Biochemical markers of bone metabolism in growing thoroughbreds : A longitudinal study

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Author(s)

  • J. S. Price
  • B. F. Jackson
  • J. A. Gray
  • P. A. Harris
  • I. M. Wright
  • S. P. Robins
  • R. Eastell
  • S. W. Ricketts

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-44
Journal / PublicationResearch in Veterinary Science
Volume71
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

This study describes longitudinal changes in serum levels of biochemical markers of bone cell activity in a group of 24 thoroughbred foals from birth to 18 months of age. The markers of bone formation included the type I collagen carboxy-terminal propeptide (PICP), the bone-specific isoenzyme of alkaline phosphatase (BAP), and osteocalcin (OC). Levels of the cross-linked telopeptide of type I collagen (ICTP), a marker of bone resorption, and the N-terminal propeptide of type III collagen (PNIIIP), a marker of soft tissue turnover, were also measured. Levels of all markers fell significantly between birth and 18 months of age (70-80 per cent); this decrease being most marked between 0 and 6 months. However, a transient increase in levels of the markers then occurred between 6 and 14 months of age. The timing of this increase was specific for each parameter. ICTP and OC concentrations increased between October and December. PICP concentrations increased between December and April whereas the increase in PIIINP was coincident with the peak in weight gain between April and June. Changes in BAP concentration were less distinct at this time. Season was shown to have significant effects on the biochemical markers independent from the effect of age. Concentrations of all markers decreased with increasing body weight and at any given age heavier horses had lower marker levels. These results show that biochemical markers of bone cell activity and soft tissue turnover follow characteristic patterns of change in growing thoroughbreds influenced by age, season and bodyweight. The demonstration that the reference ranges for the biochemical markers change from month to month means that single samples from individuals are of little value for monitoring bone cell activity in growing thoroughbreds. © 2001 Harcourt Publishers Ltd.

Citation Format(s)

Biochemical markers of bone metabolism in growing thoroughbreds : A longitudinal study. / Price, J. S.; Jackson, B. F.; Gray, J. A.; Harris, P. A.; Wright, I. M.; Pfeiffer, D. U.; Robins, S. P.; Eastell, R.; Ricketts, S. W.

In: Research in Veterinary Science, Vol. 71, No. 1, 2001, p. 37-44.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review