Calcified Tissue International

, Volume 30, Issue 1, pp 35–42 | Cite as

A micropuncture study of growth cartilage in phosphonate (EHDP) induced rickets

  • David S. Howell
  • Ofelia E. Muniz
  • Luciano N. Blanco
  • Julio C. Pita
Laboratory Investigations


Evidence in the cartilage for influence of EHDP on mineralization processes was found by the biochemical examination of nanoliter samples (Cfl) aspirated in vivo from the upper tibial growth plate of rats subjected to a regimen of EHDP. The induced rachitic syndrome was distinctively different from that resulting from lack of vitamin D and low-phosphate rachitogenic diet (−VDP). Significant findings were the following: (a) the Cfl phosphate concentration was about half that in the serum; (b) the proteoglycan concentration was depleted to about 20% of the value in both −VDP rachitic and normal control rats. These macromolecules, however, exhibited an abnormally high average sedimentation coefficient as if all the molecules were organized as large aggregates; (c) the lysozyme activity, easily detectable in the normal controls (equivalent to that of 50µg/ml of egg white lysozyme), was not detectable. Also, unlike the −VDP rickets, the calcium and phosphate concentration product was, although smaller than in the controls, high enough to sustain mineral growth in vitro.

The corresponding recovery processes from both types of rickets, the −VDP and the EHDP, were studied in Cfl samples from rats 3 days after the drug withdrawal in the latter group, or after restoring the vitamin D and the phosphate in the −VDP group. It is interesting that in spite of the initial differences, parameters relevant to calcification displayed similar values in rats undergoing recuperation from both types of rickets. Consistent with the hypothesis that proteoglycan aggregates regulate cartilage calcification, the average sedimentation coefficient decreased from 127S to about 50S in rats healing from EHDP rickets.

Key words

Mineralization Growth plates Phosphonates 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David S. Howell
    • 1
  • Ofelia E. Muniz
    • 1
  • Luciano N. Blanco
    • 1
  • Julio C. Pita
    • 1
  1. 1.Arthritis Division D8-7, Department of MedicineUniversity of Miami School of MedicineMiamiUSA

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