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A large multinuclear cell associated with bone resorption.
A large surgical apparatus through which leverage can be exerted to effect osteoclasis.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



a cell that is involved in the destruction and resorption of bone tissue in vertebrate animals and man. An osteoclast contains from three to several dozen nuclei and a great many lysosomes, whose hydrolytic enzymes upon release from the osteoclasts resorb the mineral matrix of bone and calcified cartilage.

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Thus, the activation of osteoclasts is triggered by the balance between RANKL and OPG (12-13).
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Since circulating monocytes have two fates, either apoptosis or differentiation, they suggested that decreasing apoptosis is a mechanism for increasing monocyte survival and thus migration and differentiation into osteoclasts [35].
However, some studies demonstrated that B cells and plasma cells in the bone microenvironment are significant sources of OPG [50-52], which is a neutralizing soluble decoy receptor that competes with RANKL, thus blocking the binding of RANKL and RANK, which eliminates the effect of RANKL on osteoclasts [53].
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It accomplished this by stimulating the proliferation of primitive bone marrow stem cells and their maturation into osteoblasts rather than other cells, such as bone-resorbing osteoclasts.
In bone tissue, PTH increases osteoclast formation and bone resorption by regulating the receptor activator of nuclear factor kappa B ligant (RANKL)/osteoprotegerin (OPG) expressed in osteoblasts.
The differentiated osteoclasts cause bone resorption by dissolving inorganic calcium hydroxyapatite in acidic conditions and organic bone matrix by MMPs and cathepsin K [23-25].
For inducing RAW264.7 cell fusion and differentiation into mature multinucleated cells (MNC) or osteoclasts, we cultured cells for 6 days in 35 ng/ml RANKL and stained them for detection of the marker protein tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase (TRAP) (Sigma-Aldrich, St.
AL is initiated by local inflammatory response to implant-derived wear particles that activate and recruit macrophages and osteoclasts, thereby leading to fibrous tissue interface and periprosthetic bone resorption.