Neutralizing monoclonal sclerostin antibodies are effective in promoting bone formation at a systemic level and in orthopedic scenarios including closed fracture repair. In this study we examined the effects of sclerostin antibody (Scl-Ab) treatment on regenerate volume, density and strength in a rat model of distraction osteogenesis.
Fracture healing recapitulates many aspects of developmental osteogenesis. The hedgehog (Hh) signaling pathway, essential to skeletal development, is upregulated during fracture healing, although its importance is unclear. Our goal was to assess the functional importance of Hh signaling in endochondral fracture healing.
Open fractures remain a challenge in orthopedics. Current strategies to intervene are often inadequate, particularly in severe fractures or when treatment is delayed. Sclerostin is a negative regulator of bone growth and sclerostin-neutralizing antibodies (Scl-Ab) can increase bone mass and strength. The application of these antibodies to improve orthopedic repair has shown varied results, and may be dependent on the location and severity of the bony injury. We examined Scl-Ab treatment within an established rat osteotomy model with periosteal stripping analogous to open fracture repair.
Fracture healing, in which osteoclasts and osteoblasts play important roles, has drawn much clinical attention. Osteoclast deficiency or decreased osteoblast activity will impair fracture healing. TRPV1 is a member of the Ca2+ permeable cation channel subfamily, and pharmacological inhibition of TRPV1 prevents ovariectomy-induced bone loss, which makes TRPV1 a potential target for osteoporosis. However, whether long term TRPV1 inhibition or TRPV1 deletion will affect the fracture healing process is unclear.
Glucocorticoids at pharmacological doses have been shown to interfere with fracture repair. The role of endogenous glucocorticoids in fracture healing is not well understood. We examined whether endogenous glucocorticoids affect bone healing in an in vivomodel of cortical defect repair.