The inhibitory role of rab11b in osteoclastogenesis through triggering lysosome-induced degradation of c-fms and rank surface receptors

Manh Tien Tran, Yuka Okusha, Yunxia Feng, Masatoshi Morimatsu, Penggong Wei, Chiharu Sogawa, Takanori Eguchi, Tomoko Kadowaki, Eiko Sakai, Hirohiko Okamura, Keiji Naruse, Takayuki Tsukuba, Kuniaki Okamoto

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Rab11b, abundantly enriched in endocytic recycling compartments, is required for the establishment of the machinery of vesicle trafficking. Yet, no report has so far characterized the biological function of Rab11b in osteoclastogenesis. Using in vitro model of osteoclasts differentiated from murine macrophages like RAW-D cells or bone marrow-derived macrophages, we elucidated that Rab11b served as an inhibitory regulator of osteoclast differentiation sequentially via (i) abolishing surface abundance of RANK and c-Fms receptors; and (ii) attenuating nuclear factor of activated T-cells c1 (NFATc-1) upstream signaling cascades, following RANKL stimulation. Rab11b was localized in early and late endosomes, Golgi complex, and endoplasmic reticulum; moreover, its overexpression enlarged early and late endosomes. Upon inhibition of lysosomal function by a specific blocker, chloroquine (CLQ), we comprehensively clarified a novel function of lysosomes on mediating proteolytic degradation of c-Fms and RANK surface receptors, drastically ameliorated by Rab11b overexpression in RAW-D cell-derived osteoclasts. These findings highlight the key role of Rab11b as an inhibitor of osteoclastogenesis by directing the transport of c-Fms and RANK surface receptors to lysosomes for degradation via the axis of early endosomes-late endosomes-lysosomes, thereby contributing towards the systemic equilibrium of the bone resorption phase.

Original languageEnglish
Article number9352
Pages (from-to)1-21
Number of pages21
JournalInternational journal of molecular sciences
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2 2020


  • C-Fms
  • NFATc-1
  • Osteoclasts
  • RANK
  • Rab11b
  • Vesicular transport

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Molecular Biology
  • Spectroscopy
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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