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Cellular structure of bone

Created by Tracy Kim Kovach.

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  • duskpin ultimate style avatar for user 🚀The knowledge Hunter🔭
    What is difference between Bone and Cartilage ?
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    • purple pi purple style avatar for user Tara LaMonte
      The difference between bone and cartilage is that cartilage is a semi-rigid connective tissue whereas bone is composed of osseous tissue. Further, their functions are different. Bones play a greater role in endocrine and circulatory system of the body. Another little nifty tidbit. Your nose and ears are made up of cartilage and they both continue to grow (ever so slightly) throughout your lifetime. The bones in the human body do not do the same.
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    So Osteoprogenitors become Osteoblast which become Osteocytes. They do not become Ostoclasts? Osteoclasts derived from moncytes - what are these? And where do Osteoprogenitors come from?
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    She says that osteoclasts break down bone so shouldn't we just get rid of them or like what purpose do they serve?
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    why does the oestoclast help in breaking down of a bone
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    If the lacunae are empty spaces, how can they at the same time be occupied by osteocytes?
    What is it that I am missing here...
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  • aqualine seed style avatar for user shevar mitchell
    It didn't specify where monocytes came from? Can someone please clarify.
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    • leaf green style avatar for user Joanne
      This video is going through the types of cells in bone, talking about osteoblasts, osteoprogenitor cells, etc. In a similar way, blood cells differentiate from a stem cell named a hemocytoblast. When you think about it, hemocytoblast s and osteoprogenitor cells were differentiated from mesenchymal cells, the stem cells of connective tissue. And those connective tissue cells differentiated from the first germ layer cells in the embryo, the mesoderm, (which becomes connective tissue), endoderm and ectoderm. And those different cell layers formed as the single cell we once were divided and differentiated, the zygote. One cell divides and differentiates into more than 7 billion.
      Isn't life amazing!
      The Wikipedia article has a nice graphic on blood cells.
      https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_cell
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    how many bones are in your body?
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    why bone heals faster than cartilage??
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    • leaf blue style avatar for user dysmnemonic
      Bone is living tissue with a good blood supply. Bone has active cells that work all the time to manage calcium levels in the blood, and to remodel the bony tissue to suit the stresses placed on them. This constant action of remodelling the bones means that they're always ready to start working on fixing a fracture, if the bone is in the right place and it's kept nice and still.

      Cartilage has less cells, isn't as active, and doesn't have as much blood supply. This makes it harder for cartilage to repair itself because it has less access to oxygen and nutrients, and because there's less cells available to do the work.
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    If osteoblasts continuously build up hydroxyapitite, how does our body remove it since it is known to cause osteoporosis in mice and weakens our joints?
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    When are osteoblasts, osteoclasts, and chondrocytes most active in their lifetime? At he talks about osteoblasts, but does not discuss the activity.
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Video transcript

- [Instructor] Okay, so now now let's talk about the cellular structure of bone. You can think of bone as being mostly made up of the bone matrix and then the cells that actually help to form this bony matrix. Now the majority of bone is made up of the bone matrix, which consists of two principle building blocks. The first of which is called osteoid and this forms the organic portion of the matrix, and then you have something called hydroxyapatite which forms the inorganic portion of the bone matrix. So first lets talk about the organic portion of the bone matrix. The organic portion of the bone matrix is made up of, like I said, osteoid, which consists of a soft but highly ordered structure of proteins and then collagen, specifically Type I collagen. So together, the orientation of these highly organized collagen fibers along with the proteins helps to give bone it's tensile strength. So what does tensile strength really mean? If you think about a really hard piece of rubber, like a rubber eraser for example, I kind of think of tensile strength as being similar to the way that piece of rubber gives ever so slightly if you were to push on it but it still holds its shape. And so that's what you can think of as bone's tensile strength. Now for the inorganic portion of bone. The inorganic portion of bone is made up of hydroxyapatite. And I'll draw it's chemical formula here. It is calcium along with phosphate and water. So basically all hydroxyapatite is is calcium phosphate crystals. And these calcium phosphate crystals are the mineral portion of bone that gives bone it's rigid strength and density. So now you have a better understanding of the osteoid or organic portion of the bone matrix and hydroxyapatite which make up the inorganic portion of the bone matrix. So now lets talk about the cells that are actually responsible for making up this bony matrix. There are four different types of cells to be familiar with in bone. And the first group are the osteoprogenitor cells. Next we have what are called osteoblasts. Then there are the osteocytes, and finally we have the osteoclasts. And so you can see they all share the same root, osteo, meaning bone. So lets make a little bit more room here and talk about each of these cells one by one and what they do. So first up we have the osteoprogenitor cells. These cells are basically just the precursor to osteoblasts. So basically they're just an immature version of osteoblasts and they differentiate into osteoblasts under the influence of various growth factors. So that brings us up to osteoblasts. Now osteoblasts are the cells that are responsible for synthesizing both collagen and proteins, specifically a couple of proteins called osteocalcin and osteopontin, and together these make up osteoid. Osteoblasts are also responsible for producing alkaline phosphatase, which is the enzyme that is responsible for forming hydroxyapatite, or the mineral portion of bone. Once osteoblasts have synthesized enough collagen and proteins and alkaline phosphatase to form the organic and inorganic portion of the bony matrix around them and they're finally surrounded by all of this they mature into the osteocyte. So the mature version of an osteoblast once it's all done synthesizing the bony matrix, becomes an osteocyte. So that brings us to osteocytes. Now the spaces that osteocytes occupy within bone are called lacunae. And the term lacunae really just refers to an empty space within bone. So under a microscope, these spaces look, to me, like little lakes. And so that's how I remember what lacunae are, they are little lakes, or absences, empty spaces within bone. And these osteocytes have little arms or branches that reach out to communicate with other osteocytes or osteoblasts, which kind of gives them this star-like appearance. And these little branches are like sensors that pick up new information, send out signals, basically allowing osteocytes to communicate with other cells that help to maintain bone. And then the final cell type is the osteoclast. Now osteoclast are derived from a cell line called monocytes. And they are responsible for bone resorption. So basically they break bone back down again and they do this with an enzyme called tartrate resistant acid phosphatase. So osteoblasts help build up bone with an enzyme alkaline phosphatase, and then osteoclasts help to break that bone back down again with an enzyme tartrate resistant acid phosphatase. So bone is basically constantly being remodeled. Built up by osteoblasts and broken down again by osteoclasts. And an easy way to keep this straight is to think that osteoblasts, the b in blasts is for building bone and then osteoclast, the c in osteoclasts, is for crashing bone down. So osteoblasts build up bone, osteoclast break it back down again. Now as osteoclasts are resorbing bone, they start to form little empty spaces in bone. And wait, what are empty spaces in bone called? They're called lacunae. And so just like osteocytes occupy lacunae, osteoclasts occupy special kind of lacunae called Howship's lacunae, which are just the little resorption pits formed by osteoclasts as they break down the bone surrounding them.