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Histol Histopathol. 2001 Apr;16(2):603-11.

Cell adhesion molecules in human osteoblasts: structure and function.

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  • 1Department of Oral Pathology, Eastman Dental Institute, University College London, UK. j.bennett@eastman.ucl.ac.uk


Osteoblasts and bone lining cells form a near continuous layer covering the bone surface and interactions between these cells and the organic matrix of bone are important determinants of osteoblast proliferation and differentiation. In addition, cells of the osteoblast-lineage form functional communications with each other, with the extra-cellular matrix and with osteocytes through cytoplasmic processes extending through canaliculi in the bone. Together, these cells form a network of putative importance in the regulation of skeletal homeostasis. Cell-cell and cell-matrix interactions are mediated by members of several families of cell adhesion molecules, and knowledge of their interactions will be of fundamental importance in understanding the role of osteoblast in skeletal turnover. Here, the expression pattern of members of the major families of cell adhesion molecules by cells of the osteoblast lineage is reviewed. Special emphasis has been placed on human tissues. In addition, the possibility that cells at progressive stages of the osteoblast lineage have different profiles of cell adhesion molecule expression is explored, and the putative significance of cell-matrix interactions in human skeletal disease briefly discussed.

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