Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors have shown to be associated with an increased risk of fractures. It has been suggested that circulating serotonin is an important regulatory factor and that estrogen may regulate bone metabolism through the serotonin pathway.
Our objective was to determine the association between plasma serotonin level and bone turnover before and after hormone therapy (HT) in postmenopausal women.
In this parallel comparative study using age-matched controls, 80 postmenopausal women (21 control, 59 receiving HT) aged 46-64 yr were assessed. The plasma levels of serotonin, serum concentrations of osteocalcin and carboxyterminal telopeptides, and bone mineral density (BMD) were measured at baseline and after 3 months and 1 yr of HT.
The plasma serotonin level was significantly correlated with serum total alkaline phosphatase level at baseline (r = -0.223, P = 0.048) but not with serum osteocalcin (r = -0.217, P = 0.056) or carboxyterminal telopeptides (r = -0.217, P = 0.054). There was no significant association between baseline serotonin and BMD measured at the spine or femur. The median decrements of circulating serotonin from baseline were -9.3% (interquartile range -34.0 to 53.6%) and -7.2% (-25.5 to 64.5%) at 3 months and 1 yr of HT, respectively. These changes were not significantly different from those in the control group. The short-term changes of circulating serotonin at 3 months after HT did not show significant association with the changes in BMD measured at the lumbar spine or proximal femur 1 year after HT.
Our results suggest that circulating serotonin may reflect bone turnover status, but it is not a strong enough predictor of bone loss to use as a bone marker. Moreover, serial measurements of plasma serotonin after short-term treatment with estrogen cannot predict the long-term responsiveness of bone to estrogen, suggesting that the bone-preserving effect of estrogen is independent of the peripheral action of serotonin on bone.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Neurotransmitter regulation of bone metabolism has been a subject of increasing interest and investigation. We reported previously that osteoblastic cells express a functional serotonin (5-HT) signal transduction system, with mechanisms for responding to and regulating uptake of 5-HT. The clonal murine osteocytic cell line, MLO-Y4, demonstrates expression of the serotonin transporter (5-HTT), and the 5-HT1A, and 5-HT2A receptors by real-time RT-PCR and immunoblot analysis. Immunohistochemistry using antibodies for the 5-HTT, and the 5-HT1A and 5-HT2A receptors reveals expression of all three proteins in both osteoblasts and osteocytes in rat tibia. 5-HTT binding sites were demonstrated in the MLO-Y4 cells with nanomolar affinity for the stable cocaine analog [125I]RTI-55. Imipramine and fluoxetine, antagonists with specificity for 5-HTT, show the highest potency to antagonize [125I]RTI-55 binding in the MLO-Y4 cells. GBR-12935, a relatively selective dopamine transporter antagonist, had a much lower potency, as did desipramine, a selective norepinephrine transporter antagonist. The maximal [3H]5-HT uptake rate in MLO-Y4 cells was 2.85 pmol/15 min/well, with a Km value of 290 nM. Imipramine and fluoxetine inhibited specific [3H]5-HT uptake with IC50 values in the nanomolar range. 5-HT rapidly stimulated PGE2 release from MLO-Y4 cells; the EC50 for 5-HT was 0.1 microM, with a 3-fold increase seen at 60 min. The rate-limiting enzyme for serotonin synthesis, tryptophan hydroxylase, is expressed in MLO-Y4 cells as well as osteoblastic MC3T3-E1 cells. Thus, osteocytes, as well as osteoblasts, are capable of 5-HT synthesis, and express functional receptor and transporter components of the 5-HT signal transduction system.
Bone 01/2007; 39(6):1313-21. DOI:10.1016/j.bone.2006.06.009 · 3.97 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Neurotransmitter regulation of bone metabolism has been the subject of increasing interest and investigation. Because serotonin (5-HT) plays a role as a regulator of craniofacial morphogenesis, we investigated the expression and function of 5-HT receptors and the 5-HT transporter (5-HTT) in bone. Primary cultures of rat osteoblasts (rOB) and a variety of clonal osteoblastic cell lines, including ROS 17/2.8, UMR 106-H5, and Py1a, showed mRNA expression for 5-HTT as well as the 5-HT(1A), 5-HT(1D), 5-HT(2A), and 5-HT(2B) receptors by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) analysis. Protein expression of the 5-HT(1A), 5-HT(2A), and 5-HT(2B) receptors was confirmed by immunoblot. 5-HTT binding sites were assessed in ROS 17/2.8 and UMR 106-H5 cells by binding of the stable cocaine analog [125I]RTI-55, which showed a relatively high density of nanomolar affinity binding sites. Imipramine and fluoxetine, antagonists with specificity for 5-HTT, showed the highest potency to antagonize [125I]RTI-55 binding in ROS and UMR cells. GBR-12935, a relatively selective dopamine transporter antagonist, had a much lower potency, as did desipramine, a selective norepinephrine transporter antagonist. The maximal [3H]5-HT uptake rate in ROS cells was 110 pmol/10 min per well, with a K(m) value of 1.13 micromol/L. Imipramine and fluoxetine inhibited specific [3H]5-HT uptake with IC(50) values in the nanomolar range. In normal differentiating rOB cultures, 5-HTT functional activity was observed initially at day 25, and activity increased almost eightfold by day 31. In mature rOB cultures, the estimated density of [125I]RTI-55 binding sites was 600 fmol/mg protein. Functional downregulation of transporter activity was assessed after PMA treatment, which caused a significant 40% reduction in the maximal uptake rate of [3H]5-HT, an effect that was prevented by pretreatment with staurosporine. The affinity of 5-HT for the transporter was significantly increased following PMA treatment. We assessed the functional significance of expression of the 5-HT receptors by investigating the interaction between 5-HT and parathyroid hormone (PTH) signaling. 5-HT potentiates the PTH-induced increase in AP-1 activity in UMR cells. These results demonstrate that osteoblastic cells express a functional serotonin system, with mechanisms for responding to and regulating uptake of 5-HT.
Bone 12/2001; 29(5):477-86. DOI:10.1016/S8756-3282(01)00593-2 · 3.97 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Biochemical markers of bone turnover are used increasingly during the clinical development of drugs for the treatment of metabolic bone diseases such as Paget's disease, osteoporosis and cancer that has metastasised to the bone. However, assessing the optimal value of these markers is often complicated, and such an assessment is an obvious prerequisite for rational use of the markers and, consequently, potential improvement of clinical drug development. Biochemical markers of bone turnover are substances in the blood or urine that are produced or released during bone remodelling. They provide semiquantitative information on bone remodelling, and are often the most adequate tool to describe the pharmacodynamics of the drug. Their use has increased considerably because of dose-effect relationships that have been seen with certain drugs, but also because they have proven relationships with clinical outcomes in several metabolic bone diseases. However, there is a lack of information on the kinetics of these markers, and the immunoassays that are frequently used in their monitoring often measure a mixture of fragments rather than a single molecular entity. For drug development it should also be realised that different markers, but also different assays for the same marker, may provide different results, considerably limiting the ability to compare results. In postmenopausal osteoporosis, relationships have been shown between several biochemical markers of bone turnover, and either fracture risk and/or the antifracture efficacy of drugs. Such relationships can be used for the development of drugs with similar mechanisms of action, but also for the development of these drugs for closely related indications, such as corticosteroid-induced osteoporosis. In both of these instances, data on effects on biochemical markers of bone turnover are usually employed in combination with information about effects on bone mineral density. However, the relationships of these parameters with clinical outcomes may be remarkably different for drugs with alternative mechanisms of action, challenging the use of the markers for the development of new drugs for the treatment of patients with osteoporosis. At present, the pharmacological treatment of cancer that has metastasised to the bone is limited to several bisphosphonates. Recent studies have shown relationships between the normalisation of levels of biochemical markers of bone turnover and clinical outcomes, and prospective studies investigating the application of such relationships are ongoing. The markers may play an important role in the optimisation of registered bisphosphonate treatments. However, their role in the development of new drugs is still limited to dose selection, and potential relationships with clinical outcomes remain to be investigated in instances of new mechanisms of action. Biochemical markers of bone turnover are a valuable asset for drug development, but their rational use is determined by a number of variables. Correctly manipulating these may improve clinical development of drugs for the treatment of patients with metabolic bone diseases such as osteoporosis and cancer metastatic to the bone.
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