Bisphosphonates alter trabecular bone collagen cross-linking and isomerization in beagle dog vertebra

M. R. Allen, E. Gineyts, D. J. Leeming, D. B. Burr, P. D. Delmas

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Summary: Changes in organic matrix may contribute to the anti-fracture efficacy of anti-remodeling agents. Following one year of treatment in beagle dogs, bisphosphonates alter the organic matrix of vertebral trabecular bone, while raloxifene had no effect. These results show that pharmacological suppression of turnover alters the organic matrix component of bone. Introduction: The collagen matrix contributes significantly to a bone's fracture resistance yet the effects of anti-remodeling agents on collagen properties are unclear. The goal of this study was to assess changes in collagen cross-linking and isomerization following anti-remodeling treatment. Methods: Skeletally mature female beagles were treated for one year with oral doses of vehicle (VEH), risedronate (RIS; 3 doses), alendronate (ALN; 3 doses), or raloxifene (RAL; 2 doses). The middle dose of RIS and ALN and the lower dose of RAL approximate doses used for treatment of post menopausal osteoporosis. Vertebral trabecular bone matrix was assessed for collagen isomerization (ratio of α/β C-telopeptide [CTX]), enzymatic (pyridinoline [PYD] and deoxypyridinoline [DPD]), and non-enzymatic (pentosidine [PEN]) cross-links. Results: All doses of both RIS and ALN increased PEN (+34-58%) and the ratio of PYD/DPD (+14-26%), and decreased the ratio of α/β CTX (-29-56%) compared to VEH. RAL did not alter any collagen parameters. Bone turnover rate was significantly correlated to PEN (R=-0.664), α/β CTX (R=0.586), and PYD/DPD (R=-0.470). Conclusions: Bisphosphonate treatment significantly alters properties of bone collagen suggesting a contribution of the organic matrix to the anti-fracture efficacy of this drug class.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)329-337
Number of pages9
JournalOsteoporosis International
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2008


  • Alendronate
  • Anti-remodeling
  • Bone markers
  • Pentosidine
  • Raloxifene
  • Risedronate

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  • Medicine(all)

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