An O-Glycosylation of Fibronectin Mediates Hepatic Osteodystrophy Through α4β1 Integrin.

Patients with cholestatic liver disease experience increased fracture risk. Higher circulating levels of a fibronectin isoform called oncofetal fibronectin (oFN) were detected in a subset of such patients. Administering this isoform to mice suppresses osteoblast differentiation and diminishes bone mineral density in vivo, suggesting it is responsible for… CONTINUE READING