26803-Bonewald, Lynda

Lynda F. Bonewald, PhD

Director, Indiana Center for Musculoskeletal Health

MS 5067

Indianapolis, IN 46202
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Indiana Center for Musculoskeletal Health

Dr. Bonewald is the Founding Director of the Indiana Center for Musculoskeletal Health, ICMH, a center with over 100 members from 36 departments and four campuses. Her primary faculty appointment is in the Department of Anatomy, Cell Biology & Physiology and her secondary is in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. She received her Ph.D. in Immunology/Microbiology from the Medical University of South Carolina, was promoted from Assistant to Full Professor at the Univ. of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and served as director of the Bone Biology Research Program and as Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She is a Past-President of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, ASBMR, and of the Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities. She has served as Chair of the Board of Scientific Councilors for the NIDCR and served on Council for NIAMS NIH. She received the "Basic Research in Biological Mineralization Award" from the IADR, the "RIB Award" from Sun Valley, and the prestigious William F. Neuman award from the ASBMR. She has been continually funded by NIH for over thirty years and is best known for her work in the study of osteocytes and is responsible for tools used by researchers globally to determine osteocyte biology and function. She is currently studying bone to muscle crosstalk with aging.


Key Publications

  1. Thiagarajan G, Begonia M, Dallas M, Lara N, Johnson M. Determination of Elastic Modulus in Mouse Bones Using a Nondestructive Microindentation Technique using Reference Point Indentation. Journal of Biomechanical Engineering 140: (11 pages) 2018. PMCID: PMC6056200
  2. Kitase Y, Vallejo JA, Gutheil W, Vemula H, Jähn K, Yi J, Zhou J, Brotto M, Bonewald LF. b-aminoisobutyric Acid, L-BAIBA, Is a Muscle-Derived Osteocyte Survival Factor.Cell Rep. 2018 Feb 6;22(6):1531-1544. PMID: 29425508; PMCID: PMC5832359
  3. Hyeonwoo Kim, Christiane D. Wrann, Mark Jedrychowski, Sara Vidoni, Yukiko Kitase, Kenichi Nagano, Chenhe Zhou, Joshua Chou, Virginia-Jeni A. Parkman, Scott J. Novick, Timothy S. Strutzenberg, Bruce D. Pascal, Phuong T. Le, Daniel J. Brooks, Alexander M. Roche, Kaitlyn K. Gerber, Laura Mattheis, Wenjing Chen, Hua Tu, Richard O. Hynes, Mary L. Bouxsein, Patrick R. Griffin, Roland Baron, Clifford J. Rosen, Lynda F. Bonewald, and Bruce M. Spiegelman. Irisin Mediates Effects on Bone and Fat via alphaV Integrin Receptors Cell 175: 1756-1768 2018 PMID: 30550785
  4. Lu, Y, Kamel-El Sayed SA, Grillo MA, Veno PA, Dusevich V, Tiede-Lewis LM, Phillips CL, Bonewald LF, Dallas SL. (2018) Live Imaging of Type I Collagen Assembly Dynamics in Cells Stably Expressing GFP-Collagen Constructs. J. Bone Miner. Res. 33(6):1166-1182. PMID: 29461659
  5. Avin KG, Vallejo JA, Chen NX, Wang K, Touchberry CD, Brotto M, Dallas SL, Moe SM, Wacker MJ. Fibroblast Growth Factor 23 Does Not Directly Influence Skeletal Muscle Cell Proliferation and Differentiation or Ex Vivo Contractility (2018). Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab. 315(4):E594-E604.. PMID: 29558205; PMCID: PMC6230710
  6. Lu, Y, Kamel-El Sayed SA, Grillo MA, Veno PA, Dusevich V, Tiede-Lewis LM, Phillips CL, Bonewald LF, Dallas SL. (2018) Live Imaging of Type I Collagen Assembly Dynamics in Cells Stably Expressing GFP-Collagen Constructs. J. Bone Miner. Res. 33(6):1166-1182. PMID: 29461659; PMCID: PMC6425932
  7. Maurel DB, Matsumoto T, Vallejo J, Johnson MR, Brotto M, Dallas SL, Harris MA, Harris SE, Bonewald LF (2019). Characterization of a novel murine Sost ERT2 Cre model targeting osteocytes. Bone Research 7:6. PMID: 30820362; PMCID: PMC6382861
  8. Tiede-Lewis LM and Dallas, SL (2019). Changes in the Osteocyte Lacunocanalicular Network with Aging. BONE: 122:101-113. [Special issue on musculoskeletal aging]. PMID: 30743014; PMCID: PMC6638547
  9. Huang J, Wang K, Shiflett LA, Brotto L, Bonewald LF, Wacker MJ, Dallas SL, Brotto M. Fibroblast growth factor 9 (FGF9) inhibits myogenic differentiation of C2C12 and human muscle cells. Cell Cycle. 2019 Dec;18(24):3562-3580. doi:10.1080/15384101.2019.1691796. PMCID: PMC6927711
  10. Mo C, Wang Z, Bonewald L, Brotto M. “Multi-Staged Regulation of Lipid Signaling Mediators during Myogenesis by COX-1/2 Pathways”. Int J Mol Sci. 2019 Sep 4;20(18). pii: E4326. PMCID: PMC6769623
  11. Wang, K, Le L, Chun B, Tiede-Lewis LM, Shiflett LA, Prideaux M, Campos RS, Veno PA, Xie Y, Dusevich V, Bonewald LF, Dallas SL (2019). A Novel Osteogenic Cell Line Expressing a Membrane-Targeted GFP in Osteocytes Forms 3D Bone-like Structures that Mimic the Lacunocanalicular Structure of in vivo Bone. J Bone Miner Res. 2019 34(6): 979-995. PMID: 30882939; PMCID: PMC7350928
  12. Shiflett LA, Tiede-Lewis LM, Xie Y, Lu Y, Ray EC, Dallas SL (2019). Collagen Dynamics during the Process of Osteocyte Embedding and Mineralization. Front Cell Dev Biol.18;7:178. PMID: 31620436; PMCID: PMC6759523
  13. Wang Z, Bian L, Mo C, Shen H, Zhao LJ, Su KJ, Kukula M, Lee JT, Armstrong DW, Recker R Lappe J, Bonewald LF, Deng HW, Brotto M. “Quantification of aminobutyric acids and their clinical applications as biomarkers for osteoporosis”. Nature Commun Biol. 2020 Jan 22;3(1):39. PMCID: PMC6976694
  14. Kola, S., Begonia, M. T., Tiede-Lewis, L., Laughrey, L., Dallas, S., Johnson, M. L., & Thiagarajan, G. Osteocyte Lacunar Strain Determination Using Multiscale Finite Element Analysis. Bone Reports. 2020 May 19;12:100277. doi: 10.1016/j.bonr.2020.100277. eCollection 2020 Jun. PMID: 32478144, PMCID: PMC7251370
  15. Dallas SL and Moore DS (2020). Using Confocal Imaging Approaches to Understand the Structure and Function of Osteocytes and the Lacunocanalicular Network. Bone: 138:115463. PMID: 32512167; PMCID: PMC7423610
  16. Thiagarajan G., Laughrey, L. E., Niroobakhsh, M., & Lara-Castillo, N. (2020). Multiscale finite element modeling of mechanical strains and fluid flow in osteocyte lacunocanalicular system. Bone, 115328. doi:10.1016/j.bone.2020.115328 PMID: 32201360; PMCID: PMC7354216
  17. Oakley CI, Vallejo JA, Wang D, Gray M, Tiede-Lewis LM, Shawgo T, Daon E, Zorn G, Stubbs JR, Wacker MJ. Trimethylamine-N-Oxide acutely increases cardiac muscle contractility. American Journal of Physiology: Heart and Circulatory Physiology. 318: H1272-H1282, 2020. PMID: 32243768; PMCID: PMC7346532
  18. Wang H, Li T, Wang X, Yin X, Zhao N, Zou S, Duan P, Bonewald LF. The role of sphingosine-1-phosphate signaling pathway in cementocyte mechanotransduction. Biochem BIophys Res Commun 2020 PMID 31941604
  19. Prideaux M, Kitase Y, Kimble M, O’Connell TM, Bonewald LF. Taurine, an osteocyte metabolite, protects against oxidative stress-induced cell death and decreases inhibitors of the Wnt/b-catenin signaling pathway Bone 2020 PMID: 32330695; PMCID: PMC7369146
  20. Biguetti CC, Couto MCR, Silva ACR, Shindo JVTC, Rosa VM, Shinohara AL, Andreo JC, Duarte MAH, Wang Z, Brotto M, Matsumoto MA. New Surgical Model for Bone-Muscle Injury Reveals   Age and Gender-Related Healing Patterns in the 5 Lipoxygenase (5LO) Knockout Mouse.  Front Endocrinol (Lausanne). 2020 Aug 11;11:484. doi: 10.3389/fendo.2020.00484. PMCID: PMC7431610
  21. Mumtaz, H, Lara-Castillo N, Scott J, Begonia M, Dallas, M, Johnson ML, Thiagarajan G, Age and Gender Related differences in Load-Strain response in C57Bl/6 mice. Aging (Albany NY). 2020 Dec 17;12(24):24721-24733. doi: 10.18632/aging.202350. PMID: 33346747; PMCID: PMC7803533
  22. Mumtaz, H, Dallas, M, Begonia M, Lara-Castillo N, Scott J, Johnson ML, Thiagarajan G, Age-related and sex-specific effects on architectural properties and biomechanical response of the C57BL/6N mouse femur, tibia and ulna. Bone Rep. 2020 Apr 23;12:100266. doi: 10.1016/j.bonr.2020.100266. eCollection 2020 Jun. PMID: 32420415; PMCID: PMC7215114
  23. Lara-Castillo N and Johnson ML Bone-Muscle Mutual Interactions Curr Osteoporos Rep. 2020 Aug;18(4):408-421. doi: 10.1007/s11914-020-00602-6. PMID: 32519283; PMCID: PMC8059358
  24. Shochat C, Wang Z, Mo C, Nelson S, Donaka R, Huang J, Karasik D, Brotto M. Deletion of SREBF1, a Functional Bone-Muscle Pleiotropic Gene, Alters Bone Density and Lipid Signaling in Zebrafish. 2021 Jan 1;162(1): bqaa189. doi: 10.1210/endocr/bqaa189. PMCID: PMC7745669
  25. Awad K, Ahuja N, Fiedler M, Peper S, Wang Z, Aswath P, Brotto M, Varanasi V. Ionic Silicon Protects Oxidative Damage and Promotes Skeletal Muscle Cell Regeneration. Int J Mol Sci. 2021 Jan 6;22(2):497. doi: 10.3390/ijms22020497. PMCID: PMC7825403
  26. Kojouharov HV, Chen-Charpentier BM, Solis FJ, and Brotto M. A simple model of immune and muscle cell crosstalk during muscle regeneration. Math Biosci. 2021 Mar;333:108543. doi: 0.1016/j.mbs.2021.108543. Epub 2021 Feb 16. PMCID: PMC8753861
  27. Mo C, Du Y, O’Connell T. Applications of Lipidomics to Age-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders. Curr Osteoporos Rep. DOI: 10.1007/s11914-021-00656-0. PMCID: PMC8016815
  28. Gong R, Xiao HM, Zhang YH, Zhao Q, Su KJ, Lin X, Mo CL, Zhang Q, Du YT, Lyu FY, Chen YC, Peng C, Liu HM, Hu SD, Pan DY, Chen Z, Li ZF, Zhou R, Wang XF, Lu JM, Ao ZX, Song YQ, Weng CY, Tian Q, Schiller MR, Papasian CJ, Brotto M, Shen H, Shen J, Deng HW. Identification and Functional Characterization of Metabolites for Bone Mass in Peri-/Post-menopausal Chinese Women. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2021 Mar 8:dga b146. doi: 10.1210/clinem/dgab146. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33693744; PMCID: PMC8277206
  29. Ito N, Prideaux M, Wijenayaka AB, Yang D, Ormsby RT, Bonewald LF, Atkins GJ “Sclerostin directly stimulates osteocyte synthesis of Fibroblast Growth Factor 23” Cal Tiss Int. 2021 PMID: 33616712
  30. Pin F, Prideaux M, Huot JR, Essex AL, Plotkin LI, Bonetto A, Bonewald LF “Non-bone metastatic cancers promote osteocyte-induced bone destruction” Cancer Lett 2021 PMIC: 34233150. PMCID: PMC8440379
  31. Nakamura MT, Zhang H, Guo D, Ueharu H, Pan H, Scott G, Harris M, Ray M, Feng JQ, Harris SE, Bonewald LF, Mishina Y “Podoplanin is dispensable for mineralized tissue formation and maintenance in the Swiss outbred mouse background”. genesis The Journal of Genetics and Development. 2021, https://doi.org/10.1002/dvg.23450
  32. Jackson, E., Lara-Castillo, N., Akhter, M.P., Dallas, M. Scott, J.M., Ganesh, T. and Johnson, M.L.: “Osteocyte Wnt/β-catenin pathway activation upon mechanical loading is altered in ovariectomized mice” Bone Rep. 2021 Sep 14;15:101129. doi: 10.1016/j.bonr.2021.101129. eCollection 2021 Dec. PMCID: PMC8455641
  33. Westendorf JJ, Bonewald LF, Kiel DP, Burtt NP. The Musculoskeletal Knowledge Portal: improving access to multi-omics data. Nat Rev Rheumatol. 2022 Jan;18(1):1-2. doi: 10.1038/s41584-021-00711-1. PMID: 34686856; PMCID: PMC9346538
  34. Glorieux FH, Bonewald LF, Harvey NC, van der Meulen MCH. Potential influences on optimizing long-term musculoskeletal health in children and adolescents with X-linked hypophosphatemia (XLH). Orphanet J Rare Dis. 2022 Jan 31;17(1):30. doi: 10.1186/s13023-021-02156-x. PMID: 35101067; PMCID: PMC8802511.
  35. Yoshimoto T, Kittaka M, Doan AAP, Urata R, Prideaux M, Rojas RE, Harding CV, Henry Boom W, Bonewald LF, Greenfield EM, Ueki Y. Osteocytes directly regulate osteolysis via MYD88 signaling in bacterial bone infection. Nat Commun. 2022 Nov 4;13(1):6648. doi: 10.1038/s41467-022-34352-z. PMID: 36333322; PMCID: PMC9636212.
  36. Pin F, Jones AJ, Huot JR, Narasimhan A, Zimmers TA, Bonewald LF, Bonetto A. RANKL Blockade Reduces Cachexia and Bone Loss Induced by Non-Metastatic Ovarian Cancer in Mice. J Bone Miner Res. 2022 Mar;37(3):381-396. doi: 10.1002/jbmr.4480. Epub 2021 Dec 13. PMID: 34904285; PMCID: PMC8940654.
  37. Li T, Wang H, Jiang Y, Guan Y, Chen S, Wu Z, Zou S, Bonewald LF, Duan P. Canonical Wnt/β-catenin signaling has positive effects on osteogenesis, but can have negative effects on cementogenesis. J Periodontol. 2022 Nov;93(11):1725-1737. doi: 10.1002/JPER.21-0599. Epub 2022 Aug 10. PMID: 35642884.

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  • Director, Indiana Center for Musculoskeletal Health
  • Distinguished Professor
  • Professor of Anatomy, Cell Biology & Physiology
  • Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

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