Journal article

Expression of tenascin-C in bones responding to mechanical load

CMB Webb, G Zaman, JR Mosley, RP Tucker, LE Lanyon, EJ Mackie

Journal of Bone and Mineral Research | WILEY | Published : 1997

Abstract

A number of early biochemical responses of bone cells to mechanical loading have been identified, but the full sequence of events from the sensing of strain to the formation of new bone is poorly characterized. Extracellular matrix proteins can modulate cell behavior and would be ideal molecules to amplify the early response to loading. The extracellular matrix protein, tenascin-C, supports differentiation of cultured osteoblast-like cells. The current study was carried out to investigate whether expression patterns of tenascin-C in loaded bones support a role for this protein as a mediator of the osteoregulatory response to loading. Tenascin-C expression was investigated by Northern blot an..

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