ABSTRACT: Osteoclasts are primary cells for physiological and pathological bone resorption, and receptor activator of nuclear factor-kappaB ligand (RANKL) is critically involved in the differentiation, activation, and survival of these cells. Recently, therapeutics for pathological bone destruction targeting RANKL pathways has attracted a great deal of attention. Herein, we review the recent advances in the research on osteoclast biology and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of anti-RANKL therapies.
Immunological Reviews 01/2006; 208:30-49. · 11.15 Impact Factor