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Administration of growth hormone in selectively protein-deprived rats decreases BMD and bone strength

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Published in Bone. 2010, vol. 46, no. 6, p. 1574-1581
Abstract INTRODUCTION: Isocaloric protein undernutrition is associated with decreased bone mass and decreased bone strength, together with lower IGF-I levels. It remains unclear whether administration of growth hormone (GH) corrects these alterations in bone metabolism. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Six-month-old female rats were fed isocaloric diets containing either 2.5% or 15% casein for 2 weeks. Bovine growth hormone (bGH, 0.5 or 2.5mg/kg of body weight) or vehicle was then administered as subcutaneous injections, twice daily, to rats on either diet for 4 weeks. At the proximal tibia, analysis of bone mineral density (BMD), maximal load and histomorphometry were performed. In addition, urinary deoxypyridinoline, plasma osteocalcin and IGF-I concentrations were measured. Weight was monitored weekly. RESULTS: bGH caused a dose-dependent increase in plasma IGF-I regardless of the dietary protein content. However, bGH dose-dependently decreased BMD and bone strength in rats fed the low-protein diet. There was no significant effect of bGH on BMD in rats fed the normal protein diet within this short-term treatment period, however bone formation as detected by histomorphometry was improved in this group but not the low-protein group. Osteoclast surface was increased in the low-protein bGH-treated animals only. Changes in bone turnover markers were detectable under both normal and low-protein diets. CONCLUSION: These results emphasize the major importance of dietary protein intake in the bone response to short-term GH administration, and highlight the need for further investigation into the effects of GH treatment in patients with reduced protein intake.
Keywords AnimalsBiomechanics/drug effectsBody WeightBone Density/*drug effectsBone and Bones/*drug effects/metabolism/*physiologyCaseinsCattleDiet, Protein-Restricted/adverse effectsFemaleGrowth Hormone/*pharmacologyMuscle, Skeletal/drug effectsRatsRats, Sprague-Dawley
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PMID: 20178866
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Research groups Etudes précliniques de l'ostéoporose (606)
Nutrition et os (66)
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AMMANN, Patrick et al. Administration of growth hormone in selectively protein-deprived rats decreases BMD and bone strength. In: Bone, 2010, vol. 46, n° 6, p. 1574-1581. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:20734

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