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Preventive effect of crocin on osteoporosis in an ovariectomized rat model.

Cao PC, Xiao WX, Yan YB, Zhao X, Liu S, Feng J, Zhang W, Wang J, Feng YF, Lei W - Evid Based Complement Alternat Med (2014)

Bottom Line: Our results showed that crocin dose-dependently inhibited the BMD reduction of L4 vertebrae and femurs caused by OVX and prevented the deterioration of trabecular microarchitecture, which were accompanied by a significant decrease in skeletal remodeling as evidenced by the lower levels of bone turnover markers.Furthermore, crocin reversed the oxidative stress status in both serum and bone tissue.In brief, crocin is a natural alternative for postmenopausal osteoporosis treatment in elderly women.

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Affiliation: Department of Orthopaedics, Xijing Hospital, The Fourth Military Medical University, No. 127, West Changle Road, Xi'an, Shaanxi 710032, China.

ABSTRACT
The purpose of this study was to investigate the therapeutic effects of crocin on ovariectomy-induced osteoporosis in rats. Female Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly assigned to a sham-operated group (sham) and five ovariectomy (OVX) subgroups, that is, OVX with vehicle (OVX), OVX with 17β-estradiol (E 2, 25 μg/kg/day), and OVX with graded crocin doses (5, 10, or 20 mg/kg/day). Daily oral administration of E 2 or crocin started 4 weeks after OVX and lasted for 16 weeks. Our results showed that crocin dose-dependently inhibited the BMD reduction of L4 vertebrae and femurs caused by OVX and prevented the deterioration of trabecular microarchitecture, which were accompanied by a significant decrease in skeletal remodeling as evidenced by the lower levels of bone turnover markers. Furthermore, crocin reversed the oxidative stress status in both serum and bone tissue. The present study indicates that the administration of crocin at higher doses over a 16-week period can prevent OVX-induced osteoporosis in rats without hyperplastic effects on the uterus, which may, at least partially, be attributed to crocin's antioxidative property. In brief, crocin is a natural alternative for postmenopausal osteoporosis treatment in elderly women.

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Effects of crocin or E2 on BMD of (a) L4 vertebrae and (b) right femurs of OVX rats. Values are mean ± SD, n = 10. *P < 0.05 versus sham; #P < 0.05 versus OVX.
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fig2: Effects of crocin or E2 on BMD of (a) L4 vertebrae and (b) right femurs of OVX rats. Values are mean ± SD, n = 10. *P < 0.05 versus sham; #P < 0.05 versus OVX.

Mentions: The BMD of the L4 vertebrae and femurs is presented in Figure 2. These results demonstrate that OVX significantly decreased the BMD by 23.9% in the L4 vertebrae and by 25.6% in the femurs compared to the sham group (both P < 0.05). Compared to the OVX group, crocin treatment obviously prevented the BMD decrease in OVX-induced L4 vertebrae and femurs (all P < 0.05) in a dose-dependent manner. E2 also significantly increased the BMD of the L4 vertebrae and femurs (both P < 0.05), which was similar to that observed in the H-C crocin group (both P > 0.05).


Preventive effect of crocin on osteoporosis in an ovariectomized rat model.

Cao PC, Xiao WX, Yan YB, Zhao X, Liu S, Feng J, Zhang W, Wang J, Feng YF, Lei W - Evid Based Complement Alternat Med (2014)

Effects of crocin or E2 on BMD of (a) L4 vertebrae and (b) right femurs of OVX rats. Values are mean ± SD, n = 10. *P < 0.05 versus sham; #P < 0.05 versus OVX.
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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fig2: Effects of crocin or E2 on BMD of (a) L4 vertebrae and (b) right femurs of OVX rats. Values are mean ± SD, n = 10. *P < 0.05 versus sham; #P < 0.05 versus OVX.
Mentions: The BMD of the L4 vertebrae and femurs is presented in Figure 2. These results demonstrate that OVX significantly decreased the BMD by 23.9% in the L4 vertebrae and by 25.6% in the femurs compared to the sham group (both P < 0.05). Compared to the OVX group, crocin treatment obviously prevented the BMD decrease in OVX-induced L4 vertebrae and femurs (all P < 0.05) in a dose-dependent manner. E2 also significantly increased the BMD of the L4 vertebrae and femurs (both P < 0.05), which was similar to that observed in the H-C crocin group (both P > 0.05).

Bottom Line: Our results showed that crocin dose-dependently inhibited the BMD reduction of L4 vertebrae and femurs caused by OVX and prevented the deterioration of trabecular microarchitecture, which were accompanied by a significant decrease in skeletal remodeling as evidenced by the lower levels of bone turnover markers.Furthermore, crocin reversed the oxidative stress status in both serum and bone tissue.In brief, crocin is a natural alternative for postmenopausal osteoporosis treatment in elderly women.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Orthopaedics, Xijing Hospital, The Fourth Military Medical University, No. 127, West Changle Road, Xi'an, Shaanxi 710032, China.

ABSTRACT
The purpose of this study was to investigate the therapeutic effects of crocin on ovariectomy-induced osteoporosis in rats. Female Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly assigned to a sham-operated group (sham) and five ovariectomy (OVX) subgroups, that is, OVX with vehicle (OVX), OVX with 17β-estradiol (E 2, 25 μg/kg/day), and OVX with graded crocin doses (5, 10, or 20 mg/kg/day). Daily oral administration of E 2 or crocin started 4 weeks after OVX and lasted for 16 weeks. Our results showed that crocin dose-dependently inhibited the BMD reduction of L4 vertebrae and femurs caused by OVX and prevented the deterioration of trabecular microarchitecture, which were accompanied by a significant decrease in skeletal remodeling as evidenced by the lower levels of bone turnover markers. Furthermore, crocin reversed the oxidative stress status in both serum and bone tissue. The present study indicates that the administration of crocin at higher doses over a 16-week period can prevent OVX-induced osteoporosis in rats without hyperplastic effects on the uterus, which may, at least partially, be attributed to crocin's antioxidative property. In brief, crocin is a natural alternative for postmenopausal osteoporosis treatment in elderly women.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus