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Comparisons between the effects of calcitonin receptor-stimulating peptide and intermedin and other peptides in the calcitonin family on bone resorption and osteoclastogenesis.

Journal article
Authors Susanne Granholm
Petra Henning
Ulf H Lerner
Published in Journal of cellular biochemistry
Volume 112
Issue 11
Pages 3300-12
ISSN 1097-4644
Publication year 2011
Published at Centre for Bone and Arthritis Research
Institute of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine
Pages 3300-12
Language en
Subject categories Endocrinology


Calcitonin receptor-stimulating peptide (CRSP) and intermedin (IMD) are two recently discovered peptides in the calcitonin (CT) family of peptides. CRSP and IMD, similar to CT, calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP), and amylin (AMY), but in contrast to adrenomedullin (ADM), inhibited bone resorption in mouse calvarial bones. CRSP and IMD, similar to CT, CGRP, AMY, but in contrast to ADM, decreased formation of osteoclasts and number of pits in bone marrow macrophage cultures stimulated by M-CSF and RANKL, with no effect on the expression of a number of genes associated with osteoclast progenitor cell differentiation. CRSP and IMD inhibited osteoclastogenesis at a late stage but had no effect on DC-STAMP mRNA. IMD, similar to CGRP, AMY, and ADM stimulated cyclic AMP formation in M-CSF expanded osteoclast progenitor cells lacking CT receptors (CTRs). RANKL induced CTRs and a cyclic AMP response also to CT and CRSP, and increased the cyclic AMP response to CGRP, AMY, and IMD but decreased the response to ADM. Our data demonstrates that CRSP and IMD share several functional properties of peptides in the CT family of peptides, including inhibition of bone resorption and osteoclast formation. The data also show that the reason why ADM does not inhibit osteoclast activity or formation is related to the fact that RANKL decreases ADM receptor signaling through the adenylate cyclase-cyclic AMP pathway. Finally, the findings indicate that activation by CGRP, AMY, and IMD may include activation of both CT and CT receptor-like receptors.

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