Bone density may be determined in the gut | Science News



Support credible science journalism.

Subscribe to Science News today.


Bone density may be determined in the gut

Gut-derived serotonin regulates bone growth in mice

11:20am, November 26, 2008

Serotonin produced in the gut may have a major role in bone formation. Too much of the gut-derived hormone in mice leads to weak bones, while too little causes  bones to be too dense, a new study shows. The results, published in the Nov. 28 Cell, may lead to new treatments for  bone diseases, such as osteoporosis.

This article is available only to subscribing members. Join the Society today or Log in.

Get Science News headlines by e-mail.

More from Science News

From the Nature Index Paid Content