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Cooper C.,University of Southampton | Reginster J.-Y.,University of Liège | Chapurlat R.,Service de Rhumatologie et Pathologie Osseuse | Christiansen C.,CCBR-SYNARC | And 7 more authors.
Current Medical Research and Opinion | Year: 2012

Objective: The osteoporosis drug strontium ranelate dissociates bone remodelling processes. It also inhibits subchondral bone resorption and stimulates cartilage matrix formation in vitro. Exploratory studies in the osteoporosis trials report that strontium ranelate reduces biomarkers of cartilage degradation, and attenuates the progression and clinical symptoms of spinal osteoarthritis, suggesting symptom-and structure-modifying activity in osteoarthritis. We describe the rationale and design of a randomised trial evaluating the efficacy and safety of strontium ranelate in knee osteoarthritis. Research design, methods, and results: This double-blind, placebo-controlled trial (98 centres, 18 countries) includes ambulatory Caucasian men and women aged ≥50 years with primary knee osteoarthritis of the medial tibiofemoral compartment (Kellgren and Lawrence grade 2 or 3), joint space width (JSW) 2.5 to 5mm, and knee pain on most days in the previous month (intensity ≥40mm on a visual analogue scale). Patients are randomly allocated to three groups (strontium ranelate 1 or 2g/day, or placebo). Follow-up is expected to last 3 years. The primary endpoint is radiographic change in JSW from baseline in each group versus placebo. The main clinical secondary endpoint is WOMAC score at the knee. Safety is assessed at every visit. It is estimated that 1600 patients are required to establish statistical significance with power >90% (0.2mm ±10% between-group difference in change in JSW over 3 years). Recruitment started in April 2006. The results are expected in spring 2012. Clinical trial registration: The trial is registered on www.controlled-trials.com (number ISRCTN41323372). Conclusions: This randomised, double blind, placebo-controlled study will establish the potential of strontium ranelate in improving structure and symptoms in patients with knee osteoarthritis. © 2012 Informa UK Ltd.


Reginster J.-Y.,University of Liège | Bellamy N.,University of Queensland | Bensen W.,McMaster University | Chapurlat R.,University of Lyon | And 8 more authors.
Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases | Year: 2013

Background: Strontium ranelate is currently used for osteoporosis. The international, double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled Strontium ranelate Efficacy in Knee OsteoarthrItis triAl evaluated its effect on radiological progression of knee osteoarthritis. Methods: Patients with knee osteoarthritis (Kellgren and Lawrence grade 2 or 3, and joint space width (JSW) 2.5-5 mm) were randomly allocated to strontium ranelate 1 g/day (n=558), 2 g/day (n=566) or placebo (n=559). The primary endpoint was radiographical change in JSW (medial tibiofemoral compartment) over 3 years versus placebo. Secondary endpoints included radiological progression, Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC) score, and knee pain. The trial is registered (ISRCTN41323372). Results: The intention-to-treat population included 1371 patients. Treatment with strontium ranelate was associated with smaller degradations in JSW than placebo (1 g/day: -0.23 (SD 0.56) mm; 2 g/day: -0.27 (SD 0.63) mm; placebo: -0.37 (SD 0.59) mm); treatment-placebo differences were 0.14 (SE 0.04), 95% CI 0.05 to 0.23, p<0.001 for 1 g/day and 0.10 (SE 0.04), 95% CI 0.02 to 0.19, p=0.018 for 2 g/day. Fewer radiological progressors were observed with strontium ranelate (p<0.001 and p=0.012 for 1 and 2 g/day). There were greater reductions in total WOMAC score (p=0.045), pain subscore (p=0.028), physical function subscore (p=0.099) and knee pain (p=0.065) with strontium ranelate 2 g/day. Strontium ranelate was well tolerated. Conclusions: Treatment with strontium ranelate 1 and 2 g/day is associated with a significant effect on structure in patients with knee osteoarthritis, and a beneficial effect on symptoms for strontium ranelate 2 g/day.


Marques J.,Copenhagen University | Genant H.K.,CCBR-SYNARC | Genant H.K.,University of California at San Francisco | Lillholm M.,Biomediq | Dam E.B.,Biomediq
Magnetic Resonance in Medicine | Year: 2013

A longitudinal study was used to investigate the quantification of osteoarthritis and prediction of tibial cartilage loss by analysis of the tibia trabecular bone from magnetic resonance images of knees. The Kellgren Lawrence (KL) grades were determined by radiologists and the levels of cartilage loss were assessed by a segmentation process. Aiming to quantify and potentially capture the structure of the trabecular bone anatomy, a machine learning approach used a set of texture features for training a classifier to recognize the trabecular bone of a knee with radiographic osteoarthritis. Using cross-validation, the bone structure marker was used to estimate for each knee both the probability of having radiographic osteoarthritis (KL >1) and the probability of rapid cartilage volume loss. The diagnostic ability reached a median area under the receiver-operator-characteristics curve of 0.92 (P < 0.0001), and the prognosis had odds ratio of 3.9 (95% confidence interval: 2.4-6.5). The medians of cartilage loss of the subjects classified as slow and rapid progressors were 1.1% and 4.9% per year, respectively. A preliminary radiological reading of the high and low risk knees put forward an hypothesis of which pathologies the bone marker could be capturing to define the prognosis of cartilage loss. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.


PubMed | University of Queensland, University of Sheffield, Medical University of Graz, University of Western Australia and 20 more.
Type: | Journal: Bone | Year: 2014

Vertebral fracture risk is a heritable complex trait. The aim of this study was to identify genetic susceptibility factors for osteoporotic vertebral fractures applying a genome-wide association study (GWAS) approach. The GWAS discovery was based on the Rotterdam Study, a population-based study of elderly Dutch individuals aged >55years; and comprising 329 cases and 2,666 controls with radiographic scoring (McCloskey-Kanis) and genetic data. Replication of one top-associated SNP was pursued by de-novo genotyping of 15 independent studies across Europe, the United States, Australia and one Asian study. Radiographic vertebral fracture assessment was performed using McCloskey-Kanis or Genant semi-quantitative definitions. SNPs were analyzed in relation to vertebral fracture using logistic regression models corrected for age and sex. Fixed effects inverse variance and Han-Eskin alternative random effects meta-analyses were applied. Genome-wide significance was set at P<5x10


Contie S.,French Institute of Health and Medical Research | Contie S.,CCBR-SYNARC | Voorzanger-Rousselot N.,CCBR-SYNARC | Litvin J.,Temple University | And 3 more authors.
International Journal of Cancer | Year: 2011

Periostin, a matricellular protein, is overexpressed in the stroma of several cancers. The aim of our study was to investigate more specifically whether periostin expression is associated with bone metastases from breast cancer and to determine its source in the affected bone. Nude mice were inoculated with human MDA-B02 breast cancer cells. Bone metastases-bearing mice were treated with zoledronic acid-an antiresorptive drug-or vehicle. Bone metastases were examined for tumor- and stroma-derived periostin expression by quantitative polymerase chain reaction with human- and mouse-specific primers and immunohistochemistry. Serum periostin and conventional bone turnover markers were also measured. MDA-B02 cells did not express periostin both in vitro and in vivo. However, mouse-derived periostin was markedly overexpressed (eightfold) in metastatic legs compared to noninoculated mice. Serum periostin levels were also markedly increased in metastatic mice and correlated with in situ expression levels. Immunostaining showed that periostin derived from the environing stromal cells of bone metastasis. Bone turnover blockade by zoledronic acid markedly decreased osteolytic lesions but only slightly modulated serum periostin levels. Bone metastases from breast cancer induce overexpression of periostin by surrounding stromal cells. Periostin could be a biochemical marker of the early stromal response associated to breast cancer bone metastasis formation. Copyright © 2010 UICC.


Contie S.,French Institute of Health and Medical Research | Contie S.,CCBR-SYNARC | Voorzanger-Rousselot N.,CCBR-SYNARC | Litvin J.,Temple University | And 5 more authors.
Calcified Tissue International | Year: 2010

Periostin is a gamma-carboxyglutamic acid protein preferentially expressed in periosteum and bone mesenchymal stem cells. Lack of a precise assay for measuring circulating levels impairs the investigation of its biological significance. We developed a new ELISA and studied changes of periostin levels both locally at the bone site and systemically in circulating blood during growth and after bisphosphonate-induced inhibition of bone remodeling in the mouse. The ELISA we developed is based on an affinity-purified polyclonal antibody that was raised against the C-terminal sequence of mouse periostin. Reproducibility, repeatability, precision, and accuracy tests met standards of acceptance. Serum periostin and levels of the bone turnover markers osteocalcin, PINP, CTX-I, and TRAP5b were measured in (1) 4-, 6-, 8-, 10-, and 12-week-old wild-type female Balb/c mice and (2) adult ovariectomized female Balb/c mice treated with zoledronic acid or vehicle. Serum periostin decreased during growth and stabilized from 8 weeks and older, its levels correlating with bone turnover markers. Immunohistochemistry in bones from different growth stages showed that periostin localized specifically at the sites of endochondral and intramembranous ossification, especially at the periosteal envelopes. Zoledronic acid induced a marked decrease in bone remodeling markers but did not alter serum periostin levels or periostin immunostaining pattern. The novel ELISA is highly specific and allows accurate and precise measurements of serum periostin levels in mice. © 2010 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.


Wang L.,NovaBay Pharmaceuticals | Belisle B.,NovaBay Pharmaceuticals | Belisle B.,CCBR-SYNARC | Bassiri M.,NovaBay Pharmaceuticals | And 9 more authors.
Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy | Year: 2011

During oxidative burst, neutrophils selectively generate HOCl to destroy invading microbial pathogens. Excess HOCl reacts with taurine, a semi-essential amino acid, resulting in the formation of the longer-lived biogenerated broad-spectrum antimicrobial agent, N-chlorotaurine (NCT). In the presence of an excess of HOCl or under moderately acidic conditions, NCT can be further chlorinated, or it can disproportionate to produce N, N-dichlorotaurine (NNDCT). In the present study, 2,2-dimethyltaurine was used to prepare a more stable N-chlorotaurine, namely, N, N-dichloro-2,2-dimethyltaurine (NVC-422). In addition, we report on the chemical characterization, in vitro antimicrobial properties, and cytotoxicity of this compound. NVC-422 was shown effectively to kill all 17 microbial strains tested, including antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Enterococcus faecium. The minimum bactericidal concentration of NVC-422 against Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria ranged from 0.12 to 4 μg/ml. The minimum fungicidal concentrations against Candida albicans and Candida glabrata were 32 and 16 μg/ml, respectively. NVC-422 has an in vitro cytotoxicity (50% cytotoxicity = 1,440 μg/ml) similar to that of NNDCT. Moreover, our data showed that this agent possesses rapid, pH-dependent antimicrobial activity. At pH 4, NVC-422 completely killed both Escherichia coli and S. aureus within 5 min at a concentration of 32 μg/ml. Finally, the effect of NVC-422 in the treatment of an E. coli-infected granulating wound rat model was evaluated. Treatment of the infected granulating wound with NVC-422 resulted in significant reduction of the bacterial tissue burden and faster wound healing compared to a saline-treated control. These findings suggest that NVC-422 could have potential application as a topical antimicrobial. Copyright © 2011, American Society for Microbiology. All Rights Reserved.


Henriksen K.,Nordic Bioscience A S | Bohren K.M.,and Hills Inc. | Bay-Jensen A.C.,Nordic Bioscience A S | Karsdal M.A.,Nordic Bioscience A S | And 2 more authors.
Biomarkers | Year: 2010

The success in biomedical sciences such as genomics and proteomics is not paralleled in the medical product development methods. The consequence of this is a lack of translation into improved drug safety and efficacy. Therefore the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) introduced the Critical Path Initiative in 2004 to modernize drug development and safety pharmacology. Bone is that largest tissue by weight, and is continuously remodelled. Changes in bone turnover lead to complications such as osteoporosis and fracture, that is associated with an increased mortality. Recent findings have identified bone as a possible endocrine organ and the availability of valid biochemical bone markers suggests that assessing bone turnover should also play an important role in general safety pharmacology. © 2010 Informa UK Ltd.


Henriksen K.,Nordic Bioscience Biomarkers and Research | Wang Y.,Nordic Bioscience | Sorensen M.G.,Nordic Bioscience Biomarkers and Research | Barascuk N.,Nordic Bioscience Biomarkers and Research | And 8 more authors.
PLoS ONE | Year: 2013

Objective:Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a devastating neurological disease characterized by pathological proteolytic cleavage of tau protein, which appears to initiate death of the neurons. The objective of this study was to investigate whether a proteolytic fragment of the tau protein could serve as blood-based biomarker of cognitive function in AD.Methods:We developed a highly sensitive ELISA assay specifically detecting an A Disintegrin and Metalloproteinase 10 (ADAM10)-generated fragment of tau (Tau-A). We characterized the assay in detail with to respect specificity and reactivity in healthy human serum. We used samples from the Tg4510 tau transgenic mice, which over-express the tau mutant P301L and exhibit a tauopathy with similarities to that observed in AD. We used serum samples from 21 well-characterized Alzheimer's patients, and we correlated the Tau-A levels to cognitive function.Results:The Tau-A ELISA specifically detected the cleavage sequence at the N-terminus of a fragment of tau generated by ADAM10 with no cross-reactivity to intact tau or brain extracts. In brain extracts from Tg4510 mice compared to wt controls we found 10-fold higher levels of Tau-A (p<0.001), which indicates a pathological relevance of this marker. In serum from healthy individuals we found robust and reproducible levels of Tau-A, indicating that the analyte is present in serum. In serum from AD patients an inverse correlation (R2 = 0.46, p<0.001) between the cognitive assessment score (Mattis Dementia Rating Scale (MDRS)) and Tau-A levels was observed.Conclusion:Based on the hypothesis that tau is cleaved proteolytically and then released into the blood, we here provide evidence for the presence of an ADAM10-generated tau fragment (Tau-A) in serum. In addition, the levels of Tau-A showed an inverse correlation to cognitive function, which could indicate that this marker is a serum marker with pathological relevance for AD. © 2013 Henriksen et al.

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