Sequential analysis of gene expression after an osteogenic stimulus: c-fos expression is induced in osteocytes.

We have recently developed an experimental model whereby mechanical stimulation induces osteogenesis in the caudal vertebrae of rats. We used this model to assess expression of genes induced by mechanical loading. Bulk preparations of mRNA extracted after loading did not show > 2-fold increases in expression of mRNA for matrix proteins or growth factors in… (More)