Genotype and Phenotype Characterisation Human Circulating Osteo-Progenitor (COP) Cells

Research Opportunity
PhD students, Masters by Research
Department / Centre
Western Health
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Professor Gustavo Duque Personal web page

Summary COP (circulating osteogenic progenitor cells) is a term referring to circulating bone marrow-derived progenitor stem cells, which are able to participate in bone formation such as bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) and endothelial progenitor cells (EPC). The origin and function of COP cells remain unknown. However, some studies have reported that COP cells are recruited from bone marrow and perivascular niche to fracture sites in order to enhance healing.

Project Details

COP cell levels have been reported to be associated with postmenopausal-osteoporotic state and heterotopic calcification or bone formation states. A low bone mineral density (BMD) in postmenopausal women seems to have an inverse relationship with COP cell levels.Low percentage of COP cells has been also associated with disability and frailty in older persons. However, the genetic and biological phenotype of COP cells has not been fully characterised. This project will use genetic and molecular techniques to fully characterise COP cells from young and older individuals. Results of this project will allow us to determine whether COP cells could be a useful approach as a biomarker and/or treatment to musculoskeletal diseases and frailty.

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PhD students, Masters by Research
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Western Health

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