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Wnt signaling and bone regeneration: Can't have one without the other
- Leucht, Philipp, Lee, Sooyeon, Yim, Nury
- Biomaterials 2019 v.196 pp. 46-50
- homeostasis, signal transduction, stem cells, tissue repair
- Advances in the understanding of the complexities of the Wnt signaling pathway during development and tissue homeostasis have made the Wnt pathway one of the prime candidates for translational applications during tissue regeneration. Wnts are key components of the stem cell niche and are short range signaling molecules responsible for cellular decisions such as proliferation and differentiation. Systemic treatment using biologics targeting the Wnt signaling pathway have shown promising early results and will likely enter the clinical arena in the near future. This comprehensive review summarizes the intricacies how Wnts function in the context of the bone regeneration.