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FSH versus estrogen: who's guilty of breaking bones?

Authors
  • Baron, Roland
Type
Published Article
Journal
Cell Metabolism
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
May 01, 2006
Volume
3
Issue
5
Pages
302–305
Identifiers
PMID: 16679287
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Bone loss after menopause or gonadectomy has been attributed to the drop in estrogen levels. A recent paper (Sun et al, 2006) challenges this view by showing that the pituitary hormone FSH, previously thought to target only the gonads, also acts on osteoclasts to activate bone resorption. In conjunction with genetic studies, these data raise the possibility that FSH, independent of estrogen, causes hypogonadal bone loss.

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