Fluoride Action Network



  • Fluoride inhibited chondrocyte viability and delayed chondrocyte differentiation.
  • Fluoride disrupted the circadian clock signaling pathway in ATDC5 cells.
  • Overexpression of Bmal1 reversed the delayed chondrogenic differentiation induced by fluoride.

Skeletal fluorosis causes growth plate impairment and growth retardation during bone development. However, the mechanism of how fluoride impairs chondrocyte is unclear. To explore the effect of fluoride on chondrocyte differentiation and the regulation of circadian clock signaling pathway during chondrogenesis, we treated ATDC5 cells with fluoride and carried out a series of experiments. 10-3 M fluoride inhibited cell viability and significantly decreased the expression of Sox9 and Col2a1 (P < 0.05). Fluoride inhibited proteoglycan synthesis and decreased significantly the expression of Aggrecan, Ihh and Col10a1 (P < 0.05). Meanwhile, fluoride significantly inhibited the expression of Bmal1 and disrupted circadian clock signaling pathway (P < 0.05). Furthermore, fluoride disrupted the time-dependent expression of circadian clock molecules and stage-specific differentiation markers. Overexpression of Bmal1 by lentivirus reversed the adverse effects of fluoride on chondrogenesis. These results suggested that fluoride inhibited chondrocyte viability and delayed chondrocyte differentiation. Fluoride delayed chondrogenesis partly via interfering with Bmal1 and circadian clock signaling pathway. Nevertheless, the specific mechanism of circadian clock in fluoride-induced cartilage damage needs to be further studied.