Cyclosporin A does not affect the absolute rate of cortical bone resorption at the organ level in the growing rat
The 3H-tetracycline method of measuring bone resorption in vivo was applied to the comparison of various whole bones in rats of two different ages. The rat was chosen because it grows via modelling processes and contains little, if any, cortical remodelling except for a small amount of trabecular remodelling. It was found that resorption rates in vivo are high and similar in almost all of the 18 bones measured between birth and 2 weeks of age. However, in weanling rats studied at 4-6 weeks of age, resorption rates in the skull and in the long bones had decreased significantly while remaining high in the vertebrae, scapula, sternum and pelvis. Bones of neonatal rats were quite alike in their rates of bone resorption, but the bones of the weanlings manifested significant heterogeneity in their rates. It is known that anatomic heterogeneity of metabolic turnover of various bones characterizes the mature state in humans and dogs as well. The present data are unique in that they reflect absolute resorption rates in vivo uncomplicated by the extensive re-utilization of calcium inherent in other isotopic or non-isotopic protocols.