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Extracellular inorganic pyrophosphate (PPi) is involved in the regulation of mineralization, and there is evidence that the cell surface enzyme, NTP pyrophosphatase, is a major source of this metabolite in bone. Osteotrophic agents that influence bone turnover may exert their effects, in part, by modulating the activity of ecto-NTP pyrophosphatase in bone cells. We investigated the effect of 1, 25(OH)2 D3, 24, 25(OH)2D3, dexamethasone, and parathyroid hormone (PTH) on the activity of this enzyme in cultured human trabecular bone-derived osteoblast-like cells. 1,25(OH)2D3 at 10(-11)-10(-9) M induced a dose- and time-dependent increase in activity (at 96 h; maximum 10(-9) M, p < 0.001), whereas higher concentrations (10(-8) and 10(-7) M) had no effect. In contrast, 24,25(OH)2D3 was effective only at 10(-8) and 10(-6) M (at 96 h; p < 0.01). Dexamethasone (10(-9)-10(-7) M) caused a dose-dependent decrease in ecto-NTP pyrophosphatase activity (10(-7) M, p < 0.001); concentrations higher than 10(-7) M did not evoke greater inhibition. This effect became apparent by 48 h and was significantly enhanced after 72 h. The response to dexamethasone was attenuated by cycloheximide, indicating a requirement for de novo protein synthesis. Interestingly, the stimulatory effect of 10(-9) M 1,25(OH)2D3 on ecto-NTP pyrophosphatase activity was significantly enhanced in the presence of dexamethasone (10(-9)-10(-7) M). Human PTH(1-34) and bovine PTH(1-34) in the range 10(-10)-10(-7) M had no effect on enzyme activity over a 72 h period.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

Original publication




Journal article


J bone miner res

Publication Date





1259 - 1266


Calcitriol, Cells, Cultured, Cholecalciferol, Cycloheximide, Dexamethasone, Fibroblasts, Humans, Osteoblasts, Parathyroid Hormone, Pyrophosphatases, Time Factors