Baseline mineralizing surface determines the magnitude of the bisphosphonate effect on cortical bone mineralization in postmenopausal osteoporotic patients

Barbara Misof Misof, S. Blouin, S. Lueger, E. P. Paschalis, Robert R. Recker, R. Phipps, K. Klaushofer, P. Roschger

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Purpose: To determine the effect of short- or long-term bisphosphonate treatment on cortical bone mineralization density distribution (BMDD). Methods: BMDD was assessed by quantitative backscatter electron imaging in postmenopausal osteoporosis: in paired transiliac biopsy samples (n=36) at baseline and after 3 years risedronate treatment from a clinical study, in transiliac biopsy samples from patients who were treated with either risedronate (n=31) or alendronate (n=68) for 3 to 7 years from an observational study. Outcomes were related to premenopausal reference data (n=73) and to histomorphometric mineralizing surface per bone surface (MS/BS). Results: In the clinical study, patients with lower (below cohort median) MS/BS had normal cortical CaMean at baseline. After 3 years risedronate, their CaMean was not different versus baseline but increased versus reference (+2.9%, p=0.003). Among the groups of the observational study, CaMean did not exceed reference level, was similar for alendronate versus risedronate and similar between 3 to 5 years versus longer than 5 years treatment duration. Conclusion: Baseline bone mineralizing surface appears to be important for the effect of bisphosphonate on cortical bone mineralization. In patients with lower baseline MS/BS, level of mineralization after treatment can exceed reference level. Whether this is beneficial in the long-term is unknown.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)183-191
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Musculoskeletal Neuronal Interactions
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2017


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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

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