Elastin-derived peptides and TGF-beta1 induce osteogenic responses in smooth muscle cells

Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2005 Aug 26;334(2):524-32. doi: 10.1016/j.bbrc.2005.06.119.


Elastin degradation associated with matrix metalloproteinase activity is a cell-mediated process, observed in almost all types of vascular calcification. In this study, we tested the hypothesis that elastin-derived peptides induce an osteogenic response in vascular smooth muscle cells (SMCs) in vitro. Using RT-PCR and specific protein assays, we demonstrated that rat aortic SMCs incubated with elastin peptides exhibited an increased expression of the 67 kDa elastin laminin receptor (ELR) and matrix metalloproteinase-2 and typical bone proteins, such as core binding factor alpha-1, osteocalcin, and alkaline phosphatase. The osteogenic gene expression in SMCs was further enhanced by the addition of TGF-beta1 along with the elastin peptides, in the absence of any other mineralizing agent. Conversely, lactose (an ELR antagonist) down-regulated expression of most investigated proteins. In conclusion, elastin-derived peptides and TGF-beta1 up-regulate the expression of typical bone proteins in cultured rat aortic SMCs, possibly via the ELR signaling.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Bone Morphogenetic Proteins / metabolism*
  • Cell Differentiation / drug effects
  • Cell Differentiation / physiology
  • Cells, Cultured
  • Dose-Response Relationship, Drug
  • Elastin / pharmacology*
  • Muscle, Smooth, Vascular / cytology
  • Muscle, Smooth, Vascular / drug effects
  • Muscle, Smooth, Vascular / metabolism*
  • Myocytes, Smooth Muscle / cytology*
  • Myocytes, Smooth Muscle / drug effects
  • Myocytes, Smooth Muscle / metabolism*
  • Osteogenesis / drug effects
  • Osteogenesis / physiology*
  • Peptide Fragments / pharmacology
  • Rats
  • Transforming Growth Factor beta / pharmacology*
  • Transforming Growth Factor beta1


  • Bone Morphogenetic Proteins
  • Peptide Fragments
  • Tgfb1 protein, rat
  • Transforming Growth Factor beta
  • Transforming Growth Factor beta1
  • Elastin