Osteoblast Jmjd3 regulates osteoclastogenesis via EphB4 and RANKL signalling

Rui Wang, Huikun Luo, Di Yang, Bo Yu, Jiajie Guo, Lina Shao, Hirohiko Okamura, Lihong Qiu

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Background: Osteoblasts suppress osteoclastogenesis during the reversal phase of bone remodelling and the mechanism needs to be further investigated. Here, we investigated the role of histone demethylase Jumonji domain-containing 3 (Jmjd3) in osteoblasts on regulating osteoclastogenesis. Methods: Jmjd3 expression was silenced in osteoblasts. Osteoblasts and osteoclasts were co-cultured in direct or indirect contact ways, and osteoclastogenesis was determined by tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase (TRAP) staining and Western blotting. Additionally, Ephrin receptor B4 (EphB4) and receptor activator of nuclear factor-kappa Β ligand (RANKL) expression were quantified in osteoblasts via real-time PCR, Western blotting, and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Subsequently, EphB4 was overexpressed in osteoblasts and RANKL expression and osteoclastogenesis was quantified. Results: Osteoclastogenesis and marker protein expression levels was promoted when osteoclasts were co-cultured with Jmjd3-silenced osteoblasts. Silencing of Jmjd3 expression in osteoblasts decreased EphB4 expression, owing to suppression of demethylation of H3K27me3 on the promoter region of EphB4. Whereas RANKL expression was upregulated in Jmjd3-silenced osteoblasts. Overexpression of EphB4 in osteoblasts inhibited osteoclastogenesis and RANKL expression. Conclusion: Jmjd3 in osteoblasts is a crucial regulator of osteoblast-to-osteoclast communication through EphB4–EphrinB2, RANKL–RANK and EphB4–RANKL signalling axes, suggesting the pivotal role of Jmjd3 in bone remodelling process in bone destruction disease such as chronic apical periodontitis.

Original languageEnglish
JournalOral Diseases
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2022


  • Ephrin receptor B4 (EphB4)
  • Jumonji domain-containing 3 (Jmjd3)
  • osteoclastogenesis
  • receptor activator of nuclear factor κB ligand (RANKL)
  • Tri-methylation at lysine 27 of histone H3 (H3K27me3)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Dentistry(all)


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