Regulation of mineralisation in bone and vascular tissue: a comparative review

in Journal of Endocrinology
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  • 1 L Bourne, Comparative Biomedical Sciences, The Royal Veterinary College, London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • 2 C Wheeler-Jones, Comparative Biomedical Sciences, The Royal Veterinary College, London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • 3 I Orriss, Comparative Biomedical Sciences, The Royal Veterinary College, London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Correspondence: Isabel Orriss, Email: iorriss@rvc.ac.uk

Biomineralisation, the deposition of mineral onto a matrix, can be both a physiological and pathological process. Bone formation involves the secretion of an extracellular matrix (ECM) by osteoblasts and subsequent mineralisation of that matrix. It is regulated by a number of local and systemic factors and is necessary for maintenance of normal bone health. Conversely, mineralisation (or calcification) of soft tissues, including the vasculature, is detrimental to that tissue, leading to diseases such as arterial medial calcification (AMC). The mechanisms underlying AMC development are not fully defined, though it is thought that vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) drive this complex, cell-mediated process. Similarly, AMC is regulated by a variety of enzymes and molecules, many of which have already been implicated in the regulation of bone mineralisation. This review will provide an overview of the similar, and sometimes opposing effects of these signalling molecules on the regulation of bone mineralisation and AMC.

 

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