Valproate and bone loss: ITRAQ proteomics show that valproate reduces collagens and osteonectin in SMA cells

Heidi R. Fuller, Nguyen Thi Man, Le Thanh Lam, Vladimir A. Shamanin, Elliot J. Androphy, Glenn E. Morris

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Valproate is commonly used as an anticonvulsant and mood stabilizer, but its long-term side-effects can include bone loss. As a histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitor, valproate has also been considered for treatment of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). Using iTRAQ labeling technology, followed by two-dimensional liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry analysis, a quantitative comparison of the proteome of an SMA cell line, with and without valproate treatment, was performed. The most striking change was a reduction in collagens I and VI, while over 1000 other proteins remained unchanged. The collagen I alpha-chain precursor was also reduced by more than 50% suggesting that valproate affects collagen I synthesis. The collagen-binding glycoprotein, osteonectin (SPARC, BM-40) was one of the few other proteins that were significantly reduced by valproate treatment. Collagen I is the main protein component of bone matrix and osteonectin has a major role in bone development, so the results suggest a possible molecular mechanism for bone loss following long-term exposure to valproate. SMA patients may already suffer bone weakness as a result of SMN1 gene deletion, so further bone loss would be undesirable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4228-4233
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Proteome Research
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 6 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • SMN
  • Valproate
  • Valproate and bone loss
  • bone
  • collagen
  • histone deacetylase inhibitor
  • iTRAQ
  • osteonectin
  • spinal muscular atrophy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry(all)

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