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The advent of high-throughput measurements of gene expression and bioinformatics analysis methods offers new ways to study gene expression patterns. The primary goal of this study was to determine the time sequence for gene expression in a bone subjected to mechanical loading during key periods of the bone-formation process, including expression of(More)
Bone cells are organized into an interconnected network, which extends from the osteocytes within bone to the osteoblasts and lining cells on the bone surfaces. There is experimental evidence suggesting that bone tissue exhibits basic properties of short- and long-term memory. An analogy might be made between the bone cell network and neuronal systems. For(More)
This study aimed to understand the role of Cav1.3, one of the four L-type voltage sensitive calcium channels (VSCC) alpha(1) subunits, in the skeletal response to mechanical loading and intermittent PTH treatment. The Cav1.3 mRNA is expressed in osteoblasts. The Cav1.3 mRNA level in male wild type mice is higher than those in female. Loss of Cav1.3 resulted(More)
INTRODUCTION A subpopulation (CD44+/CD24-) of breast cancer cells has been reported to have stem/progenitor cell properties. The aim of this study was to investigate whether this subpopulation of cancer cells has the unique ability to invade, home, and proliferate at sites of metastasis. METHODS CD44 and CD24 expression was determined by flow cytometry.(More)
Mechanotransduction plays a crucial role in the physiology of many tissues including bone. Mechanical loading can inhibit bone resorption and increase bone formation in vivo. In bone, the process of mechanotransduction can be divided into four distinct steps: (1) mechanocoupling, (2) biochemical coupling, (3) transmission of signal, and (4) effector cell(More)
In limb bone diaphyses, it is hypothesized that collagen and extra-fibrillar mineral are aligned differently in relatively simple loading conditions (e.g., habitual longitudinal compression) when compared to complex or potentially deleterious strain environments (e.g., habitual shear or tension). These putative differences in collagen/mineral organization(More)
Osteocytes, former osteoblasts buried within bone, are thought to orchestrate skeletal adaptation to mechanical stimuli. However, it remains unknown whether hormones control skeletal homeostasis through actions on osteocytes. Parathyroid hormone (PTH) stimulates bone remodeling and may cause bone loss or bone gain depending on the balance between bone(More)