Wnt signaling in physiological and pathological bone formation

Zhenya Tan, Na Ding, Haimei Lu, John A. Kessler, Lixin Kan*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

8 Scopus citations


Wnt signaling, canonical or non-canonical, plays conserved roles in numerous physiological and pathological processes. However, it is well beyond the scope of this review to cover all functional aspects of Wnt signaling in different contexts at reasonable depth; therefore this review intends to cover only the roles of Wnt signaling in bone biology; more specifically, we intend to first update the roles of Wnt signaling in physiological bone process, including in osteogenesis and chondrogenesis, since recent years have witnessed tremendous progressions in this area, and then we seek to extend our understanding to the pathological bone process, especially to the heterotopic ossification (HO), even though the understanding of Wnt signaling in HO has been limited. We then further clarify the potential crosstalking between Wnt and other conserved signaling pathways, including FGF, GPCR and Hif1α pathways. Overall, our goal is to update the progressions, identify the general theme and the knowledge gaps and discuss the potential promising avenue for future applications in HO prevention and treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)303-312
Number of pages10
JournalHistology and histopathology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2019


  • Chondrogenesis
  • Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP)
  • Heterotopic ossification (HO)
  • Osteogenesis
  • Wnt signaling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Histology


Dive into the research topics of 'Wnt signaling in physiological and pathological bone formation'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this