Engraftment and bone mass are enhanced by PTHrP 1–34 in ectopically transplanted vertebrae (vossicle model) and can be non-invasively monitored with bioluminescence and fluorescence imaging

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  • Evidence exists that parathyroid hormone-related protein (PTHrP) 1–34 may be more anabolic in bone than parathyroid hormone 1–34. While optical imaging is growing in popularity, scant information exists on the relationships between traditional bone imaging and histology and bioluminescence (BLI) and fluorescence (FLI) imaging. We aimed to evaluate the effects of PTHrP 1–34 on bone mass and determine if relationships existed between radiographic and histologic findings in bone and BLI and FLI indices. Vertebrae (vossicles) from mice coexpressing luciferase and green fluorescent protein were implanted subcutaneously into allogenic nude mice. Transplant recipients were treated daily with saline or PTHrP 1–34 for 4 weeks. BLI, FLI, radiography, histology, and µCT of the vossicles were performed over time. PTHrP 1–34 increased bioluminescence the most after 2 weeks, fluorescence at all time points, and decreased the time to peak bioluminescence at 4 weeks (P ≤ 0.027), the latter of which suggesting enhanced engraftment. PTHrP 1–34 maximized vertebral body volume at 4 weeks (P < 0.0001). The total amount of bone observed histologically increased in both groups at 2 and 4 weeks (P ≤ 0.002); however, PTHrP 1–34 exceeded time-matched controls (P ≤ 0.044). A positive linear relationship existed between the percentage of trabecular bone and (1) total bioluminescence (r = 0.595; P = 0.019); (2) total fluorescence (r = 0.474; P = 0.074); and (3) max fluorescence (r = 0.587; P = 0.021). In conclusion, PTHrP 1–34 enhances engraftment and bone mass, which can be monitored non-invasively by BLI and FLI.
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  • Hildreth BE; Williams MM; Dembek KA; Hernon KM; Rosol TJ; Toribio RE
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