Role of G-proteins in the differentiation of epiphyseal chondrocytes.


Herein, we review the regulation of differentiation of the growth plate chondrocytes by G-proteins. In connection with this, we summarize the current knowledge regarding each family of G-protein α subunit, specifically, Gα(s), Gα(q/11), Gα(12/13), and Gα(i/o). We discuss different mechanisms involved in chondrocyte differentiation downstream of G-proteins and different G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) activating G-proteins in the epiphyseal chondrocytes. We conclude that among all G-proteins and GPCRs expressed by chondrocytes, Gα(s) has the most important role and prevents premature chondrocyte differentiation. Receptor for parathyroid hormone (PTHR1) appears to be the major activator of Gα(s) in chondrocytes and ablation of either one leads to accelerated chondrocyte differentiation, premature fusion of the postnatal growth plate, and ultimately short stature.

DOI: 10.1530/JME-14-0093

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@article{Chagin2014RoleOG, title={Role of G-proteins in the differentiation of epiphyseal chondrocytes.}, author={Andrei S Chagin and Henry M . Kronenberg}, journal={Journal of molecular endocrinology}, year={2014}, volume={53 2}, pages={R39-45} }