Interaction between osteoblast and osteoclast : impact in bone disease

Tony Phan, Jiake Xu, Ming Zheng

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The intercellular communication between osteoblasts and osteoclasts is crucial to bone homeostasis. Since Rodan and Martin proposed the control of osteoclasts by osteoblasts in the 1980s, many factors have been isolated from osteoblasts and shown to regulate the differentiation and function of osteoclasts. However, the mechanism by which osteoblasts regulate osteoclasts during bone remodelling is still unclear. On the other hand, it is well accepted that many metabolic bone diseases are associated with the disruption of the communication between osteoblast and osteoclasts. Thus, this review focuses on the cross-talk between osteoblasts and osteoclasts and its impact in bone disease.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1325-1244
JournalHistology and Histopathology: cellular and molecular biology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2004


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