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Discovery of a periosteal stem cell mediating intramembranous bone formation

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Discovery of a periosteal stem cell mediating intramembranous bone formation
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Nature, September 2018
DOI 10.1038/s41586-018-0554-8
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Shawon Debnath, Alisha R. Yallowitz, Jason McCormick, Sarfaraz Lalani, Tuo Zhang, Ren Xu, Na Li, Yifang Liu, Yeon Suk Yang, Mark Eiseman, Jae-Hyuck Shim, Meera Hameed, John H. Healey, Mathias P. Bostrom, Dan Avi Landau, Matthew B. Greenblatt


Bone consists of separate inner endosteal and outer periosteal compartments, each with distinct contributions to bone physiology and each maintaining separate pools of cells owing to physical separation by the bone cortex. The skeletal stem cell that gives rise to endosteal osteoblasts has been extensively studied; however, the identity of periosteal stem cells remains unclear1-5. Here we identify a periosteal stem cell (PSC) that is present in the long bones and calvarium of mice, displays clonal multipotency and self-renewal, and sits at the apex of a differentiation hierarchy. Single-cell and bulk transcriptional profiling show that PSCs display transcriptional signatures that are distinct from those of other skeletal stem cells and mature mesenchymal cells. Whereas other skeletal stem cells form bone via an initial cartilage template using the endochondral pathway4, PSCs form bone via a direct intramembranous route, providing a cellular basis for the divergence between intramembranous versus endochondral developmental pathways. However, there is plasticity in this division, as PSCs acquire endochondral bone formation capacity in response to injury. Genetic blockade of the ability of PSCs to give rise to bone-forming osteoblasts results in selective impairments in cortical bone architecture and defects in fracture healing. A cell analogous to mouse PSCs is present in the human periosteum, raising the possibility that PSCs are attractive targets for drug and cellular therapy for skeletal disorders. The identification of PSCs provides evidence that bone contains multiple pools of stem cells, each with distinct physiologic functions.

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Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 30 26%
Student > Ph. D. Student 24 21%
Unspecified 13 11%
Student > Bachelor 12 10%
Student > Master 11 9%
Other 27 23%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 31 26%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 26 22%
Medicine and Dentistry 25 21%
Unspecified 19 16%
Engineering 5 4%
Other 11 9%

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