A light and scanning electron microscopic study of osteocyte activity in calcium-deficient rats

Calcif Tissue Int. 1990 Jan;46(1):33-7. doi: 10.1007/BF02555822.


The material herein is an extension of an earlier study of osteocyte lacunae in calcium-deficient rats, utilizing morphometric measurements in undecalcified bone sections and scanning electron microscopy. The results confirm our earlier finding that bone resorption resulting from a low-calcium diet is not accompanied by osteocytic resorption.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Anthraquinones
  • Calcium / deficiency*
  • Femur / ultrastructure
  • Male
  • Microscopy, Electron, Scanning
  • Microscopy, Ultraviolet
  • Osteocytes / ultrastructure*
  • Osteogenesis*
  • Rats
  • Rats, Inbred Strains
  • Tetracycline


  • Anthraquinones
  • alizarin
  • Tetracycline
  • Calcium