M C Chapuy

Unité Inserm U1077, Caen, Lower Normandy, France

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    ABSTRACT: To assess whether an interval of a few hours would be advisable between an intake of sodium fluoride (NaF) and that of calcium salts when treating osteoporotic patients with vertebral collapse, we carried out three pharmacokinetic studies in 12 healthy fasting volunteer subjects to compare the fluoride bioavailability provided by NaF alone and NaF combined with two calcium salts. The results were as follows: (1) When NaF is accompanied by calcium, the fluoride peak level is lower and delayed. (2) Fluoride absorption varied greatly among individuals in both experiments, but none of the 6 subjects proved to be nonabsorbers. (3) The areas under the curves obtained with each of the three preparations were not significantly different, but 24-h urinary fluoride was significantly lower in volunteers receiving simultaneously NaF and calcium salts than in volunteers receiving only NaF.
    No preview · Article · Mar 2010 · Journal of Bone and Mineral Research
  • P D Delmas · J Dupuis · F Duboeuf · M C Chapuy · P J Meunier
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    ABSTRACT: Eighty one women with vertebral osteoporosis were treated for up to 2 years with fluoride administered either as monofluorophosphate (MFP, 200 mg/day, i.e., 26.4 mg fluoride-ion) or sodium fluoride (NaF, 50 mg/day, i.e., 22.6 mg fluoride-ion). All patients received calcium supplementation (1 g of Ca2+/day) taken apart from NaF and in the same tablet for MFP. Despite almost similar fluoride dosage of both regimens, the early increase in the bone mineral density (BMD) of the lumbar spine was higher with MFP than with NaF, reaching 11% and 4%, respectively, at 1 year (p = 0.007), and 21% and 6%, respectively, at 18 months (p less than 0.001). The incidence of lower extremity pain syndrome related to benign stress microfractures was also higher with MFP than with NaF (35% and 15%, respectively, p less than 0.01). Urinary fluoride levels were higher in the MFP than in the NaF group (9.6 +/- 3.5 vs. 6.8 +/- 3.4 at one year, p = 0.003), suggesting that this difference in efficacy and tolerance is related to a better bioavailability of fluoride provided by MFP than by NaF. The occurrence of a stress microfracture could not be predicted by any clinical, biochemical, or densitometric parameter before treatment, but patients presenting with a stress microfracture during the course of the treatment had a higher gain in bone mass than those without stress fractures (at 1 yr+11 vs. +5%, p = 0.03 and at 18 months +18 vs. +6.9%, p less than 0.02). In conclusion, there is a clear correlation between the efficacy and the occurrence of side effects of fluoride therapy in osteoporosis.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)
    No preview · Article · Mar 2010 · Journal of Bone and Mineral Research
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    ABSTRACT: Histomorphometric analysis of undecalcified sections was performed in transiliac biopsy cores taken from 29 patients (16 men, 13 women, aged 51 +/- 17 years) suffering from skeletal fluorosis due to chronic exposure to fluoride. The origin of the exposure, known in 20 patients, was either by water (endemic or sporadic), or industrial, or in a few cases iatrogenic. Measured on calcified bone using a specific ion electrode, bone fluoride content was significantly high in each specimen (mean +/- SD: 0.79 +/- 0.36% of bone ash) as compared to control values (less than 0.10%). The radiologically evident osteosclerosis observed in each patient was confirmed by the significant increase of cancellous bone volume (40.1 +/- 11.2 vs. 19.0 +/- 2.8% in controls, p less than 0.0001). There were significant increases in cortical width (1292 +/- 395 vs. 934 +/- 173 microns, p less than 0.0001) and porosity (14.4 +/- 6.4 vs. 6.5 +/- 1.7%, p less than 0.002), but without reduction of cortical bone mass. Osteoid parameters were significantly increased in fluorotic patients. The increase in cancellous osteoid perimeter was almost threefold greater than that noted in cancellous eroded perimeter. The fluorotic group had a greater number of osteoblasts than controls, with a very high proportion of flat osteoblasts. In 15 patients doubly labeled with tetracycline, the mineral apposition rate was significantly decreased, while mineralization lag time significantly increased. Bone formation rate and adjusted apposition rate were significantly decreased in skeletal fluorosis. Cancellous wall width was normal in fluorosis but the formation period and active formation period were significantly increased.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)
    Full-text · Article · Mar 2010 · Journal of Bone and Mineral Research
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    ABSTRACT: The anabolic effects of sodium fluoride (NaF) on trabecular bone mass in osteoporosis is now well established. In vivo histologic studies performed in humans and other animals have shown that fluoride induces an increase in osteoblast number at the tissue level. To determine the mechanisms of action of fluoride on osteoblasts, we studied the effects of NaF on short- and long-term cultures of human osteoblastic cells derived from bone explants obtained from 21 donors. In short-term experiments, bone-derived cells were exposed to NaF for 4 days. At doses ranging from 10(-11) to 10(-5) M, NaF did not modify the alkaline phosphatase (AP) activity or osteocalcin secretion. In long-term experiments, half the bone samples from 15 donors were cultured for 4 months in the presence of 10(-5) M NaF and the other half were maintained in NaF-free medium. Observations by light and electron microscopy disclosed no morphologic modification in bone explants after 4 months of exposure to NaF, despite an increase in the bone fluoride content. After the first month of culture, slight but not significant increases were noted in 6 of 10 cases for AP activity, 4 of 10 for osteocalcin secretion, and 5 of 7 for [3H]thymidine incorporation. After 4 months of culture in the presence of NaF, no change in AP activity or cell proliferation was noted. In contrast, the osteocalcin secretion significantly decreased (p < 0.05).(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)
    No preview · Article · Dec 2009 · Journal of Bone and Mineral Research
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    ABSTRACT: Increased bone turnover has been suggested as a potential risk factor for osteoporotic fractures. We investigated this hypothesis in a prospective cohort study performed on 7598 healthy women more than 75 years of age. One hundred and twenty-six women (mean years 82.5) who sustained a hip fracture during a mean 22-month follow-up were age-matched with three controls who did not fracture. Baseline samples were collected prior to fracture for the measurement of two markers of bone formation and three urinary markers of bone resorption: type I collagen cross-linked N- (NTX) or C-telopeptide (CTX) and free deoxypyridinoline (free D-Pyr). Elderly women had increased bone formation and resorption compared with healthy premenopausal women. Urinary excretion of CTX and free D-Pyr, but not other markers, was higher in patients with hip fracture than in age-matched controls (p = 0.02 and 0.005, respectively). CTX and free D-Pyr excretion above the upper limit of the premenopausal range was associated with an increased hip fracture risk with an odds ratio (95% confidence interval) of 2.2 (1.3-3.6) and 1.9 (1.1-3.2), respectively, while markers of formation were not. Increased bone resorption predicted hip fracture independently of bone mass, i.e., after adjustment for femoral neck bone mineral density (BMD) and independently of mobility status assessed by the gait speed. Women with both a femoral BMD value of 2.5 SD or more below the mean of young adults and either high CTX or high free D-Pyr levels were at greater risk of hip fracture, with an odds ratio of 4.8 and 4.1, respectively, than those with only low BMD or high bone resorption. Elderly women are characterized by increased bone turnover, and some markers of bone resorption predict the subsequent risk of hip fracture independently of hip BMD. Combining the measurement of BMD and bone resorption may be useful to improve the assessment of the risk of hip fracture in elderly women.
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    ABSTRACT: We previously showed that circulating undercarboxylated osteocalcin (ucOC) is elevated in elderly women and is a powerful marker of the subsequent risk of hip fracture in elderly institutionalized women (J Clin Invest 1993; 91:1769). To investigate the relationship between bone mass and ucOC, we measured bone mineral density (BMD) of the hip with dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry in 98 elderly institutionalized women, 81.4 +/- 6.0 years old. ucOC was negatively correlated with BMD at all sites (r = -0.26 to -0.38, p < 0.001 to p < 0.0001), even after exclusion of the effect of age by partial correlation (for the femoral neck, r = -0.26, p < 0.01) and after controlling for serum parathyroid hormone. BMD was significantly lower at all sites of measurement in women with elevated ucOC (> 1.65 ng/ml, upper limit of the normal range in young women) than in those with normal ucOC (for the neck, 0.58 +/- 0.13 versus 0.43 +/- 0.13 g/cm2, p < 0.001). Similar results were obtained for ucOC expressed as the fraction of total OC (ucOC%). Multiple regression showed that ucOC has the highest predictive value for BMD when including age and body weight in the equation. In summary, our data indicate that serum ucOC is an independent determinant of BMD of the hip in elderly women. The mechanism by which serum ucOC is related to bone mass is unclear and should be addressed in further studies. However, our data suggest that ucOC level may be an interesting marker in the investigation of bone status in the elderly.
    No preview · Article · Oct 2009 · Journal of Bone and Mineral Research
  • Georges Boivin · Marie‐Claire Chapuy · Charles A. Baud · Pierre J. Meunier
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    ABSTRACT: The major part of fluoride ingested is fixed on calcified tissues, mainly in bone tissue, and then is progressively but slowly recycled during bone remodeling. Thus, the measurement of bone fluoride content allows the determination of the extent of bone fluoride retention, and this parameter constitutes a useful complement to bone histology for the diagnosis of skeletal fluorosis and could also be used for the management of fluoride treatment of osteoporosis. A simple method is described to measure the fluoride content in calcined human iliac bone samples. Bone ashes were diluted in perchloric acid, and the measurement of the bone fluoride content was performed using a specific ion electrode combined with a reference electrode. Reference values are given for bone tissue from 76 control subjects (0.08 +/- 0.05% of bone ash), from two groups of 117 and 102 untreated osteoporotic patients (0.05 +/- 0.03% and 0.08 +/- 0.05%, respectively), from 166 sodium fluoride-treated osteoporotic patients (mean bone fluoride content varying from 0.24 to 0.67%, depending on the duration of therapy), and from 96 patients showing typical skeletal fluorosis (mean bone fluoride content varying from 0.56 to 1.33%, depending on the etiology of fluorosis and the relationship with the amount of fluoride ingested as well as with the duration of fluoride exposure). During a prolonged exposure of adult bone tissue to fluoride, the early bone fluoride uptake is variable and depends on the remodeling activity; then it increases rapidly before becoming more or less stable at a maximum level.
    No preview · Article · Oct 2009 · Journal of Bone and Mineral Research
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    ABSTRACT: To evaluate the potential role of aluminum (Al) in a subset of dialysis patients with aplastic bone disease, we have studied tetracycline-labeled bone biopsies of 32 patients (22 males and 10 females, 45-73 years) on maintenance hemodialysis. Selection criteria included normal resorption surfaces (RS) and osteoid thickness. Eleven patients (Group I) had no stainable bone Al (Al-; 61.7 +/- 7.2 years) and 21 (Group II) had stainable bone Al (Al+; 57.7 +/- 6.8 years). Serum Al was normal to slightly elevated in Group I, but significantly higher in Group II (p less than 0.01). Al surfaces (AlS), undetectable in Group I, were 67.8 +/- 17.9% in Group II. Bone Al content (BAC) was much lower in Group I than in Group II (14.8 +/- 3.7 vs. 113.8 +/- 100.2 micrograms/g, p less than 0.01), but higher in Group I than in controls (p less than 0.05). Extensive thin osteoid seams were present in Group II. AlS was correlated with OS (r = 0.56, p less than 0.001) and OV (r = 0.48, p less than 0.01). Labeled surfaces were decreased in both groups. Labeled osteoid surfaces (TLS/OS) were below 2 SD of the mean control values in 96% of patients and calcification rate (CR) was depressed below 0.20 micros/day in 44% of patients. Bone formation rate (BFR) was strikingly depressed, values being below one SD of the mean control value in 92-100% of patients at both levels and below 2 SD of the mean in 82% of patients at BMU levels. Mineralization lag time (OMP) was markedly prolonged above 2 SD of controls in 89% of patients.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)
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    ABSTRACT: Changes of bone turnover with aging are responsible for bone loss and play a major role in osteoporosis. Although an increase of bone turnover has been documented at the time of menopause, the subsequent abnormalities of bone resorption and formation and their potential role in determining bone mass in the elderly have not been investigated. To address this issue, we have measured a battery of new sensitive and specific markers of bone turnover in a population-based study of 653 healthy women analyzed cross-sectionally, including 432 women postmenopausal from 1 to 40 years, and the data were correlated with bone mineral density (BMD) measured by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) at different skeletal sites. Bone formation was assessed by serum osteocalcin (OC), serum bone-specific alkaline phosphatase (B-ALP), serum C-propeptide of type I collagen (PICP), and bone resorption by the urinary excretion of two pyridinoline cross-linked peptides (NTX and CTX). Bone turnover increased in perimenopausal women with both irregular menses and elevated serum follicle stimulating hormone (FSH). Menopause induced a 37-52% and 79-97% increase in the bone formation and bone resorption marker levels, respectively (p < 0.0001 except for PICP). In postmenopausal women, bone formation markers did not decrease with age. When resorption markers were corrected by whole body bone mineral content (BMC), the fraction of bone resorbed per day was not correlated with age in postmenopausal women and remained elevated for up to 40 years after menopause. In premenopausal women, the bone turnover rate accounted for only 0-10% of the variation in whole body BMC, total hip, distal radius, and lumbar spine BMD. With increasing time after menopause, the importance of the bone turnover rate as a determinant of bone mass increased at all sites and accounted for up to 52% of the BMD variance in elderly women. Thus, in women 20 years or more postmenopause, bone turnover was higher in those in the lowest quartile than in those in the highest quartile of BMD. In elderly women, 20 years since menopause and over, but not in younger ones, serum PTH was negatively correlated with serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (r = -0.22, p < 0.05) and explained only 5-8% of the bone turnover variance (p < 0.01-0.001). These data indicate that the overall rates of both bone formation and bone resorption remain high in elderly women. The rate of bone turnover appears to play an increasing role as a determinant of bone mass with increasing time since menopause with a high bone turnover rate being associated with a low bone mass. Thus assessing bone marker levels may be useful in the evaluation of osteoporosis risk. In elderly women, secondary hyperparathyroidism caused in part by reduced serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D appears to be a marginal determinant of an increased bone turnover rate.
    No preview · Article · Mar 2009 · Journal of Bone and Mineral Research
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    ABSTRACT: PurposeThe aim of this study was to test the influence of phototype and vitamin D status feature on the bone mineral density (BMD) of the femoral neck in a group of middle-aged women considered at risk of osteoporosis (low levels of vitamin D [25(OH)D336 pg/mL]).
    No preview · Article · May 2006 · La Revue de Médecine Interne
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  • P Szulc · F Munoz · F Marchand · M C Chapuy · P D Delmas
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    ABSTRACT: We investigated the role of vitamin D and of parathyroid hormone (PTH) in the regulation of bone mineral density (BMD), tone dimensions and seasonal variation of bone turnover in 881 men aged 19-85 years. Bone mineral content (BMC) and BMD of the lumbar spine, hip and whole body were measured with HOLOGIC 1000W and those of distal forearm with an OSTEOMETER DTX 100 device. Bone formation was evaluated using osteocalcin, bone alkaline phosphatase and N-terminal extension propeptide of type I collagen (PINP). Bone resorption was evaluated by 24-hour excretion of deoxypyridinoline and of C-terminal telopeptide of collagen type I. In young men (< 55 yrs) PTH level decreased with age (r = -0.18, P < 0.005) whereas 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25OHD) concentration was stable. In older men (> 55 years) 25OHD decreased whereas PTH increased with age (r = -0.27 and r = 0.21, P = 0.0001). In young men, 25OHD level varied with season but not PTH, biochemical markers of bone turnover nor BMD. In young men, 25OHD, but not PTH, was a significant determinant of BMC, cortical thickness and of biomechanical properties of the femoral neck. Biochemical bone markers and BMD were not correlated with PTH nor with 25OHD. In elderly men, winter levels of 25OHD were lowest whereas those of PTH, bone resorption markers and PINP were highest. After adjustment for age, body weight and season, biochemical markers of bone turnover were correlated with PTH. In elderly men, 25OHD and PTH were significant determinants of BMC, cortical thickness and of biomechanical parameters of the femoral neck. Men with vertebral deformities had lower concentrations of 25OHD, higher PTH levels and slightly elevated urinary excretion of biochemical markers of bone resorption compared with men without vertebral deformities. In conclusion, in young men, 25OHD discloses a seasonal variability in contrast to PTH and biochemical bone markers. In this group, 25OHD is a significant determinant of BMC and BMD but not of bone size. In elderly men, seasonal variation of 25OHD and PTH concentrations result in seasonal variation of bone resorption. In this group, both 25OHD and PTH are determinants of BMC and cortical thickness of the femoral neck and, consequently, of its mechanical parameters.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2004 · Calcified Tissue International
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    ABSTRACT: To assess the cost implications for a preventive treatment strategy for institutionalised elderly women with a combined 1200 mg/day calcium and 800 IU/day vitamin D(3) supplementation in seven European countries. Retrospective cost effectiveness analysis based on a prospective placebo-controlled randomised clinical trial. Recently published cost studies in seven European countries. Clinical results from Decalyos, a 3-year placebo-controlled study in elderly institutionalised women. TRIALS: Decalyos study, with 36 months follow-up of 3270 mobile elderly women living in 180 nursing homes, allocated to two groups. One group received 1200 mg/day elemental calcium in the form of tricalcium phosphate together with 800 IU/day (20 microg) of cholecalciferol (vitamin D(3)), the other placebo. In the 36 months analysis of the Decalyos study, 138 hip fractures occurred in the group of 1176 women, receiving supplementation and 184 hip fractures in the placebo group of 1127 women. The mean duration of treatment was 625.4 days. Adjusted to 1000 women, 46 hip fractures were avoided by the calcium and vitamin D(3) supplementation. For all countries, the total costs in the placebo group were higher than in the group receiving supplementation, resulting in a net benefit of 79000-711000 per 1000 women. This analysis suggests that the supplementation strategy is cost saving. The results may underestimate the net benefits, as this treatment has also shown to be effective in decreasing the incidence of other non-vertebral fractures in elderly institutionalised women.
    No preview · Article · May 2003 · Maturitas
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    ABSTRACT: Vitamin D insufficiency and low calcium intake contribute to increase parathyroid function and bone fragility in elderly people. Calcium and vitamin D supplements can reverse secondary hyperparathyroidism thus preventing hip fractures, as proved by Decalyos I. Decalyos II is a 2-year, multicenter, randomized, double-masked, placebo-controlled confirmatory study. The intention-to-treat population consisted of 583 ambulatory institutionalized women (mean age 85.2 years, SD = 7.1) randomized to the calcium-vitamin D3 fixed combination group (n = 199); the calcium plus vitamin D3 separate combination group (n = 190) and the placebo group (n = 194). Fixed and separate combination groups received the same daily amount of calcium (1200 mg) and vitamin D3 (800 IU), which had similar pharmacodynamic effects. Both types of calcium-vitamin D3 regimens increased serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D and decreased serum intact parathyroid hormone to a similar extent, with levels returning within the normal range after 6 months. In a subgroup of 114 patients, femoral neck bone mineral density (BMD) decreased in the placebo group (mean = -2.36% per year, SD = 4.92), while remaining unchanged in women treated with calcium-vitamin D3 (mean = 0.29% per year, SD = 8.63). The difference between the two groups was 2.65% (95% CI = -0.44, 5.75%) with a trend in favor of the active treatment group. No significant difference between groups was found for changes in distal radius BMD and quantitative ultrasonic parameters at the os calcis. The relative risk (RR) of HF in the placebo group compared with the active treatment group was 1.69 (95% CI = 0.96, 3.0), which is similar to that found in Decalyos I (RR = 1.7; 95% CI = 1.0, 2.8). Thus, these data are in agreement with those of Decalyos I and indicate that calcium and vitamin D3 in combination reverse senile secondary hyperparathyroidism and reduce both hip bone loss and the risk of hip fracture in elderly institutionalized women.
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    ABSTRACT: A link between bone mineral density and skin color has been reported recently, and pigmentation has been shown to affect cutaneous vitamin D production. In the present study, we investigated the relationship between phototype, global self assessed sun exposure, geographical location and vitamin D serum levels in 1191 French adults. Three multiple linear regression analyses were performed. The two first analyses to test separately the effect of phototype, and the effect of sun exposure on the vitamin D levels. Then, a third model was constructed, using both factors and geographical location. When the factors were analyzed separately, individuals with lower phototype showed significantly lower levels of vitamin D than those with darker phototype, as well as, individuals with lower sun exposure showed significantly lower levels of vitamin D than those with higher sun exposure. However in the global model, which takes into account phototype and sun exposure simultaneously together with the region of residence, the vitamin D status was no longer linked with the phototype, but with sun exposure and geographical location. Since phototype and global self-assessment of sun exposure were positively linked, our data suggest that lower vitamin D levels in fair-skinned individuals are due to their sun exposure behavior.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2001 · Annales de Dermatologie et de Vénéréologie
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    ABSTRACT: A link between bone mineral density and skin color has been reported recently, and pigmentation has been shown to affect cutaneous vitamin D production. In the present study, we investigated the relationship between phototype, global self-assessed sun exposure, geographical location and vitamin D serum levels in 1191 French adults. When the factors were analyzed separately, individuals with lower phototypes as well as those with lower sun exposure showed significantly lower levels of vitamin D than those with darker phototypes or those with higher sun exposure. However, when factors were analyzed as a whole, the vitamin D status was no longer linked with the phototype, but with sun exposure and geographical location. Since phototypes and global self-assessments of sun exposure were positively linked, our data suggest that lower vitamin D levels in fair-skinned individuals are due to their sun exposure behavior.
    No preview · Article · May 2000 · Photochemistry and Photobiology
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    ABSTRACT: Vitamin D status is usually assessed by measuring the serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) concentration. This mainly depends on sunshine exposure, nutrition and age. Interlaboratory variation may hamper comparison between results from different populations. This study reports cross-calibration of the 25(OH)D assays of five laboratories. In study 1, serum 25(OH)D was measured with three different assays in 104 serum samples from a large vitamin D supplementation study. The mean serum 25(OH)D level was 80% higher when measured by competitive protein binding (CPB) assay than by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), while radioimmunoassay (RIA) gave intermediate values. The highest correlation was observed between RIA and HPLC (r = 0.84, p <0.01). Of the serum 25(OH)D values in the lowest quartile by HPLC, 25% were not recognized by CPB and 21% were not recognized by RIA as belonging to the lowest quartile. In study 2, the five laboratories analyzed serum 25(OH)D in eight serum samples covering the concentration range very low to high, with five different assays. The differences between the mean values for serum 25(OH)D between the laboratories with the highest and lowest values was 38%. The ranking order of individual samples according to the serum 25(OH)D value was very similar in all laboratories. The results show that 25(OH)D values from different laboratories can not be assumed to be comparable unless a careful cross-calibration has been performed.
    No preview · Article · Apr 1999 · Osteoporosis International
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    ABSTRACT: The vitamin D status of a general adult urban population was estimated between November and April in 1569 subjects selected from 20 French cities grouped in nine geographical regions (between latitude 43 degrees and 51 degrees N). Major differences in 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) concentration were found between regions, the lowest values being seen in the North and the greatest in the South, with a significant 'sun' effect (r = 0.72; p = 0.03) and latitude effect (r = -0.79; p = 0.01). In this healthy adult population, 14% of subjects exhibited 25(OH)D values < or = 30 nmol/l (12 ng/ml), which represents the lower limit (< 2 SD) for a normal adult population measured in winter with the same method (RIA Incstar). A significant negative correlation was found between serum intact parathyroid hormone (iPTH) and serum 25(OH)D values (p < 0.01). Serum iPTH held a stable plateau level at 36 pg/ml as long as serum 25(OH)D values were higher than 78 nmol/l (31 ng/ml), but increased when the serum 25(OH)D value fell below this. When the 25(OH)D concentration became equal to or lower than 11.3 nmol/l (4.6 ng/ml), the PTH values reached the upper limit of normal values (55 pg/ml) found in vitamin D replete subjects. These results showed that in French normal adults living in an urban environment with a lack of direct exposure to sunshine, diet failed to provide an adequate amount of vitamin D. It is important to pay attention to this rather high prevalence of vitamin D insufficiency in the general adult population and to discuss the clinical utility of winter supplementation with low doses of vitamin D.
    Full-text · Article · Sep 1997 · Osteoporosis International
  • P Szulc · M C Chapuy · P.J. Meunier · P.D. Delmas
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    ABSTRACT: We have previously shown that elderly women with an increased serum undercarboxylated osteocalcin (ucOC) level have an increased risk of sustaining a hip fracture as compared to those with normal serum ucOC. We reassessed our findings on a larger number of hip fractures that occurred over 3 years in 183 institutionalized women (aged 70-97 years) belonging to a large prospective clinical trial. Total OC, carboxylated OC, ucOC, and alkaline phosphatase were significantly higher at baseline in those who sustained a hip fracture during the follow-up. The age-adjusted odds ratio for hip fracture was three times higher in women with increased ucOC at baseline (odds ratio = 3.1, 99.9% C.I. = 1.7-6.0, p < 0.001). In the logistic regression, ucOC was still predictive of the hip fracture when age and parathyroid hormone concentration were included into the model (odds ratio = 2.6, 95% C.I. = 1.05-6.4). These data confirm that ucOC is a marker of the increased risk of hip fracture in elderly institutionalized women. Serum ucOC may reflect some nutritional deficiency associated with increased bone fragility.
    No preview · Article · May 1996 · Bone
  • M C Chapuy · A M Schott · P Garnero · D Hans · P D Delmas · P J Meunier
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    ABSTRACT: It was recently demonstrated that calcium and vitamin D supplements were capable of decreasing the incidence of hip fractures in institutionalized elderly subjects through a reduction of senile secondary hyperparathyroidism. As there are no appropriate data to recommend such a supplement to the elderly living at home, the aim of this study was to determine the incidence of senile secondary hyperparathyroidism in old French women from the general community, its relation to vitamin D status, and its contribution to bone turnover. Four hundred and forty women, aged 75-90 yr, were randomly selected from the general community by mailing from electoral listing in 5 French cities whose latitude varies from 49 degrees 9N to 43 degrees 6N. At the end of the winter, with previous hip fractures or those who were institutionalized were excluded. The results obtained in these women were compared to those obtained in 59 institutionalized old women and 54 younger healthy women. In the five cities for the women living at home, we found a mean PTH value greater than that obtained in young women (63 +/- 28 vs. 43 +/- 15 pg/ml; P = 0.001), but lower that that found in institutionalized women (76 +/- 49 pg/mL; P = 0.05). The mean 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25OHD) level was not different in subjects from the 5 cities, but in all of them it was significantly greater than that found in 59 institutionalized women (42.5 +/- 25.0 vs. 15.5 +/- 6.5 nmol/L; P = 0.0001) but lower than that in young adults (P < 0.001). The main determinants of PTH were in equal ratio, i.e. age (r = 0.19; P < 0.001), 25OHD, and, to a lesser degree, creatinine clearance (r = 0.10; P = 0.03). For 25OHD, the main determinant was the personal outdoor score and, to a lesser extent, the amount of daily sunlight in the city. The mean values of biochemical markers of bone turnover, bone alkaline phosphatase, osteocalcin, and Crosslaps, were significantly increased compared with the results obtained in young women, and significant negative correlations were found between these markers and hip bone mineral density. These results show that vitamin D status of a French aged population in good health and living at home depends mainly on lifestyle. Like institutionalized women, old women living at home exhibit clear evidence of senile hyperparathyroidism in the winter, secondary in part to a reduced 25OHD level and associated with biological signs of increased bone turnover. The maintenance of PTH within the normal range for healthy adults by vitamin D and calcium treatment might constitute an approach for the prevention of bone loss in the entire aged population.
    No preview · Article · Apr 1996 · Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism

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  • 1984-2010
    • Unité Inserm U1077
      Caen, Lower Normandy, France
  • 2009
    • Columbia University
      • College of Physicians and Surgeons
      New York, New York, United States
  • 1976-2009
    • CHU de Lyon - Groupement Hospitalier Edouard Herriot
      Lyons, Rhône-Alpes, France
  • 1993
    • French Institute of Health and Medical Research
      Lutetia Parisorum, Île-de-France, France