Bone microenvironment signals in osteosarcoma development

Cell Mol Life Sci. 2015 Aug;72(16):3097-113. doi: 10.1007/s00018-015-1918-y. Epub 2015 May 3.


The bone is a complex connective tissue composed of many different cell types such as osteoblasts, osteoclasts, chondrocytes, mesenchymal stem/progenitor cells, hematopoietic cells and endothelial cells, among others. The interaction between them is finely balanced through the processes of bone formation and bone remodeling, which regulates the production and biological activity of many soluble factors and extracellular matrix components needed to maintain the bone homeostasis in terms of cell proliferation, differentiation and apoptosis. Osteosarcoma (OS) emerges in this complex environment as a result of poorly defined oncogenic events arising in osteogenic lineage precursors. Increasing evidence supports that similar to normal development, the bone microenvironment (BME) underlies OS initiation and progression. Here, we recapitulate the physiological processes that regulate bone homeostasis and review the current knowledge about how OS cells and BME communicate and interact, describing how these interactions affect OS cell growth, metastasis, cancer stem cell fate and therapy outcome.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bone and Bones / physiology*
  • Cellular Microenvironment / physiology*
  • Homeostasis / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Models, Biological*
  • Neoplasm Metastasis / physiopathology*
  • Osteosarcoma / physiopathology*
  • Signal Transduction* / physiology