Max Delbruck Center Researchers Unravel Key Mechanism In Pathogenesis Of Osteoporosis
5/15/2009 8:13:58 AM
EurekAlert! -- Osteoporosis, or bone loss, is a disease that is most common in the elderly population, affecting women more often than men. Until now, it was not clear exactly how the disease develops. Researchers of the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) Berlin-Buch, Germany, have now elucidated a molecular mechanism which regulates the equilibrium between bone formation and bone resorption. Dr. Jeske J. Smink, Dr. Valérie Bégay, and Professor Achim Leutz were able to show that two different forms of a gene switch – a short isoform and a long isoform – determine this process. The MDC researchers hope these findings will lead to new therapies for this bone disease. (EMBO Journal)*.