Mechanism of cancer-induced bone destruction: An association of connective tissue growth factor (CTGF/CCN2) in the bone metastasis

Tsuyoshi Shimo, Akira Sasaki

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Connective tissue growth factor (CTGF/CCN2) is a member of the CCN family, a novel class of extracellular signal modulators. CCN2 is composed of four conserved modules connected in tandem, each of which is rich in cysteines and highly interactive with other molecules. CCN2 has various biological functions, being active in developmental processes including angiogenesis, chondrogenesis, and osteogenesis. Recently CCN2 has gained more clinical interest due to its role in cancer-induced bone destruction. In this article, the role of CCN2 in bone-destroying events as an organizer of the microenvironmental cell society is comprehensively described, and a brief summary of the recent findings on regulatory factors involved in tumor-induced bone disease is given.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-22
Number of pages10
JournalJapanese Dental Science Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2011



  • Bone destruction
  • Bone microenvironment
  • Osteoclast

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)

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