Age-related changes in biochemical markers of bone turnover and gonadotropin levels and their relationship among Chinese adult women
Ovariectomy (OVX) and Zoladex administration to adult rats gave conflicting results with respect to the excretion of total urinary hydroxyproline (OH-Pro), a valuable indicator of bone collagen catabolism. Whereas OVX culminated in early (1 week) increases in OH-Pro, the use of Zoladex actually lowered OH-Pro and showed no sign of increasing over controls for a 2-month period. Since both OVX and Zoladex produce a state of estrogen deficiency we reasoned that the differential effects of the two procedures on OH-Pro were attributed to LH status. Receptors for luteinizing hormone (LH)/human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) have been identified in many, non-gonadal, estrogen sensitive sites and although bone is receptive to estrogen what effects LH/hCG might have upon bone metabolism have received scant attention. Treatment of osteoblasts in culture with a urinary derived formulation of hCG resulted in increased alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity, raised matrix mettaloproteinase-2 (MMP-2) levels and increased expression of type I collagen. Further studies, using murine calvaria, supported a bone-resorbing effect of hCG. Taken together our initial findings suggested that raised hCG and/or LH might lead to an overall increase in bone matrix turnover as reported for puberty, pregnancy and the menopause. However, when the urinary derived preparation of hCG was replaced with recombinant hormone no changes in osteoblast activity were found implying the presence of contaminating agents in the urine derived hCG. Herein we describe that epidermal growth factor (EGF) could account for the changes observed for urinary derived hCG in osteoblast cultures and that the effects of LH/hCG on bone tissue are probably indirect.