Extracellular calcium increases fibroblast growth factor 2 gene expression via extracellular signal-regulated kinase 1/2 and protein kinase A signaling in mouse dental papilla cells

Sousuke Kanaya, Binlu Xiao, Yukihiko Sakisaka, Mizuki Suto, Kentaro Maruyama, Masahiro Saito, Eiji Nemoto

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Abstract

We previously reported that elevated extracellular calcium (Ca2+) levels increase bone morphogenetic protein 2 expression in human dental pulp (hDP) cells. However, it is unknown whether extracellular Ca2+ affects the expression of other growth factors such as fibroblast growth factor 2 (FGF2). The present study aimed to examine the effect of extracellular Ca2+ on FGF2 gene expression in hDP and immortalized mouse dental papilla (mDP) cells. Cells were stimulated with 10 mM CaCl2 in the presence or absence of cell signaling inhibitors. FGF2 gene expression was assessed using real-time polymerase chain reaction. The phosphorylation status of signaling molecules was examined by Western blotting. Extracellular Ca2+ increased FGF2 gene expression in mDP and hDP cells. Gene expression of the calcium-sensing receptor and G protein-coupled receptor family C group 6 member A, both of which are extracellular Ca2+ sensors, was not detected. Ca2+-mediated Fgf2 expression was reduced by pretreatment with the protein kinase A (PKA) inhibitor H-89 or extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) 1/2 inhibitor PD98059 but not by pretreatment with the protein kinase C inhibitor GF-109203X or p38 inhibitor SB203580. Extracellular Ca2+ increased PKA activity and ERK1/2 phosphorylation. Ca2+-induced PKA activity decreased by pretreatment with PD98059. These findings indicate that elevated extracellular Ca2+ levels led to increased Fgf2 expression through ERK1/2 and PKA in mDP cells and that this mechanism may be useful for designing regenerative therapies for dentin.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e20170231
JournalJournal of applied oral science : revista FOB
Volume26
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018 May 14

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)

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