The interaction of biological factors with mechanical signals in bone adaptation: Recent developments

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Abstract

Mechanotransduction in bone is fundamental to proper skeletal development. Deficiencies in signaling mechanisms that transduce physical forces to effector cells can have severe consequences for skeletal integrity. Therefore, a solid understanding of the cellular and molecular components of mechanotransduction is crucial for correcting skeletal modeling and remodeling errors and designing effective therapies. In recent years, progress has been made on many fronts regarding our understanding of bone cell mechanotransduction, including subcellular localization of mechanosensitive components in bone cells, the discovery of mechanosensitive G-protein-coupled receptors, identification of new ion channels and larger pores (eg, hemichannels) involved in physical signal transduction, and cell adhesion proteins, among others. These and other recent mechanisms are reviewed to provide a synthesis of recent experimental findings, in the larger context of whole bone adaptation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)126-131
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent osteoporosis reports
Volume10
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2012

Keywords

  • Biological factors
  • Bone adaptation
  • Mechanical loading
  • Mechanical signals
  • Mechanotransduction
  • Osteoblasts
  • Osteocytes
  • Strain
  • Stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

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