Microbial osteoporosis: The interplay between the gut microbiota and bones via host metabolism and immunity

The complex relationship between intestinal microbiota and host is a novel field in recent years. A large number of studies are being conducted on the relationship between intestinal microbiota and bone metabolism. Bone metabolism consisted of bone absorption and formation exists in the whole process of human growth and development. The nutrient components, inflammatory factors, and hormone environment play important roles in bone metabolism. Recently, intestinal microbiota has been found to influence bone metabolism via influencing the host metabolism, immune function, and hormone secretion. This review reports the effect of intestinal microbiota on bone metabolism through the above three aspects, which may provide new ideas and targets for the clinical treatment of osteoporosis.

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