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A bone cell.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



the bone cell in vertebrate animals and man. Osteocytes are formed from osteoblasts in the development of bony tissue. They consist of cell bodies, which are embedded in the cavities of the intercellular substance of bone, while their long outgrowths are located in channels that extend from the cavities.

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In comparison, the ER group had a less dense and irregular cortical bone, as there were enlarged lacunae with regular osteocytes in its interior.
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Researches in mice have reported the activation of FXIII-A gene in osteocytes of long bones (femur) and flat bones (calvaria and mandible).
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Osteocytes are mature bone cells derived from osteoblasts that are actively involved in local bone turnover, through mechanosensory mechanisms.
Using transmission electron microscopy, the various stages of bone formation, from osteoid deposition by osteoblasts (Ob) to the morphological transformation of osteoblasts into osteocytes (Ot) simultaneous with the initiation and progression of mineralisation, could be observed adjacent to the Ep implant surface (Figure 5).
Osteonecrosis (ON), which involves the physiological remodeling of bone tissues [1], is thought to be caused by interruptions in blood flow, a decline in the function/number of osteoprogenitor cells, and apoptosis of the osteocytes [2-10].
These nodules are formed by the deposition of lamellar bone and are characterized by osteocytes in the core and osteoclasts around the periphery [2].