Friend or Foe? Essential Roles of Osteoclast in Maintaining Skeletal Health
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AbstractHeightened activity of osteoclast is considered to be the culprit in breaking the balance during bone remodeling in pathological conditions, such as osteoporosis. As a “foe” of skeletal health, many antiosteoporosis therapies aim to inhibit osteoclastogenesis. However, bone remodeling is a dynamic process that requires the subtle coordination of osteoclasts and osteoblasts. Severe suppression of osteoclast differentiation will impair bone formation because of the coupling effect. Thus, understanding the complex roles of osteoclast in maintaining proper bone remodeling is highly warranted to develop better management of osteoporosis. This review aimed to determine the varied roles of osteoclasts in maintaining skeletal health and to highlight the positive roles of osteoclasts in maintaining normal bone remodeling. Generally, osteoclasts interact with osteocytes to initiate targeted bone remodeling and have crosstalk with mesenchymal stem cells and osteoblasts via secreted factors or cell-cell contact to promote bone formation. We believe that a better outcome of bone remodeling disorders will be achieved when proper strategies are made to coordinate osteoclasts and osteoblasts in managing such disorders.
Acceptance Date27/01/2020
All Author(s) ListHaixing Wang, Guangpu Yang, Yinbo Xiao, Guotian Luo, Gang Li, Ziqing Li
Journal nameBioMed Research International
Volume Number2020
Article number4791786
Pages1 - 10
LanguagesEnglish-United States
KeywordsFactor secreted by osteoclasts, Effect on Bone remodeling

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