Inhibition of calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate crystal formation in articular cartilage vesicles and cartilage by phosphocitrate

Herman S. Cheung, Indira V. Kurup, John D. Sallis, Lawrence M. Ryan

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Articular cartilage vesicles (ACV), isolated by differential centrifugation of adult hyaline articular cartilage collagenase digests, mineralized in the presence of calcium and ATP. Mineral analysis by microscopy, chemical analysis, energy-dispersive analysis, and infrared spectroscopy revealed crystals resembling calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate (CPPD). Adult articular cartilage also underwent ATP-dependent mineralization, supporting the contention that vesicles in situ fostered adult articular cartilage mineralization. Phosphocitrate (PC) is a recognized in vitro inhibitor of hydroxyapatite and calcium oxalate monohydrate crystal formation, but it is not known whether PC can similarly restrict CPPD crystal development. In the present study we examine the effect of PC, citrate, and n-sulfo-2-amino-tricarballylate (SAT, a PC analogue) on the ATP-induced CPPD crystal formation in both ACV and articular cartilage models. Only PC (10- 1000 μM) blocked both the ATP-dependent and -independent mineralization in ACV in a dose-dependent fashion. At 1 mM, SAT and citrate blocked the ATP- independent mineralization. Similarly, only PC blocked both the ATP- and non- ATP-dependent mineralization in native articular cartilage slices. PC, SAT, and citrate had no effect on ACV nucleoside triphosphate pyrophosphohydrolase activity, suggesting that none of these agents blocked mineralization through the inhibition of nucleoside triphosphate pyrophosphohydrolase activity, which generates inorganic pyrophosphate from ATP.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)28082-28085
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number45
StatePublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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