Researchers Discover Protein That Appears To Regulate Bone Mass Loss, The Cause Of Osteoporosis

Mon, 05 Mar 2007 10:00 AM EST

... An estimated ten million Americans suffer from osteoporosis, and another 34 million Americans are at risk of developing the disease. The basic mechanism behind osteoporosis involves an imbalance between bone mineral formation and loss, but the detailed biological processes that lead to this imbalance are not completely understood. Now researchers at NIAID and colleagues are reporting new insights into the biology of bone loss based on a study of 14 people with a rare genetic disorder called X-linked Hyper IgM Syndrome. ...