Mechanosensitive miRNAs and bone formation

Zhihao Chen, Yan Zhang, Chao LIANG, Lei Chen, Ge ZHANG*, Airong Qian

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Mechanical stimuli are required for the maintenance of skeletal integrity and bone mass. An increasing amount of evidence indicates that multiple regulators (e.g., hormone, cytoskeleton proteins and signaling pathways) are involved in the mechanical stimuli modulating the activities of osteogenic cells and the process of bone formation. Significantly, recent studies have showed that several microRNAs (miRNAs) were sensitive to various mechanical stimuli and played a crucial role in osteogenic differentiation and bone formation. However, the functional roles and further mechanisms of mechanosensitive miRNAs in bone formation are not yet completely understood. This review highlights the roles of mechanosensitive miRNAs in osteogenic differentiation and bone formation and underlines their potential therapeutic application for bone loss induced by the altering of mechanical stimuli.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1684
JournalInternational Journal of Molecular Sciences
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2 Aug 2017

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Catalysis
  • Molecular Biology
  • Spectroscopy
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry

User-Defined Keywords

  • Bone formation
  • Mechanical stimuli
  • Mechanosensitive miRNAs
  • Osteogenic differentiation


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