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Fundamentals of Osteoporosis

Fundamentals of Osteoporosis offers a concise yet comprehensive source of all the latest basic research related to osteoporosis in one reference work. Experts from all areas of osteoporosis research expose readers to genomic and proteomic analysis, and histopathology and imaging, as well cellular and molecular mechanisms relevant to assay development and drug discovery.


Academic, medical, and pharmaceutical researchers in bone biology, endocrinology, and rheumatology; Medical researchers in pediatrics, internal medicine, orthopedics, primary care, geriatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, oncology, and nephrology.

Hardbound, 552 Pages

Published: August 2009

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-375098-3


  • "This volume covers a comprehensive series of topics from structural parameters of bone to development of the skeleton, differentiation of the bone cell lineages, bone matrix and its mineralization, and the multiple kinds and levels of regulation that influence all of these. Well-covered are what I will call intrinsic regulators, e.g. the specific cells and their genes, transcription factors, matrix components, receptors, and extrinsic - even if locally produced - regulators, e.g. cytokines, hormones, growth factors, mechanical forces and the often complex regulatory networks that result and control development, growth and aging of bone and its turnover in health and disease.

    There is something for expert and novice alike in this volume, and the chapters overall deal well with and make quite accessible the explosion of information that has occurred in all areas of bone biology. Beyond a couple of chapters that deal explicitly with important fundamental concepts and issues related to defining what osteoporosis or osteoporotic bone is, many of the others address how advances in basic bone biology have contributed to the understanding of osteoporosis and other bone diseases and have pointed towards new therapeutics.

    The chapters appropriately and clearly identify gaps and directions for new research and almost all are nicely sprinkled with helpful tables, graphs, photomicrographs or other images, and summary schematics. This book provides authoritative and comprehensive coverage of most of the main current topics in bone biology."

    --Jane E. Aubin, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Canada


  • 1) The Bone Organ System: Form and Function
    Elise F. Morgan, George L. Barnes, and Thomas A. Einhorn

    2) The Nature of Osteoporosis
    Robert Marcus and Mary L. Bouxsein

    3) Skeletal Heterogeneity and the Purposes of Bone Remodeling
    A.M. Parfitt

    4) Osteoblast Biology
    Jane B. Lian and Gary S. Stein

    5) Osteoclast Biology
    Harry C. Blair, Scott Simonet, David L. Lacey, and Mone Zaidi

    6) Osteocytes
    Lynda F. Bonewald

    7) The Regulatory Role of Matrix Proteins in Mineralization of Bone
    Wei Zhu, Pamela G. Robey, and Adele L. Boskey

    8) Development of the Skeleton
    Sylvain Provot, Ernestina Schipani, Joy Wu, and Henry Kronenberg

    9) Mouse Genetics as a Tool to Study Bone Development and Physiology
    Clifford J. Rosen and Wesley G. Beamer

    10) Parathyroid Hormone and Parathyroid Hormone-Related Protein
    Robert A. Nissenson

    11) Vitamin D: Biology, Action, and Clinical Implications
    David Feldman, Peter J. Malloy, Aruna V. Krishnan, and Eva Balint

    12) Regulation of Bone Cell Function by Estrogens
    Barry S. Komm, Boris Cheskis, and Peter V.N. Bodine

    13) Androgens and Skeletal Biology: Basic Mechanisms
    Kristine M. Wiren

    14) Phosphatonins
    Peter J. Tebben, Theresa J. Berndt, and Rajiv Kumar

    15) Wnt Signaling in Bone
    Mark L. Johnson and Robert R. Recker

    16) Cytokines and Bone Remodeling
    Gregory R. Mundy, Babatunde Oyajobi, Gloria Gutierez, Julie Sterling, Susan Padalecki, Florent Elefterious, and Ming Zhao

    17) Skeletal Growth Factors
    Ernesto Canalis

    18) Intercellular Communication during Bone Remodeling
    T. John Martin, Gideon A. Roda


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