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Bone., 2006; 38(2): 265-72, PMID: 16213204

Regional distinctions in cortical bone mineral density measured by pQCT can predict alterations in material property at the tibial diaphysis of the Cynomolgus monkey

Jahr: 2006

Nonaka K, Fukuda S, Aoki K, Yoshida T, Ohya K
Section of Pharmacology, Department of Hard Tissue Engineering, Division of Bio-Matrix, Graduate School, Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Japan.


We examined whether regional differences in cortical bone mineral density (Ct.BMD) measured by peripheral quantitative computed tomography is related to the heterogeneity of bone tissue and whether regional Ct.BMD is a better indicator of changes in bone material properties. Bilateral tibiae were obtained from 17 female adult Cynomolgus monkeys (Macaca fascicularis; mean age 16.8 years). After determining that Ct.BMD was similar between the right and left tibiae, the left tibiae were used for bone histomorphometry and the right for a three-point bending test. The Ct.BMD in the posterior quadrant was significantly higher than that in the anterior quadrant. In the bone histomorphometric analysis, all parameters (i.e., average osteonal area, average osteonal bone area, osteon population density, percent osteonal area [%On.Ar], percent osteonal bone area [%On.B.Ar], percent osteonal area of initial remodeling [%Il.On.Ar], percent osteonal area of secondary remodeling [%Sd.On.Ar], porosity, and percent osteoid area in the posterior region) were significantly lower than those in the anterior region. The results indicated that in the same cross-section, bone tissue structure was heterogeneous. Both total- and posterior-Ct.BMD were positively correlated with breaking stress and negatively correlated with toughness, whereas anterior-Ct.BMD was positively correlated with elastic modulus. Backward stepwise multiple regression analyses indicated that posterior-Ct.BMD and total-Ct.BMD were the best variables for predicting breaking stress and toughness, respectively, when age is taken into account. The %On.Ar, %On.B.Ar, and %Il.On.Ar in the posterior region were negatively correlated with elastic modulus. The %On.Ar, %On.B.Ar, and %Sd.On.Ar in the posterior region were positively correlated with toughness. These findings indicated that regional Ct.BMD measurement is useful to assess changes in the material properties of bone associated with the degree of mineralization. In particular, anterior-, posterior-, and total-Ct.BMD can be used separately to predict changes in the material properties of the tibial diaphysis.

GID: 906; Letzte Änderung: 23.01.2008