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Id: 5,412 (click here to show other Interactions for entry)
Diseases: Diabetes mellitus, type II - [OMIM]
Insulin resistance
Obesity - [OMIM]
Mus musculus
BTO:0001582 ES-D3 cell
Reference: Qiao LJ et al.(2011) Simvastatin promotes osteogenic differentiation of mouse embryonic stem cells via canonical Wnt/beta-catenin signaling Mol. Cells 32: 437-444 [PMID: 22058016]

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Comment Simvastatin, an inhibitor of 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A (HMG-CoA) reductase, has been known to reduce cholesterol biosynthesis. However, recent studies demonstrate that simvastatin shows diverse cholesterol-independent functions including cellular differentiation. This study investigated the stimulatory effect of simvastatin on the osteogenic differentiation of mouse embryonic stem cells (ESCs). The osteogenic effect of simvastatin was observed at relatively low doses (ranging from 1 nM to 200 nM). Incubation of ESCs in simvastatin-supplemented osteogenic medium significantly increased alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity at day 7.
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Interaction-ID: 52828

drug/chemical compound


increases_activity of



in embryonic stem cells
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