Mechanisms of Bone Anabolism Regulated by Statins.

Bioscience Reports (Impact Factor: 2.64). 07/2012; 32(Pt 6). DOI: 10.1042/BSR20110118
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Osteoporosis is a common disease in the elderly population. The progress of this disease results in the reduction of bone mass and can increase the incidence of fractures. Drugs presently used clinically can block the aggravation of this disease. However, these drugs cannot increase the bone mass and may result in certain side effects. Statins, also known as 3-hydroxy-3-methyl-glutarylcoenzyme A (HMG-CoA) reductase inhibitors, are widely prescribed for cardiovascular disease for decades. Nonetheless, accumulating studies demonstrate that statins exert bone anabolic effect and may be helpful for the treatment of osteoporosis. Abundant of experiments have analyzed the mechanisms of bone anabolism regulated by statins. In the present paper, we review the mechanisms of promoting osteogenesis, suppressing osteoblast apoptosis and inhibiting osteoclastogenesis.

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