PerspectiveBone Regeneration

The Wnt Signaling Pathway as a Potential Target for Therapies to Enhance Bone Repair

Science Translational Medicine  28 Jul 2010:
Vol. 2, Issue 42, pp. 42ps36
DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.3001149

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Abstract

The development of new technologies to enhance skeletal healing after fracture or surgery is an important goal of musculoskeletal regenerative medicine. Although the bone morphogenetic proteins have shown some efficacy in this area, there is a need for more effective and less expensive therapies for bone repair and regeneration. A recent report demonstrating that Wnt signaling could be used to stimulate bone healing may provide a new direction for designing anabolic therapies for the skeleton. The identification of human phenotypes demonstrating robust bone formation as a result of mutations in Wnt signaling provides a strong basis for pursuing this area of investigation.

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  • Citation: T. A. Einhorn, The Wnt signaling pathway as a potential target for therapies to enhance bone repair. Sci. Transl. Med. 2, 42ps36 (2010).

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