Osteoporosis International

, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp 219–227 | Cite as

Bone density and shape as determinants of bone strength in IGF-I and/or pamidronate-treated ovariectomized rats

  • P. Ammann
  • R. Rizzoli
  • J. -M. Meyer
  • J. -P. Bonjour
Original Article

Abstract

Areal bone mineral density (BMD) is a major determinant of bone strength and thereby of fracture risk. Other factors including trabecular microarchitecture and bone dimensions also contribute to bone strength. To investigate the relative importance for bone strength of BMD and bone dimensions, the relations between strength and the latter variables were evaluated under different experimental conditions in ovariectomized rats. Bone strength was assessed in compression and bending with measurement of BMD by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry. Interventions were designed to increase trabecular BMD in rats with estrogen deficiency-induced bone loss (OVX) by treatment with pamidronate, an inhibitor of bone resorption, or to modify bone dimensions, particularly diameter, by administration of the growth factor IGF-I. In OVX rats, pamidronate treatment increased BMD with a commensurate increase in bone strength at the level of lumbar vertebrae and femoral neck (r=0.789,p<0.0001 andr=0.535,p<0.001, respectively). IGF-I increased the external diameter of midshaft tibia and femoral neck, which also correlated with bone strength (r=0.678,p<0.0001 andr=0.507,p<0.0002, respectively). Thus, both bone dimensions and BMD contributed to the determination of bone strength. In conclusion, adult rats with estrogen deficiency-induced bone loss represent a useful experimental model for investigating bone strength and its determinants such as BMD and external bone dimensions.

Keywords

Bone mechanical properties IGF-I Osteoporosis Pamidronate Rats 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Ammann
    • 1
  • R. Rizzoli
    • 1
  • J. -M. Meyer
    • 2
  • J. -P. Bonjour
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Clinical Pathophysiology, WHO Collaborating Center for Osteoporosis and Bone DiseaseUniversity HospitalGenevaSwitzerland
  2. 2.School of DentistryUniversity HospitalGenevaSwitzerland
  3. 3.Division of Clinical Pathophysiology, Department of Internal MedicineUniversity HospitalGeneva 14Switzerland

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