Current Osteoporosis Reports

, Volume 16, Issue 2, pp 116–122 | Cite as

Role of Marrow Adipocytes in Regulation of Energy Metabolism and Bone Homeostasis

  • Jillian CornishEmail author
  • Tao Wang
  • Jian-ming Lin
Bone Marrow and Adipose Tissue (G Duque and B Lecka-Czernik, Section Editors)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Bone Marrow and Adipose Tissue


Purpose of review

The goal of this review is to gain a better understanding of marrow adipocyte development, its regulation of energy, and its characterization responsible for bone homeostasis.

Recent findings

Despite major advances in uncovering the complex association of bone-fat in the marrow, the underlying basic biological process of adipose tissue development, as well as its interaction with bone homeostasis in pathophysiological conditions, is still not well understood.


This review identifies many pro- and anti-osteogenic factors secreted by adipocytes to play a role in the manipulating the fate of mesenchymal stem cells as well as the osteoblastic activity during bone remodeling. It also addresses the function of adipose tissue capable of negative regulation of the hematopoietic microenvironment to influence the bone quantity and the nature of bone homeostasis.


Marrow adipocyte Adipokine Bone homoeostasis Bone cells Stem cells 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

Jillian Cornish, Tao Wang, and Jian-Ming Lin declare no conflict of interest.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medical and Health SciencesUniversity of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand

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