A bone and cartilage enzyme with both 5'-nucleotide phosphodiesterase I and nucleotide pyrophosphohydrolase (NTPPPH) activity modulates physiologic mineralization and pathologic chondrocalcinosis by generating inorganic pyrophosphate. We hypothesized that, as for alkaline phosphatase, expression of an NTPPPH gene can be shared by cells from bone, cartilage, and liver and by certain leukocytes. Recently, we demonstrated the hepatocyte and murine plasma cell membrane glycoprotein PC-1 to have both 5'-nucleotide phosphodiesterase I and NTPPPH activity. We detected polypeptides cross-reactive with PC-1 in human U20S osteosarcoma cells, articular chondrocytes, homogenized human knee cartilages, human knee synovial fluids, hepatoma cells, and murine plasmacytoma cells. Constitutive low abundance PC-1 mRNA expression was detected in U20S cells and chondrocytes by a nested RNA-PCR assay and by Northern blotting. TGF beta is known to substantially increase NTPPPH activity in primary osteoblast cultures. We demonstrated that TGF beta 1 increased NTPPPH activity and the level of PC-1 mRNA and immunoprecipitable [35S]-methionine-labeled PC-1 polypeptides in U20S cells. The identification of PC-1 as an NTPPPH expressed in cells derived from bone and cartilage may prove useful in furthering the understanding of the role of NTPPPH i n physiologic and pathologic mineralization.
R Huang, M Rosenbach, R Vaughn, D Provvedini, N Rebbe, S Hickman, J Goding, R Terkeltaub