Should we believe that osteoclasts are only involved in bone resorption? What about their contribution to bone formation? In this article I will review evidence that bone formation can be regulated by osteoclasts. Why is this? Likely because in the physiologic condition of bone remodeling, bone resorption and formation are balanced, and there is no better way to control this equilibrium than through a concerted action between the two cell types. Although the influence of osteoblasts on osteoclastic bone resorption is well documented and consolidated over time, what osteoclasts do to regulate osteoblast activity is still matter of intense investigation. The original hypothesis that all is in the osteoblast-seeking factors stored in the bone matrix, released and activated during bone resorption, is now being challenged by several studies, suggesting that osteoclasts are also capable of producing 'clastokines' that regulate osteoblast performance. Indeed, several of them have been demonstrated to orchestrate osteoclast-osteoblast activities. However, we are probably still at the dawn of a new era, and future work will tell us whether any of these clastokines can be exploited to stimulate bone formation and rebalance bone remodeling in skeletal diseases.

Mechanisms of osteoclast-dependent bone formation

TETI, ANNA MARIA
2013

Abstract

Should we believe that osteoclasts are only involved in bone resorption? What about their contribution to bone formation? In this article I will review evidence that bone formation can be regulated by osteoclasts. Why is this? Likely because in the physiologic condition of bone remodeling, bone resorption and formation are balanced, and there is no better way to control this equilibrium than through a concerted action between the two cell types. Although the influence of osteoblasts on osteoclastic bone resorption is well documented and consolidated over time, what osteoclasts do to regulate osteoblast activity is still matter of intense investigation. The original hypothesis that all is in the osteoblast-seeking factors stored in the bone matrix, released and activated during bone resorption, is now being challenged by several studies, suggesting that osteoclasts are also capable of producing 'clastokines' that regulate osteoblast performance. Indeed, several of them have been demonstrated to orchestrate osteoclast-osteoblast activities. However, we are probably still at the dawn of a new era, and future work will tell us whether any of these clastokines can be exploited to stimulate bone formation and rebalance bone remodeling in skeletal diseases.
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