The Role of the Osteocyte in Bone and Nonbone Disease

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When normal physiologic functions go awry, disorders and disease occur. This is universal; even for the osteocyte, a cell embedded within the mineralized matrix of bone. It was once thought that this cell was simply a placeholder in bone. Within the last decade, the number of studies of osteocytes has increased dramatically, leading to the discovery of novel functions of these cells. With the discovery of novel physiologic functions came the discoveries of how these cells can also be responsible for not only bone diseases and disorders, but also those of the kidney, heart, and potentially muscle.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages18
JournalEndocrinology and Metabolism Clinics of North America
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017


  • Bone disease
  • FGF23
  • Osteocyte
  • Sclerostin
  • Therapeutics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Endocrinology

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