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Baicalin (BAI), a sort of flavonoid monomer, acquires from Scutellaria baicalensis Georgi, which was forcefully reported in diversified ailments due to the pleiotropic properties. But, the functions of BAI in osteoblast differentiation have not been addressed. The intentions of this study are to attest the influences of BAI in the differentiation of osteoblasts. MC3T3-E1 cells or rat primary osteoblasts were exposed to BAI, and then cell viability, ALP activity, mineralization process, and Runx2 and Ocn expression were appraised through implementing CCK-8, p-nitrophenyl phosphate (pNPP), Alizarin red staining, western blot, and RT-qPCR assays. The microRNA-217 (miR-217) expression was evaluated in MC3T3-E1 cells or rat primary osteoblasts after BAI disposition; meanwhile, the functions of miR-217 in BAI-administrated MC3T3-E1 cells were estimated after miR-217 inhibitor transfection. The impacts of BAI and miR-217 inhibition on Wnt/β-catenin and MEK/ERK pathways were probed to verify the involvements in BAI-regulated the differentiation of osteoblasts. BAI accelerated cell viability, osteoblast activity, and Runx2 and Ocn expression in MC3T3-E1 cells or rat primary osteoblasts, and the phenomena were mediated via activations of Wnt/β-catenin and MEK/ERK pathways. Elevation of miR-217 was observed in BAI-disposed MC3T3-E1 cells or rat primary osteoblasts, and miR-217 repression annulled the functions of BAI in MC3T3-E1 cell viability and differentiation. Additionally, the activations of Wnt/β-catenin and MEK/ERK pathways evoked by BAI were both restrained by repression of miR-217. These explorations uncovered that BAI augmented the differentiation of osteoblasts via activations of Wnt/β-catenin and MEK/ERK pathways by ascending miR-217 expression.
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Name: Molecular and cellular biochemistry
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