Muscles and Bones in Cahoots Released April 27, 2010
-- Recent evidence supports the notion that bones and muscles are more interconnected than previously thought. Bones and muscles can release signals that directly affect one another’s function or disease state. Even more remarkable is that these systems seem to produce secreting factors that communicate to distant parts of the body. A collaborative group observed that mutations or defects in specific genes important for muscle function, also created changes in bones. The findings could have implications for the treatment of osteoporosis and other disorders associated with aging.