Deltamethrin inhibits osteoclast differentiation via regulation of heme oxygenase-1 and NFATc1

Hiroshi Sakamoto, Eiko Sakai, Reiko Fumimoto, Yu Yamaguchi, Yutaka Fukuma, Kazuhisa Nishishita, Kuniaki Okamoto, Takayuki Tsukuba

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Deltamethrin is a widely used pyrethroid pesticide. Although the cytotoxicity of deltamethrin has been reported, especially in neuronal cells, there is no information concerning the effects of deltamethrin on osteoclasts (OCLs). In this study, we showed that deltamethrin inhibited OCL differentiation in vitro. The effects of deltamethrin on OCL differentiation by receptor activator of nuclear factor kappa-B ligand (RANKL) were investigated in bone marrow-derived macrophages (BMMs) or the murine monocytic cell line RAW-D. Treatment with deltamethrin inhibited OCL formation and bone resorption and up-regulated expression of heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1), an anti-oxidative stress enzyme. Deltamethrin also decreased the protein levels of nuclear factor of activated T cells cytoplasmic-1 (NFATc1), which is a master regulator for OCL differentiation, and concomitantly reduced the expression levels of Src and cathepsin K, which are transcriptionally regulated by NFATc1. The effects of deltamethrin on intracellular signaling during the OCL differentiation of BMMs indicated that deltamethrin-treated OCLs displayed impaired phosphorylation of extracellular signal-regulated kinase, p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase, Jun N-terminal kinase, and Akt, and slightly delayed phosphorylation of inhibitor of nuclear factor kappa B alpha (IκBα) compared with untreated OCLs. Thus, deltamethrin possibly affects bone metabolism by inhibiting OCL differentiation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)817-822
Number of pages6
JournalToxicology in Vitro
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Deltamethrin
  • Heme oxygenase-1
  • NFATc1
  • Osteoclasts

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Toxicology


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