Current Osteoporosis Reports

, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp 67–72 | Cite as

Novel osteoclast signaling mechanisms

  • Masahiro Shinohara
  • Hiroshi TakayanagiEmail author


Osteoclasts are cells of monocyte/macrophage origin that degrade bone matrix. Receptor activator of NF-κB ligand (RANKL) induces osteoclast differentiation in the presence of macrophage colony-stimulating factor. RANKL activates the tumor necrosis factor receptor-associated factor 6, c-Fos, and calcium signaling pathways, all of which are indispensable for the induction and activation of nuclear factor of activated T cells (NFAT) c1. NFATc1 is the master transcription factor for osteoclast differentiation, which regulates many osteoclast-specific genes. Multiple immunoglobulin-like receptors associated with immunoreceptor tyrosine-based activation motif (ITAM)-harboring adapters, Fc receptor common γ subunit (FcRγ), and DNAX-activating protein (DAP) 12 mediate costimulatory signals for RANK, which activate calcium signaling through phospholipase Cγ (PLCγ). In addition to calcineurin-NFATc1, calcium signaling activates the CaMK-CREB (calcium/calmodulin activated kinase-cyclic AMP-response element binding protein) pathway, which also plays a critical role in osteoclastogenesis. This review summarizes recent advances in the study of signaling mechanisms of osteoclast differentiation.


Osteoclast Differentiation Osteopetrosis Costimulatory Signal Osteoclast Precursor Cell NFATc1 Expression 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Cell Signaling, Graduate SchoolTokyo Medical and Dental University and COE Program for Frontier Research on Molecular Destruction and Reconstruction of Tooth and BoneTokyoJapan

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