Considering the pivotal role as bone mechanosensors ascribed to osteocytes in bone adaptation to mechanical strains, the present study analyzed whether a correlation exists between osteocyte apoptosis and bone remodeling in peculiar bones, such as human auditory ossicles and scleral ossicles of lower vertebrates, which have been shown to undergo substantial osteocyte death and trivial or no bone turnover after cessation of growth. The investigation was performed with a morphological approach under LM (by means of an in situ end-labeling technique) and TEM. The results show that a large amount of osteocyte apoptosis takes place in both auditory and scleral ossicles after they reach their final size. Additionally, no morphological signs of bone remodeling were observed. These facts suggest that (1) bone remodeling is not necessarily triggered by osteocyte death, at least in these ossicles, and (2) bone remodeling does not need to mechanically adapt auditory and scleral ossicles since they appear to be continuously submitted to stereotyped stresses and strains; on the contrary, during the resorption phase, bone remodeling might severely impair the mechanical resistance of extremely small bony segments. Thus, osteocyte apoptosis could represent a programmed process devoted to make stable, when needed, bone structure and mechanical resistance.
|Data di pubblicazione:||2012|
|Titolo:||Osteocyte apoptosis and absence of bone remodeling in human auditory ossicles and scleral ossicles of lower vertebrates: a mere coincidence or linked processes?|
|Autore/i:||C. Palumbo; F. Cavani; P. Sena; M. Benincasa; M. Ferretti|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1007/s00223-012-9569-6|
|Codice identificativo ISI:||WOS:000301796200006|
|Codice identificativo Scopus:||2-s2.0-84868306331|
|Codice identificativo Pubmed:||22290503|
|Citazione:||Osteocyte apoptosis and absence of bone remodeling in human auditory ossicles and scleral ossicles of lower vertebrates: a mere coincidence or linked processes? / C. Palumbo; F. Cavani; P. Sena; M. Benincasa; M. Ferretti. - In: CALCIFIED TISSUE INTERNATIONAL. - ISSN 0171-967X. - ELETTRONICO. - 90 (3)(2012), pp. 211-218.|
|Tipologia||Articolo su rivista|
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