An essential role for the association of CD47 to SHPS-1 in skeletal remodeling

Laura A. Maile, Victoria E. Demambro, Christine Wai, Ariel W. Aday, Byron E. Capps, Wesley G. Beamer, Clifford J. Rosen, David R. Clemmons

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Integrin-associated protein (IAP/CD47) has been implicated in macrophage-macrophage fusion. To understand the actions of CD47 on skeletal remodeling, we compared Cd47 -/- mice with Cd47 +/+ controls. Cd47 -/- mice weighed less and had decreased areal bone mineral density compared with controls. Cd47 -/- femurs were shorter in length with thinner cortices and exhibited lower trabecular bone volume owing to decreased trabecular number and thickness. Histomorphometry revealed reduced bone-formation and mineral apposition rates, accompanied by decreased osteoblast numbers. No differences in osteoclast number were observed despite a nonsignificant but 40% decrease in eroded surface/bone surface in Cd47 -/- mice. In vitro, the number of functional osteoclasts formed by differentiating Cd47 -/- bone marrow cells was significantly decreased compared with wild-type cultures and was associated with a decrease in bone-resorption capacity. Furthermore, by disrupting the CD47-SHPS-1 association, we found that osteoclastogenesis was markedly impaired. Assays for markers of osteoclast maturation suggested that the defect was at the point of fusion and not differentiation and was associated with a lack of SHPS-1 phosphorylation, SHP-1 phosphatase recruitment, and subsequent dephosphorylation of non-muscle cell myosin IIA. We also demonstrated a significant decrease in osteoblastogenesis in bone marrow stromal cells derived from Cd47 -/- mice. Our finding of cell-autonomous defects in Cd47 -/- osteoblast and osteoclast differentiation coupled with the pronounced skeletal phenotype of Cd47 -/- mice support the conclusion that CD47 plays an important role in regulating skeletal acquisition and maintenance through its actions on both bone formation and bone resorption.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2068-2081
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Bone and Mineral Research
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • BONE
  • SHP-1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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