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  • n. Plural form of osteocyte.


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  • Originally proposed as a system for delivering nutrients and removing waste products from bone cells called osteocytes, scientists now recognize fluid flow through this lacuno-canalicular network as providing bone tissue with important mechanical loading information.

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  • They had raised a tremendous clamor among young earth creationists late last March when they announced that they had recovered flexible tissues identifiable as blood vessels, blood cells, and osteocytes from a Tyrannosaur rex femur.

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  • Specifically, they distinguished a certain type of prostaglandin released from bone cells (osteocytes). - latest science and technology news stories

  • Feng JQ, Ward LM, Liu S, Lu Y, Xie Y, et al. (2006) Loss of DMP1 causes rickets and osteomalacia and identifies a role for osteocytes in mineral metabolism.

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  • Poole KE, van Bezooijen RL, Loveridge N, Hamersma H, Papapoulos SE, et al. (2005) Sclerostin is a delayed secreted product of osteocytes that inhibits bone formation.

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  • A second key regulator of bone formation in humans is the secreted protein SOST, which is specifically produced by osteocytes and acts as a negative regulator of osteblast activity

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  • "Maintenance of bone health depends on the osteocytes 'ability to sense the stimulation,"

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  • "We determined the mechanical stresses applied to the osteocytes in these experiments so that they can be compared to the mechanical signals predicted to occur within the skeleton during routine physical activities."

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  • MSC comprise a unique population of cells utilized for tissue maintenance and repair; their regenerative ability and multipotent capacity allow for their differentiation into osteocytes, adipocytes, chondrocytes, or myocytes.

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  • Question 20 If you were looking through a microscope at the tiny chambers where osteocytes are found you would be looking at: A. canaliculus B. osteons C. lacuna D. central canals E. the medullary cavity

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