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Medicine - Rheumatology | Bone and Osteoarthritis

Bone and Osteoarthritis

Series: Topics in Bone Biology, Vol. 4

Bronner, Felix, Farach-Carson, Mary C. (Eds.)

2007

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  • Offers a unique combination of information on the relationship of bone to the development of osteoarthritis
  • Covers the pathophysiology of joints
  • Updates current knowledge of signaling molecules, mechanisms of cartilage destruction, the role of bone in osteoarthritis and more
  • Offers insights into anabolic mediators of cartilage healing, novel therapeutics and pathogenesis of osteoarthritis

Bone and Osteoarthritis places emphasis on the molecular and cellular events that lead to osteoarthritis, stressing the role of subchondral bone, which distinguishes this from other books on the disease.

A novel aspect is the attention given to the possible epigenetic basis, together with a discussion of the genetics predisposing to osteoarthritis.

Detailed analyses are given of the role of the synovium, of the molecular mechanisms that lead to degradation of the cartilage matrix, of the hypertrophy of the cartilage cell, of the anabolic and catabolic roles of cytokines, may lead to novel approaches to clinical treatment, utilizing anabolic mediators or molecules that target steps in the disease process. Also discussed are animal models and how mechano-responsiveness is compromised by mechanical injury.

Orthopedics and rheumatology have become close conceptually, as advances in bone and joint biology have enabled bench and translational scientists, as well as practitioners, to approach clinical problems comprehensively. Because bone plays a role in initiating osteoarthritis, therapeutic approaches focusing on bone tissue are included in the discussion of novel treatments. The general topic of osteoarthritis is therefore a timely subject for a series on bone biology.

This book, intended for clinicians, researchers and students, provides information that will orient the novice and update the specialist. No other book treats the relationship of bone to osteoarthritis in similar fashion or provides a comparable underpinning of joint pathophysiology.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Arthritis - Osteoarthritis - biomechanics - bone - cartilage - geriatrics - oncology - pathophysiology - physiology

Related subjects » Family & Geriatric Medicine - Human Physiology - Internal Medicine - Orthopedics - Pediatrics - Rheumatology

Table of contents 

The Pathogenesis of Osteoarthritis.- The Role of Bone in the Development of Osteoarthritis.- Cytokines, Growth Factors, and Bone-Derived Factors in Cartilage.- The Synovium and Its Role in Osteoarthritis.- Cartilage Matrix Destruction.- Anabolic Mediators of Cartilage Healing.- Chondrocyte Hypertrophy and Apoptosis at the Cartilage-Bone Interface.- Genetic and Epigenetic Aspects of Osteoarthritis.- Animal Models.- Biomechanical Aspects: Joint Injury and Osteoarthritis.- Novel Osteoarthritis Therapeutics.

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