Reusing and composing models of cell fate regulation of human bone precursor cells

Rodrigo Assar, Andrea V. Leisewitz, Alice Garcia, Nibaldo C. Inestrosa, Martín A. Montecino, David J. Sherman

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In order to treat osteoporosis and other bone mass disorders it is necessary to understand the regulatory processes that control the cell fate decisions responsible for going from bone precursor cells to bone tissue. Many processes interact to regulate cell division, differentiation and apoptosis. There are models for these basic processes, but not for their interactions. In this work we use the theory of switched systems, reuse and composition of validated models to describe the cell fate decisions leading to bone and fat formation. We describe the differentiation of osteo-adipo progenitor cells by composing its model with differentiation stimuli. We use the activation of the Wnt pathway as stimulus to osteoblast lineage, including regulation of cell division and apoptosis. This model is our first step to simulate physiological responses in silico to treatments for bone mass disorders.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-72
Number of pages10
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2012


  • Bone formation
  • Differentiation
  • Wnt pathway

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Applied Mathematics


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