Alyson Morse, Tegan Cheng, Lauren Peacock, Kathy Mikulec, David Little, and Aaron Schindeler
ACE-011 is a bone anabolic agent generated by fusing the extracellular domain of the Activin Type 2A receptor (ActRIIA) to an IgG-Fc. The orthopedic utility of ACE-011 was investigated using a murine analogue, RAP-011. Initially, a rat closed fracture model was tested using bi-weekly (biw) 10 mg/kg RAP-011. RAP-011 significantly increased callus length and callus bone volume (BV, +43% at 6w, p < 0.01). The polar moment of inertia was calculated to be substantively increased (+80%, p < 0.01), however mechanical bending tests showed a more modest increase in maximum load to failure (+24%, p < 0.05). Histology indicated enhanced appositional bone growth, but it was hypothesized that reduced remodeling, evidenced by decreased serum CTX (-16% at 6w, p < 0.01), could be compromising bone quality in the callus. A second closed fracture study was performed to examine lower ‘pulse’ [RAP-011(p)] and ‘sustained’ [RAP-011(s)] regimens of biw 0.6mg/kg × 2, 0.35mg/kg × 3 and 0.18mg/kg × 2, 0.1mg/kg × 7 respectively, compared with PTH(1-34) (25µg/kg/d) and vehicle controls. RAP-011 treatments gave modest increases in callus length and callus BV at 6w (p < 0.01), but did not achieve an increase in maximum load over vehicle. In summary, RAP-011 is effective in promoting bone formation during repair, but optimizing callus bone quality will require further investigation.