C-terminal parathyroid hormone-related protein inhibits proliferation and differentiation of human osteoblast-like cells

J Bone Miner Res. 1997 May;12(5):778-85. doi: 10.1359/jbmr.1997.12.5.778.


Parathyroid hormone-related protein (PTHrP) is synthesized by osteoblasts, although its local role in bone is not completely understood. The C-terminal (107-111) region of PTHrP seems to be a potent inhibitor of osteoblastic bone resorption. We studied the effect of this PTHrP domain on the proliferation and synthesis of osteoblastic markers in osteoblast-like cells from adult human bone. We found that the human (h)PTHrP(107-139) fragment, between 10 fM and 10 nM, inhibited 3H-thymidine incorporation into these cells. The antiproliferative effect of the latter fragment, or that of hPTHrP(107-111), was similar to that induced by [Tyr34] hPTHrP(1-34) amide, bovine PTH(1-34), and hPTHrP(1-141), while hPTHrP(38-64) amide was ineffective. Human PTHrP(7-34) amide, at 10 nM, and 1 microM phorbol-12-myristate-13-acetate also significantly decreased DNA synthesis in human osteoblast-like cells. Neither hPTHrP(7-34) amide nor hPTHrP(107-139), at 10 nM, stimulated protein kinase A (PKA) activity in these cells. Moreover, 100 nM H-89, a PKA inhibitor, did not eliminate the inhibitory effect of hPTHrP(107-139) on these cells' growth. However 100 nM calphostin C, a PKC inhibitor, blunted this effect of PTHrP(107-139). In addition to their antimitogenic effect, hPTHrP(107-139) and hPTHrP(107-111) inhibited basal and 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 (1,25(OH)2D3)-stimulated alkaline phosphatase activity in these cells. Both fragments, like 1,25(OH)2D3, decreased C-terminal type I procollagen secretion into the cell-conditioned medium, but osteocalcin secretion by these cells was unaffected by the C-terminal PTHrP fragments. These findings suggest that PTHrP may act as a local regulator of bone formation.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Alkaline Phosphatase / metabolism
  • Cell Differentiation / physiology
  • Cell Division / physiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Osteoblasts / cytology*
  • Osteocalcin / metabolism
  • Parathyroid Hormone / physiology*
  • Parathyroid Hormone-Related Protein
  • Peptide Fragments / physiology*
  • Procollagen / metabolism
  • Proteins / chemistry
  • Proteins / physiology*


  • PTHLH protein, human
  • Parathyroid Hormone
  • Parathyroid Hormone-Related Protein
  • Peptide Fragments
  • Procollagen
  • Proteins
  • Osteocalcin
  • Alkaline Phosphatase