression without RANKL treatment. Further, bone marrow cells from patients with PDB demonstrated elevated levels of NFAM1 mRNA expression. Interestingly, shRNA suppression of NFAM1 inhibits MVNP induced OCL differentiation and bone resorption activity in mouse bone marrow cultures. Live cell widefield fluorescence microscopy analysis revealed that MVNP induced intracellular Ca2 + oscillations and levels were significantly reduced in NFAM1 suppressed preosteoclasts. Further, western blot analysis demonstrates that shRNA against NFAM1 inhibits MVNP stimulated PLCγ, calcineurin, and Syk activation in preosteoclast cells. Furthermore, NFAM1 expression controls NFATc1, a critical transcription factor expression and nuclear translocation in MVNP transuded preosteoclast cells. Thus, our results suggest that MVNP modulation of the NFAM1 signaling axis plays an essential role in pagetic OCL formation and bone resorption activity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)236-244
Number of pages9
StatePublished - Aug 2017


  • Bone resorption
  • MVNP
  • NFAM1
  • Osteoclast
  • Paget's disease of bone

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Histology


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