The osteoclast (OC) is the resorptive cell of the skeleton responsible for both normal homeostasis and pathological bone loss. NF-κB is a critical signal for OC differentiation downstream of RANKL, and its global disruption protects mice from pathological bone loss. Differently from other TNF family members, RANKL activates both the classical NF-κB pathway, activating both p65 and cRel, and the alternative pathway, inducing expression and activation of RelB. In order to determine whether the classical and alternative NF-κB pathways have distinct roles in OC differentiation, we examined mice lacking p65, RelB, or cRel.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in TNF Family Research
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 12th International TNF Conference, 2009
EditorsDavid Wallach, Andrew Kovalenko, Marc Feldmann
Number of pages5
StatePublished - 2011

Publication series

NameAdvances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
ISSN (Print)0065-2598


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