Friday, September 12, 2014

Human Osteoblast Growth and Maturation in Response to Metformin and the Thienopyridone, A769662

Metformin (Met) is a biguanide drug widely used in the treatment and management of non insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. In recent years it has emerged that Met, by stimulating adenosine monophosphate-activated protein kinase (AMPK), can promote the maturation of osteoblasts, albeit cells sourced from rodent and murine calvaria. Finding novel uses for existing drugs is especially appealing, primarily from the fiscal and time constraints posed in developing new products. Identifying agents capable of supporting human osteoblast growth and differentiation are attractive in a bone regenerative context.

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