The osteocyte processes emrging fron the mineral-facing side are mainly involved in matrix formation and mineralization, while those of the vascular-facing side have a trophical function and probably also modulate the activity of the adjacent osteoblasts.
Early stages of osteocyte differentiation: a three-dimensional ultrastructural study / Palumbo, Carla; Zaffe, Davide; Palazzini, S.; Marotti, Gastone. - In: CALCIFIED TISSUE INTERNATIONAL. - ISSN 0171-967X. - STAMPA. - 41 (Suppl. 2):(1987), pp. 68-68. (Intervento presentato al convegno XXth European Symposium on Calcified Tissues tenutosi a Sirmione (VR) nel 4-8 Ottobre).