How does PTHrP stimulate bone formation?

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Medicine and Radiology
St Vincent's Hospital
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A/Prof Natalie Sims Personal web page

Project Details

Parathyroid hormone related protein (PTHrP) is produced locally within bone, and stimulates bone formation. Even though it acts through the same receptor as parathyroid hormone (PTH), PTHrP has additional non-receptor mediated actions but these remain poorly described.

Our latest data indicates that PTHrP acting within osteocytes, the internal network of bone, stimulates bone formation and is needed for normal bone strength. Part of this action seems to occur by non-receptor mediated pathways. This project will identify those pathways and begin to explore how they regulate bone strength.

The project will use small animal techniques, histology and histomorphometry, micro-computed tomography, quantitative PCR, confocal microscopy, bone cell culture techniques, microarray and RNA-Seq methods and bioinformatics.

This project is conducted in St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research, Bone Cell Biology and Disease Unit.

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This research project is available to PhD students to join as part of their thesis.
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Medicine and Radiology

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St Vincent's Hospital