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Regulation of Osteoclast Differentiation

Submission deadline: 31 May 2023
Special Issue Editor
  • Anja Nohe, PhD
    University of Delaware, Newark, DE, USA
    Interests: development of delivery techniques; development of new imaging techniques; differentiation of stem cells: role of hormones and growth factors
Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Bone is a complex tissue that is constantly being remodeled. Osteoclasts are a key regulator of bone homeostasis and are responsible for bone resorption. They are derived from hematopoietic stem cells following activation of specific signaling pathways by M-CSF and RANKL. Genes activated during this process include PU-1 and DC-STAMP, as well as several others. Research to date has mostly focused on the factors that drive osteoclast differentiation, however further studies are required due to the complexity of the bone niche. Osteoclast differentiation is mediated by osteoblasts and by other cells present within the bone marrow. These cells influence the differentiation, proliferation, and activation of osteoclasts. Hence, the local cell environment is critical for osteoclasts to perform their role in bone remodeling. Once it has differentiated, an osteoclast may proliferate or become activated, although the key events involved in these processes are still unclear.

This special issue will focus on new insights into the signaling pathways that lead to osteoclast differentiation, proliferation, and activation. Identification of new genes and proteins, as well as a better understanding of the established signaling pathways, is crucial for defining the role of osteoclasts in bone resorption and for developing novel treatments against diseases such as osteoporosis. Articles describing the local environment that influences osteoclast differentiation and function are also of interest.

Assoc. Prof. Anja Nohe

Guest Editor

bone resorption
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