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Parathyroid Glands: Two pairs of small oval-shaped glands located in the front and the base of the Neck and adjacent to the two lobes of Thyroid gland. They secrete Parathyroid hormone that regulates the balance of Calcium; Phosphorus; and Magnesium in the body.

Bone Remodeling

JoVE 10866

Bone remodeling is a continuous and balanced process of bone resorption by osteoclasts and bone formation by osteoblasts. In adults, it helps maintain bone mass and calcium homeostasis. While mechanical stress can stimulate turnover as part of the normal maintenance and reparative process, several hormones also regulate bone remodeling.

Parathyroid hormone (PTH) maintains homeostatic control of blood calcium levels by regulating bone resorption. PTH is released from the parathyroid glands in response to low levels of calcium in the blood. It stimulates osteoblasts to produce immune molecules that promote the differentiation of precursor cells into osteoclasts. Activation of osteoclasts promotes bone resorption, causing the mineralized bone matrix to break down and release calcium into the blood. When blood calcium levels are restored, a negative-feedback loop prevents further release of PTH. Osteoporosis is a disease in which bone resorption exceeds bone formation, resulting in reduced bone density. Osteoporosis is more prevalent in women, especially after menopause. This is due to the critical role played by the female sex hormone—estrogen—in bone remodeling. Estrogen limits the formation of osteoclasts and promotes their destruction via apoptosis. This ensures that bone formation is higher than bone resorption. However, estrogen levels decli

 Core: Biology

Two Techniques to Create Hypoparathyroid Mice: Parathyroidectomy Using GFP Glands and Diphtheria-Toxin-Mediated Parathyroid Ablation

1Endocrine Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, 2West China School of Stomatology, Sichuan University, 3Department of Oral Medicine, Infection and Immunity, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, 4State Key Laboratory of Oral Diseases, West China Hospital of Stomatology, Sichuan University

JoVE 55010

 Medicine

Models of Bone Metastasis

1Department of Pharmacology, Vanderbilt University, 2Vanderbilt Center for Bone Biology, Vanderbilt University, 3Department of Veterans Affairs, Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (VISN 9), 4Department of Medicine, Division of Clinical Pharmacology, Vanderbilt University, 5Department of Cancer Biology, Vanderbilt University

JoVE 4260

 Medicine
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