Calcified Tissue Research

, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp 81–85

Bone cell cilia: Vestigial or functional organelles?

  • Micheline Federman
  • George NicholsJr.
Short Communications

Abstract

Cilia have been observed protruding from osteocytes in fetal rat calvaria by electron microscopy, raising the possibility that they might be concerned with the movement of fluids through the canalicular system of dense bone and, therefore, with the transport of calcium and other ions into and out of the skeleton.

Key words

Cilia Osteocyte Calcium Homeostasis Bone 

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Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag 1974

Authors and Affiliations

  • Micheline Federman
    • 1
  • George NicholsJr.
    • 1
  1. 1.Cancer Research Institute, New England Deaconess Hospital and Departments of Anatomy and MedicineHarvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA

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