Journal article

Coupling signals between the osteoclast and osteoblast how are messages transmitted between these temporary visitors to the bone surface?

Natalie A Sims, T John Martin

FRONTIERS IN ENDOCRINOLOGY | FRONTIERS MEDIA SA | Published : 2015

Abstract

Skeletal mass is regulated by two key activities: bone removal (resorption) by hematopoietic lineage osteoclasts and bone matrix formation by mesenchymal lineage osteoblasts. During adult life, these activities occur sequentially on the same surface: a process termed as remodeling. Tiny packets of bone are removed by osteoclasts and replaced by new bone matrix produced by osteoblasts. This continual renewal process allows repair of mechanical imperfections and calcium homeostasis.