Matrix extracellular phosphoglycoprotein (MEPE), a member of the Small Integrin Binding Ligand N-linked Glycoprotein (SIBLING) family, is primarily expressed in normal bone and has been proposed as a phosphaturic factor because of high expression and secretion in oncogenic hypophosphatemic osteomalacia tumors. In order to begin to address the role of MEPE in normal human physiology, we developed a competitive ELISA to measure serum levels of MEPE. The ELISA was used to characterize the distribution pattern in a population consisting of 114 normal adult subjects. The mean value of MEPE was 476 ± 247 ng/ml and levels decreased significantly with increasing age. MEPE levels were also significantly correlated with serum phosphorus and parathyroid hormone (PTH). In addition, MEPE levels correlated significantly with measures of bone mineral density in the femoral neck and total hip in a subset of 60 elderly subjects. The results are consistent with MEPE being involved in phosphate and bone metabolism in a normal population.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
- Clinical Biochemistry
- Biochemistry, medical