The expression, regulation and functional significance of multiple Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ transcript variants in bone were studied. PPARG transcripts giving rise to PPARg-1 protein were expressed in human osteoblasts, whereas PPARG-2 transcript and protein remained virtually absent. PPARG expression underwent homologous regulation, was upregulated during differentiation and directly induced by the osteogenic hormone dexamethasone, suggesting a role of PPARg-1 for osteogenesis. Differences between the stabilities of PPARG-1, -3 and -4 were observed. We hypothesize that cell-specific expression patterns of multiple PPARG transcript variants encoding for the same protein but differing in mRNA stabilities enable a fine-tuning of PPARG action, which eventually supports a well-adjusted signal transduction between the cell and its environment.

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Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam