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07 May 2018 : Animal Research  

Salmon Calcitonin Attenuates Degenerative Changes in Cartilage and Subchondral Bone in Lumbar Facet Joint in an Experimental Rat Model

Yu Gou1ABCDEF, Faming Tian23DEF, Qingfu Kong4BC, Tiangang Chen4BC, Hetong Li4BC, Qinglie Lv4BC, Liu Zhang15AEG*

DOI: 10.12659/MSM.910012

Med Sci Monit 2018; 24: ANS2849-2857


BACKGROUND: Facet joint degeneration (FJD) is one of the common causes of low back pain (LBP), and estrogen deficiency is one of the triggers for FJD. Calcitonin may possess the potential for treating osteoarthritis, but to date the hormone has not been studied in the treatment of FJD. Therefore, the aim of this study was to investigate the effects of salmon calcitonin (sCT) on FJD induced by estrogen deficiency after ovariectomy (OVX).

MATERIAL AND METHODS: Thirty female Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly assigned to 3 groups: the OVX group received bilateral OVX, the OVX + sCT group received subcutaneous administration of sCT (16 IU/kg/2 days) following bilateral OVX, and the Sham group received sham surgery. All rats were euthanized at 12 weeks post-OVX. Serum COMP level, cartilage degradation, and subchondral bone micro-architecture were evaluated.

RESULTS: sCT relieved cartilage surface lesions, reduced histological score, and significantly increased cartilage thickness. The OVX + sCT group exhibited significantly increased expression of aggrecan, as well as significantly decreased levels of ADAMTS-4, MMP-13, and caspase-3. The results of micro-computed tomography analysis revealed that the OVX + sCT group exhibited higher BMD, BV/TV, and Tb.Th values but a lower Tb.Sp value than that of the OVX group. Serum COMP concentrations were significantly correlated with histological score and cartilage thickness.

CONCLUSIONS: sCT can inhibit the progression of FJD in OVX rats, which is attributed to its inhibitory effects on cartilage metabolism imbalance, chondrocyte apoptosis, and subchondral bone remodeling. Serum COMP has diagnostic potential for FJD.

Keywords: Calcitonin, Cartilage, Models, Animal, Ovariectomy


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