Dietary Supplementation of Selenium in Inorganic and Organic Forms Differentially and Commonly Alters Blood and Liver Selenium Concentrations and Liver Gene Expression Profiles of Growing Beef Heifers
Bone loss during space flight may be induced by decreased activity of bone formation. To explore a new method for the bone loss in microgravity, the effects of insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I), a potent stimulator for osteoblast activities, were studied in in vitro and in vivo system. The complex of IGF-I and its specific binding protein, IGFBP-3, may stimulate the osteoblastic activities via prolonged serum half life and increased cellular association of IGF-I. In an ovariectomy combined with neurectomy model, this complex stimulated bone turnover. IGF-I/IGFBP-3 may be a candidate for the treatment of bone loss induced by the microgravity.