Osteoclast inhibitory lectin (OCIL), an immune cell product that is required for normal bone physiology in vivo.

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J Biol Chem 2008 Nov 7;283(45):30850-60. Epub 2008 Se

Osteoclast inhibitory lectin (OCIL), an immune cell product that is required for normal bone physiology in vivo.

Cipetic, M;Gillespie, MT.;Kartsogiannis, V;Ly, C;Martin, TJ;McGregor, NE;Ng, KW;Poulton, IJ;Quinn, JM;Saleh, H;Sims, NA;Smyth, MJ;Walker, EC;Wallace, ME;Zhou, H

St. Vincent's Institute, 9 Princes Street, Fitzroy, Victoria 3065, Australia.

Service type: Knockout mice


Osteoclast inhibitory lectin (OCIL or clrb) is a member of the natural killer cell C-type lectins that have a described role mostly in autoimmune cell function. OCIL was originally identified as an osteoblast-derived inhibitor of osteoclast formation in vitro. To determine the physiological function(s) of OCIL, we generated ocil(-/-) mice. These mice appeared healthy and were fertile, with no apparent immune function defect, and phenotypic abnormalities were limited to bone. Histomorphometric analysis revealed a significantly lower tibial trabecular bone volume and trabecular number in the 10- and 16-week-old male ocil(-/-) mice compared with wild type mice. Furthermore, ocil(-/-) mice showed reduced bone formation rate in the 10-week-old females and 16-week-old males while Static markers of bone formation showed no significant changes in male or female ocil(-/-) mice. Examination of bone resorption markers in the long bones of ocil(-/-) mice indicated a transient increase in osteoclast number per unit bone perimeter. Enhanced osteoclast formation was also observed when either bone marrow or splenic cultures were generated in vitro from ocil(-/-) mice relative to wild type control cultures. Loss of ocil therefore resulted in osteopenia in adult mice primarily as a result of increased osteoclast formation and/or decreased bone formation. The enhanced osteoclastic activity led to elevated serum calcium levels, which resulted in the suppression of circulating parathyroid hormone in 10-week-old ocil(-/-) mice compared with wild type control mice. Collectively, our data suggest that OCIL is a physiological negative regulator of bone.

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