Inhibitors of cyclo-oxygenase-2 and secretory phospholipase A2 preserve bone architecture following ovariectomy in adult rats
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Epidemiological evidence and in vitro data suggest that COX-2 is a key regulator of accelerated remodeling. Accelerated states of osteoblast and osteoclast activity are regulated by prostaglandins in vitro, but experimental evidence for specific roles of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) and secretory phospholipase A2 (sPLA2) in activated states of remodeling in vivo is lacking. The aim of this study was to determine the effect of specific inhibitors of sPLA2-IIa and COX-2 on bone remodeling activated by estrogen deficiency in adult female rats. One hundred and twentyfour adult female Wistar rats were ovariectomized (OVX) or sham-operated. Rats commenced treatment 14 days after surgery with either vehicle, a COX-2 inhibitor (DFU at 0.02 mg/kg/day and 2.0 mg/kg/day) or a sPLA2-group-IIa inhibitor (KH064 at 0.4 mg/kg/day and 4.0 mg/kg/day). Treatment continued daily until rats were sacrificed at 70 days or 98 days post-OVX. The right tibiae were harvested, fixed and embedded in methylmethacrylate for structural histomorphometric bone analysis at the proximal tibial metaphysis. The specific COX-2 or sPLA2 inhibitors prevented ovariectomy-induced (OVX-induced) decreases in trabecular connectivity (P < 0.05); suppressed the acceleration of bone resorption; and maintained bone turnover at SHAM levels following OVX in the rat. The sPLA2 inhibitor significantly suppressed increases in osteoclast surface induced by OVX (P b 0.05), while the effect of COX-2 inhibition was less marked. These findings demonstrate that inhibitors of COX-2 and sPLA2-IIa can effectively suppress OVX-induced bone loss in the adult rat by conserving trabecular bone mass and architecture through reduced bone remodeling and decreased resorptive activity. Moreover, we report an important role of sPLA2-IIa in osteoclastogenesis that may be independent of the COX-2 metabolic pathway in the OVX rat in vivo.