Emerging evidence proves that exosomes contain specific microRNAs(miRNAs) contribute to osteogenic differentiation of bone marrow stem cells (BMSCs). However, the role and mechanism of bone marrow stem cells (BMSCs)-derived exosomes overexpressing miR-424-5p in osteoblasts remains unclear. Firstly, the BMSCs-derived exosomes were isolated, and identified by Western blot with the exosome surface markers CD9, CD81 and CD63. Quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) was applied to detect the level of miR-424-5p in exosomes, and western blot was implemented to verify the WIF1/Wnt/β-catenin expression. The binding association between miR-424-5p and WIF1 was determined by the dual-luciferase reporter gene assay. Functional enhancement experiments were adopted to determine the role of exosome-carried miR-424-5p and WIF1/Wnt/β-catenin in osteogenic differentiation. ALP staining was adopted, and levels of RUNX2, OCN, and OPN were monitored using qRT-PCR to determine osteogenic differentiation. As a result, experiments showed that RUNX2, OCN and OPN levels decreased and the ALP activity was dampened after miR-424-5p overexpression in exosomes. Besides, exosomes overexpressing miR-424-5p attenuated osteogenic development via WIF1/Wnt/β-catenin. Our findings may bring evidence for miR-424-5p as a new biomarker for the treatment of osteoporosis.
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