New Publication! Developmental origin, functional maintenance and genetic rescue of osteoclasts

Here we report that osteoclasts that colonize fetal ossification centres originate from embryonic erythro-myeloid progenitors. These erythro-myeloid progenitor-derived osteoclasts are required for normal bone development and tooth eruption. Yet, timely transfusion of haematopoietic-stem-cell-derived monocytic cells in newborn mice is sufficient to rescue bone development in early-onset autosomal recessive osteopetrosis. We also found that the postnatal maintenance of osteoclasts, bone mass and the bone marrow cavity involve iterative fusion of circulating blood monocytic cells with long-lived osteoclast syncytia.