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TREM2, a DAP12-associated receptor, regulates osteoclast differentiation and function


Introduction: TREM2 (triggering receptor expressed in myeloid cells-2) associates with the signaling adapter DAP12 in osteoclasts (OCs). Genetic mutation or deletion of either the TYROBP (DAP12) or TREM2 gene is associated with the human disorder of brain and bone, Nasu-Hakola disease. We and others recently showed the critical requirement for immunoreceptor tyrosine-based activation motif (ITAM) signals through DAP12 and the Fc Receptor gamma chain (FcR gamma) during OC development. Here, we further define the role of TREM2 in OC differentiation and describe a role for TREM2 in OC migration and bone resorption. Materials and Methods: We generated monoclonal anti-mouse TREM2 antibodies (mAb), analyzed preosteoclasts and mature OCs for TREM2 surface expression, and determined the effect of antibody ligation on in vitro OC differentiation, resorption, and migration. TREM2 RNA interference (RNAi) was used to disrupt expression of TREM2 in pre-osteoclasts. Results: Using flow cytometry, our studies reveal that TREM2 is weakly expressed on C57BL/6 bone marrow macrophages (BMMs) and is upregulated during culture with RANKL and macrophage-colony stimulating factor (M-CSF). The expression of TREM2 is unaltered in DAP12-deficient OCs. Using C57BL/6 BMMs or RAW264.7 precursors, anti-TREM2 mAb treatment with RANKL and M-CSF enhances the formation of multinuclear TRACP(+) OCs compared with control mAb treatment. In contrast, these agents have no effect on DAP12-deficient precursors. Monoclonal Ab blockade of TREM2 on OCs generated from C57BL/6 BMMs results in decreased resorption of artificial calcium-phosphate substrate and dentine. Reduction of TREM2 expression in RAW264.7 cells by RNAi results in loss of OC formation in response to RANKL and M-CSF. Anti-TREM2 cross-linking enhances migration of C57BL/6 OCs and RAW246.7 OCs in response to M-CSF. Conclusions: Our studies indicate that the TREM2 receptor regulates OC multinucleation as well as resorption and migration of mature OCs. Thus, TREM2-DAP12 signals regulate both OC formation and function.

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