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Science. 1994 Oct 21;266(5184):443-8.

c-Fos: a key regulator of osteoclast-macrophage lineage determination and bone remodeling.

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Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP), Vienna, Austria.


Mice lacking the proto-oncogene c-fos develop the bone disease osteopetrosis. Fos mutant mice were found to have a block in the differentiation of bone-resorbing osteoclasts that was intrinsic to hematopoietic cells. Bone marrow transplantation rescued the osteopetrosis, and ectopic c-fos expression overcame this differentiation block. The lack of Fos also caused a lineage shift between osteoclasts and macrophages that resulted in increased numbers of bone marrow macrophages. These results identify Fos as a key regulator of osteoclast-macrophage lineage determination in vivo and provide insights into the molecular mechanisms underlying metabolic bone diseases.

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