Regulation of bone mass and osteoclast function depend on the F-actin modulator SWAP-70

Annette I. Garbe, Anne Roscher, Christiane Schüler, Anne Helen Lutter, Martin Glösmann, Ricardo Bernhardt, Michael Chopin, Ute Hempel, Lorenz C. Hofbauer, Stefan Rammelt, Monika Egerbacher, Reinhold G. Erben, Rolf Jessberger

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Bone remodeling involves tightly regulated bone-resorbing osteoclasts and bone-forming osteoblasts. Determining osteoclast function is central to understanding bone diseases such as osteoporosis and osteopetrosis. Here, we report a novel function of the F-actin binding and regulatory protein SWAP-70 in osteoclast biology. F-actin ring formation, cell morphology, and bone resorption are impaired in Swap-70-/- osteoclasts, whereas the expression of osteoclast differentiation markers induced in vitro by macrophage colony-stimulating factor (M-CSF) and receptor activator of NF-ÎB ligand (RANKL) remains unaffected. Swap-70-/- mice develop osteopetrosis with increased bone mass, abnormally dense bone, and impaired osteoclast function. Ectopic expression of SWAP-70 in Swap-70-/- osteoclasts in vitro rescues their deficiencies in bone resorption and F-actin ring formation. Rescue requires a functional pleckstrin homology (PH) domain, known to support membrane localization of SWAP-70, and the F-actin binding domain. Transplantation of SWAP-70-proficient bone marrow into Swap-70-/- mice restores osteoclast resorption capacity in vivo. The identification of the role of SWAP-70 in promoting osteoclast function through modulating membrane-proximal F-actin rearrangements reveals a new pathway to control osteoclasts and bone homeostasis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2085-2096
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Bone and Mineral Research
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • BONE
  • SWAP-70


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