INSERM UMR 1033, Université de Lyon, France.

Pathophysiology, Diagnosis & Treatments of Bone Diseases


Osteoporosis and bone metastasis induce structural alterations of the skeleton that lead to bone destruction and occurrence of pathological fractures. Despite of recent progress made to treat bone loss, there is clearly a need to better diagnose bone diseases and improve treatments of skeletal complications associated with bone diseases.


Our project aims at developing a translational research from basic scientific discoveries into clinical improvements in diagnosis and treatments of bone diseases.

Our scientific strategy hinges on 3 teams.

Team 1’s major objectives are to improve the prediction of fracture risk in men and women with osteoporosis. The relations between bone and certain chronic diseases will be also studied. It has become obvious (albeit little understood) that bone quality is influenced by chronic diseases and, conversely, that bone remodeling participates in the genesis of chronic diseases.

Team 2’s main objectives are to identify the underlying molecular mechanisms governing the nesting of tumour cells in the bone marrow and those that favour the formation of medullary micrometastases, the prelude required for bone metastasis formation. Additionally, new biological markers of early relapse of cancer in bone will be developed and novel therapeutics are being tested in animal models of malignant bone diseases.

Team 3’s main objectives are to study the roles of autotaxin and lysophosphatidic acid in bone physiology and benign (osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis) and cancerous (bone metastasis) bone pathologies.



Bone and chronic diseases



Bone, Cancers and Metastases



Lysophospholipids and Bone Pathophysiology

Short description
of the lab in figures:

  • Staff: 57
  • Basic and clinical scientists: 28
  • Research Engineers and Technicians: 18
  • Postdoctoral fellows and research students: 11


Recent News

6 key most recent publications :

  • CROSET M, PANTANO F, KAN CWS, BONNELYE E, DESCOTES F, ALIX-PANABIÈRES C, LECELLIER CH, BACHELIER R, ALLIOLI N, HONG SS, BARTKOWIAK K, PANTEL K, CLÉZARDIN P. MicroRNA-30 family members inhibit breast cancer invasion, osteomimicry, and bone destruction by directly targeting multiple bone metastasis-associated genes.Cancer Res. 2018 Jul 24. pii: canres.3058.2017. doi: 10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-17-3058.
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  • SZULC P, BOUTROY S,CHAPURLAT R. Prediction of Fractures in Men Using Bone Microarchitectural Parameters Assessed by High-Resolution Peripheral Quantitative Computed Tomography-The Prospective STRAMBO Study.J Bone Miner Res. 2018 Apr 25. doi: 10.1002/jbmr.3451.
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  • REYNAUD C, FERRERAS L, DI MAURO P, KAN C, CROSET M, BONNELYE E, PEZ F, THOMAS C, AIMONT G, KARNOUB AE, BREVET M, CLEZARDIN P. Lysyl oxidase is a strong determinant of tumor cell colonization in bone. Cancer Res. 2017;77(2):268-278.
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  • SORNAY-RENDU E, BOUTROY S, DUBOEUF F, CHAPURLAT RD. Bone Microarchitecture Assessed by HR-pQCT as Predictor of Fracture Risk in Postmenopausal Women: The OFELY Study.J Bone Miner Res. 2017;32(6):1243-1251.
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  • LEBLANC R, PEYRUCHAUD O. Metastasis: new functional implications of platelets and megakaryocytic. Blood. 2016 Jul 7;128(1):24-31.
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  • BOUTROY S, KHOSLA S, SORNAY-RENDU E, ZANCHETTA MB, McMAHON DJ, ZHANG CA, CHAPURLAT RD, ZANCHETTA J, STEIN EM, BOGADO C, MAJUMDAR S, BURGHARDT AJ, SHANE E. Microarchitecture and Peripheral BMD Are Impaired in Postmenopausal Caucasian Women with Fracture Independently of Total Hip T-Score – an International Multicenter Study. J Bone Miner Res. 2016 June;31(6): 1158-66.
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