Rab34 plays a critical role as a bidirectional regulator of osteoclastogenesis

Yunxia Feng, Manh Tien Tran, Yanyin Lu, Kaung Htike, Yuka Okusha, Chiharu Sogawa, Takanori Eguchi, Tomoko Kadowaki, Eiko Sakai, Takayuki Tsukuba, Kuniaki Okamoto

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Accumulating evidence suggests that Rab GTPases representing the largest branch of Ras superfamily have recently emerged as the core factors for the regulation of osteoclastogenesis through modulating vesicular transport amongst specific subcellular compartments. Among these, Rab34 GTPase has been identified to be important for the post-Golgi secretory pathway and for phagocytosis; nevertheless, its specific role in osteoclastogenesis has been completely obscure. Here, upon the in vitro model of osteoclast formation derived from murine macrophages like RAW-D cells or bone marrow–derived macrophages, we reveal that Rab34 regulates osteoclastogenesis bidirectionally. More specifically, Rab34 serves as a negative regulator of osteoclast differentiation by promoting the lysosome-induced proteolysis of two osteoclastogenic surface receptors, c-fms and RANK, via the axis of early endosomes-late endosomes–lysosomes, leading to alleviate the transcriptional activity of two of the master regulator of osteoclast differentiation, c-fos and NFATc-1, eventually attenuating osteoclast differentiation and bone resorption. Besides, Rab34 plays a crucial role in modulating the secretory network of lysosome-related proteases including matrix metalloprotease 9 and Cathepsin K across the ruffled borders of osteoclasts, contributing to the regulation of bone resorption.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)263-277
Number of pages15
JournalCell biochemistry and function
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2022


  • c-fms
  • NFATc-1
  • osteoclasts
  • Rab34
  • RANK
  • vesicular transport

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology


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