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The Nuclear Factor Of Activated T Cells (Nfat) Transcription Factor Nfatp (Nfatc2) Is A Repressor Of Chondrogenesis, Ann M. Ranger, Louis C. Gerstenfeld, Jinxi Wang, Tamiyo Kon, Hyunsu Bae, Ellen M. Gravallese, Melvin J. Glimcher, Laurie H. Glimcher Apr 2015

The Nuclear Factor Of Activated T Cells (Nfat) Transcription Factor Nfatp (Nfatc2) Is A Repressor Of Chondrogenesis, Ann M. Ranger, Louis C. Gerstenfeld, Jinxi Wang, Tamiyo Kon, Hyunsu Bae, Ellen M. Gravallese, Melvin J. Glimcher, Laurie H. Glimcher

Ellen M. Gravallese

Nuclear factor of activated T cells (NFAT) transcription factors regulate gene expression in lymphocytes and control cardiac valve formation. Here, we report that NFATp regulates chondrogenesis in the adult animal. In mice lacking NFATp, resident cells in the extraarticular connective tissues spontaneously differentiate to cartilage. These cartilage cells progressively differentiate and the tissue undergoes endochondral ossification, recapitulating the development of endochondral bone. Proliferation of already existing articular cartilage cells also occurs in some older animals. At both sites, neoplastic changes in the cartilage cells occur. Consistent with these data, NFATp expression is regulated in mesenchymal stem cells induced to differentiate ...