A metaphyseal fracture rat model for mechanistic studies of osteoporotic bone healing
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AbstractMost osteoporotic fractures occur at metaphyseal regions of long bones. The present study proposed a clinically relevant animal model that satisfied: i) induction of osteoporosis, ii) unilateral complete osteotomy at metaphysis, iii) internal fixation. 6 months old female Sprague-Dawley rats (n = 64) were randomly divided into the ovariectomised-metaphyseal osteotomy (OVX, n = 32) and metaphyseal osteotomy (SHAM, n = 32) groups. The metaphyseal-osteotomy model was created with a plate-fixation of the osteotomy and assessed by X-ray, micro-computed tomography, histomorphometry and mechanical testing at weeks 1, 3 and 6. X-ray results showed complete healing of metaphyseal osteotomy at week 6. Histology showed 3 stages of metaphyseal healing. Stage 1 was characterised by fibrous tissue, consisting of disorganised orientation of collagen fibres, and infiltration of immune cells. At stage 2, a transitional zone consisting of maturing fibrous tissue and differentiating mesenchymal cells with early trabecular bone formation and disorganised woven bone were observed. During stage 3, cortical bone ends unified and woven bone underwent transformation to lamellar bone. OVX group healing was significantly delayed when compared to SHAM samples. The study demonstrated that healing of osteoporotic osteotomy at the metaphyseal region was delayed in terms of radiography, histomorphometry and mechanical strength. These quantitative evaluations, along with histological features, may provide key references for future studies. The animal model may provide additional clinical relevance as most osteoporotic fracture in humans occurs at metaphyseal regions.
All Author(s) ListWong RM, Thormann U, Choy V, Chim A, Li MCM, Wang J, Leung KS, Cheng JC, Alt V, Chow SKH, Cheung WH
Journal nameeCells and Materials Journal
Volume Number37
PublisherAO Research Institute Davos
Pages420 - 430
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom

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