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Kelly, O,Cusack, S,Cashman, KD;
2003
March
British Journal of Nutrition
The effect of bovine whey protein on ectopic bone formation in young growing rats
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bone formation ectopic bone whey protein rats GROWTH-FACTOR-I MILK BASIC-PROTEIN OSTEOBLASTIC MC3T3-E1 CELLS OVARIECTOMIZED RATS MEASURE PYRIDINOLINE INTERNAL STANDARD CONTROLLED TRIAL METABOLISM CALCIUM RESORPTION
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The beneficial effect of bovine whey protein (WP) on bone metabolism has been shown in adult human subjects and ovariectomised rats. However, its effect on bone formation in earlier life, particularly during periods of bone mineral accrual, has not been investigated. Twenty-one male rats (4 weeks old, Wistar strain) were randomised by weight into three groups of seven rats each and fed ad libitum on a semi-purified low-Ca diet (3.0 g Ca/kg diet) containing 0 (control), 10 (diet WP1) or 20 (diet WP2) g bovine WP/kg for 47 d. On day 34 of the dietary intervention, all rats had two gelatine capsules containing demineralised bone powder implanted subcutaneously in the thorax region (a well-established in vivo model of ectopic bone formation). At 14 d after implantation, alkaline phosphatase activity (reflective of bone formation) in the bone implants from animals fed WP1 and -2 diets was almost 2-fold (P< 0.01) that of control animals. Insulin-like growth factor (IGF)-I mRNA levels were about 3-fold (P<0.05) higher in implants from animals fed the WP diets compared with those from control animals. Serum- and urine-based biomarkers of bone metabolism and bone mineral composition in intact femora were unaffected by WP supplementation. In conclusion, the present findings suggest that bovine WP can enhance the rate of ectopic bone formation in young growing rats fed a Ca-restricted diet. This effect may be mediated by an increased synthesis of IGF-I in growing bone. The effect of WP on bone formation warrants further investigation.
DOI 10.1079/BJN2003937
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