Boning Up on Ephrin Signaling

Cell. 2006 Aug 11;126(3):441-3. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2006.07.015.

Abstract

The activities of osteoclasts, which degrade bone, and osteoblasts, which form bone, are coordinated to maintain bone homeostasis. Zhao et al. (2006) now demonstrate bidirectional signaling between these two cell populations via the transmembrane ligand ephrinB2 expressed by osteoclasts and its receptor EphB4 expressed by osteoblasts. Such bidirectional signaling limits osteoclast activity while stimulating osteoblast differentiation.

Publication types

  • Comment
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Bone Remodeling / physiology
  • Bone and Bones / cytology
  • Bone and Bones / metabolism*
  • Cell Communication / physiology
  • Cell Differentiation / physiology
  • Ephrin-B2 / metabolism*
  • Homeostasis / physiology
  • Humans
  • Osteoblasts / cytology
  • Osteoblasts / metabolism*
  • Osteoclasts / cytology
  • Osteoclasts / metabolism*
  • Osteogenesis / physiology
  • Receptor, EphB4 / metabolism*
  • Signal Transduction / physiology

Substances

  • Ephrin-B2
  • Receptor, EphB4