Research Paper Volume 11, Issue 19 pp 8254—8269
Soluble klotho regulates the function of salivary glands by activating KLF4 pathways
- 1 Department of Pathology, School of Dentistry, Chosun University, Gwangju 61452, Republic of Korea
- 2 Department of Biochemistry, School of Oriental Medicine, Dongguk University, Gyeongju 38066, Republic of Korea
Received: April 22, 2019 Accepted: September 21, 2019 Published: October 2, 2019https://doi.org/10.18632/aging.102318
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The dysfunction of salivary glands commonly induces dry mouth, infections, and dental caries caused by a lack of saliva. This study was performed to determine the genetic and functional changes in salivary glands using a klotho (-/-) mouse model. Here, we confirmed the attenuation of KLF4 expression in the salivary glands of klotho (-/-) mice. Soluble klotho overexpression induced KLF4 transcription and KLF4-mediated signaling pathways, including mTOR, AMPK, and SOD1/2. Silencing klotho via siRNA significantly down-regulated KLF4 expression. Additionally, we monitored the function of salivary glands and soluble klotho and/or KLF4 responses and demonstrated that soluble klotho increased the expression of KLF4 and markers of salivary gland function (α-amylase, ZO-1, and Aqua5) in primary cultured salivary gland cells from wild type and klotho (-/-) mice. In a 3D culture system, cell sphere aggregates were observed in soluble klotho- or KLF4-expressing cells and exhibited higher expression levels of salivary gland function-related proteins than those in nontransfected cells. These results suggest that activation of the klotho-mediated KLF4 signaling pathway contributes to potentiating the function of salivary glands.