The anabolic effect of Teriparatide is undermined by low levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol

Yun Kyung Jeon, Kyoung Min Kim, Kwang Joon Kim, In Joo Kim, Sung Kil Lim, Yumie Rhee

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Intermittent parathyroid hormone (PTH) administration has a potent ability to increase bone mass, regardless of underlying conditions or species. A recent study using LDLR -/- mice showed that the anabolic effect of PTH was blunted by hyperlipidemia, whereas PTH anabolism was rescued by enhancement of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) function. We conducted a retrospective longitudinal study to determine whether lipid profiles also affect the anabolic effect of intermittent PTH treatment in humans. Fifty-two patients (8 males and 44 females, ages 38-85 years) with severe osteoporosis who had been treated with teriparatide (TPTD, recombinant human PTH(1-34) for 12 months were studied at Severance Hospital, Yonsei University. C-telopeptide (CTX) and osteocalcin (OCN) were measured at 0, 3, and 12 months; and total cholesterol, triglycerides, and HDL-C were measured at baseline. Bone mineral density (BMD) was measured by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry at 0 and 12 months. Lumbar spine BMD increased significantly after 12 months of treatment with TPTD (10.0 ± 9.3 %, p < 0.001). Initial 3-month changes in CTX and OCN levels revealed positive correlations with the increase in lumbar BMD (r = 0.546, p = 0.001 and r = 0.500, p = 0.006, respectively). Moreover, percentage change in lumbar BMD at 12 months showed a negative correlation with baseline total cholesterol (r = -0.438, p = 0.009) and a positive correlation with HDL-C (r = 0.498, p = 0.016). A smaller 3-month increase in OCN and a lower HDL-C level at baseline were associated with a smaller lumbar BMD increase after TPTD treatment, even after adjustment for age, sex, and other confounding factors (β = 0.462, p = 0.031 for ΔOCN and β = 0.670, p = 0.004 for HDL-C). Plasma levels of lipids, especially HDL-C, seem to be associated with the extent of osteoanabolic effects of TPTD in humans.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-168
Number of pages10
JournalCalcified Tissue International
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Feb

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Endocrinology


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