Effects of Aluminum Exposure on the Bone Stimulatory Growth Factors in Rats


Aluminum (Al) is considered to be a potentially toxic metal and inhibits bone formation. Transforming growth factor β1 (TGF-β1) and bone morphogenetic protein 2 (BMP-2) play an important role in regulating the bone formation. Therefore, this study aimed to investigate the effects of Al on the TGF-β1 and BMP-2 in rats. In this study, Wistar rats were randomly divided into Al-treated group and control group. The Al-treated rats were provided with drinking water containing 100 mg/L AlCl3, and the control rats were given distilled water for 30, 60, and 90 days, respectively. Ten rats were sacrificed in each group every 30 days. The Al-treated rats showed lower body weight and higher serum and bone levels of Al compared with the control rats. The expression levels of TGF-β1 and BMP-2 were also significantly decreased in the Al-treated rats. Serum levels of bone gamma-carboxyglutamic acid protein (BGP), carboxy-terminal propeptide of type I procollagen (PICP), and bone alkaline phosphatase (B-ALP) were markedly lower in the Al-treated groups than in the control group. These results indicate that Al inhibits the expression of TGF-β1 and BMP-2 in bone, which inhibits the activity of osteoblasts and reduces the synthesis of BGP, B-ALP, and type I collagen, thereby inhibiting bone formation.

DOI: 10.1007/s12011-015-0569-z

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@article{Li2015EffectsOA, title={Effects of Aluminum Exposure on the Bone Stimulatory Growth Factors in Rats}, author={Peng Li and Weiwei Luo and Hui Zhang and Xue Zheng and Cheng Chih Liu and Hongsheng Ouyang}, journal={Biological Trace Element Research}, year={2015}, volume={172}, pages={166-171} }