Pharmacogenomic approaches to osteoporosis: 2005 update

Yuan Chen, Dong Hai Xiong, Hui Jiang, Hong Wen Deng

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Osteoporosis is a skeletal disorder characterized by compromised bone strength predisposing a person to an increased risk of fracture. The overall rate of osteoporosis is increasing annually around the world, especially among the elderly people, resulting in heavier social-economic burden. Till now, certain anti-osteoporosis medications have been applied to prevent and/or treat osteoporosis by the mechanism of either decreasing excessive bone resorption or promoting bone formation. However, the efficacy of those therapies varies among people, sometimes causing unnecessary medical cost or even unwanted side-effects. Therefore, more cost-effective and subject-specific prevention and treatment of osteoporosis is needed. In such context, pharmacogenomic studies of osteoporosis are of particular importance since it has been widely shown that genetic factors play a role in the efficacy of osteoporosis treatment. The goal of osteoporosis pharmacogenomics is to optimize drug development and customize personalized treatment according to the specific genetic background. Herein, we discussed the application of genetic and genomic approaches to osteoporosis clinics, which held the promise to revolutionize the way we understand, prevent and treat osteoporosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)271-276
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Pharmacogenomics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2006


  • Animal model
  • Candidate gene
  • Microarray
  • Osteoporosis
  • Proteomics
  • Whole genome association

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Pharmacology


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