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Alkaline phosphatase An enzyme produced by osteoblasts that is believed to play a role in the mineralization of bone.

 

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Osteocytes, the cells of established bone, are derived from osteoblasts. In fact, an osteocyte is simply an osteoblast that has surrounded itself with bone matrix. Of course, the morphology of the cell changes: because the osteocyte is less metabolically active, it contains fewer organelles, and the nucleus occupies a greater proportion of the entire cell body.

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