Periostin: The bone and beyond

Published: 6 December 2016
Author(s): L Idolazzi, E Ridolo, A Fassio, D Gatti, M Montagni, M Caminati, I Martignago, C Incorvaia, G Senna
Section: Review Article

In recent years the relationship between bone, metabolism and many pathophysiologic mechanisms involving other organs and the immune system, was increasingly apparent. This observation concerns vitamin D, osteopontin and periostin (PO). PO is expressed in the periosteum of long bones but also in many other tissues and organs, including heart, kidney, skin and lungs, being enhanced by mechanical stress or injury. PO has a relevant physiological function in promoting injury repair in a large number of tissues.