Communication Factors-Promising Targets in Osteoporosis Treatment
Yan Zhang, Peijun Liu, Juan Li, Kun Li, Yue Teng, Xiang Wang and Xu Li
Affiliation: Center for translational medicine, The First Affiliated Hospital of Xi'an Jiaotong University College of Medicine, 277 West Yanta Road, Xi’an, Shaanxi 710061, P. R. China.
Osteoporosis is one of the most serious under-diagnosed and under-treated recessive diseases, leading to increased
mortality and morbidity as well as huge economic burden. The fundamental reason for the occurrence of osteoporosis
lies in the disequilibrium between bone resorption mediated by osteoclasts and bone formation mediated by osteoblasts.
Osteoclast-osteoblast communication plays important roles in the maintenance of hemeostasis. In this review,
we present the detailed mechanisms of this communication, including modes of diffusible paracrine factors, cell-cell direct
contact and cell-bone matrix interaction. We demonstrate that osteoclasts (or osteoblasts) could not only secrete cytokines,
growth factors, chemokines and function in a paracrine manner, but also express molecules on their membranes to
bind to the receptors on osteoblasts (or osteoclasts) to transduce bidirectional signals. Moreover, growth factors and cytokines
deliberated from bone matrix during bone resorption could also regulate the function of both osteoblasts and osteoclasts.
This review gives the latest knowledge of communication factors, some of which are emerging as novel therapeutic
targets for future development of antiosteoporotic drugs.
Keywords: Osteoclast, osteoblast, communication, osteoporosis.
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