The underlying mechanism of the reduced bone formation during the development of glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis (GIO) remains unclear. Here, we found that the highly expressed CKIP-1 together with lowly expressed total and phosphorylated Smad1/5 in bone samples was accompanied by either the reduced serum bone formation markers in GIO patients or the decreased bone formation in GIO mice. In vitro studies showed that the highly expressed CKIP-1 could promote Smad1 ubiquitination to suppress the Smad-dependent BMP signaling and inhibit osteogenic differentiation and mineral deposition in MC3T3-E1 cells during glucocorticoid treatment. Further, the reduced bone formation in GIO mice could not only be prevented by osteoblasts-specific Ckip-1 ablation, but also be attenuated after osteoblasts-specific Smad1 overexpression. Moreover, osteoblasts-targeting CKIP-1 siRNA treatment also attenuated the bone formation reduction in GIO mice. These study suggest that the highly expressed CKIP-1 in osteoblasts could suppress the Smad-dependent BMP signaling and contribute to the bone formation reduction in GIO. Targeting osteoblastic CKIP-1 would be a novel bone anabolic strategy for GIO patients.
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