Runx2 protein represses axin2 expression in osteoblasts and is required for craniosynostosis in axin2-deficient mice

Meghan Elizabeth McGee Lawrence, Xiaodong Li, Krista L. Bledsoe, Hai Wu, John R. Hawse, Malayannan Subramaniam, David F. Razidlo, Bridget A. Stensgard, Gary S. Stein, Andre J. Van Wijnen, Jane B. Lian, Wei Hsu, Jennifer J. Westendorf

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Background: Runx2 and Axin2 are required for proper skeletal development. Results: Runx2 and Hdac3 repress Axin2 transcription in osteoblasts. Runx2 insufficiency prevents craniosynostosis in Axin2- deficient mice. Conclusion: A Runx2-Axin2 regulatory mechanism controls the pace of calvarial bone formation. Significance: The molecular and functional interplay between Runx2 and Axin2 controls the rate of cranial suture closure. Similar interactions may occur during skeletal development and carcinogenesis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5291-5302
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Feb 22 2013
Externally publishedYes


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  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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