Intermittent Fugu parathyroid hormone 1 (1-34) is an anabolic bone agent in young male rats and osteopenic ovariectomized rats

Julie F. McManus, Rachel A. Davey, Helen E. MacLean, Elizabeth A. Doust, W. S.Maria Chiu, Natalie A. Sims, Mary L. Bouxsein, Vaida Glatt, Jeffrey D. Zajac, Janine A. Danks

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Human parathyroid hormone (hPTH) is currently the only treatment for osteoporosis that forms new bone. Previously we described a fish equivalent, Fugu parathyroid hormone 1 (fPth1) which has hPTH-like biological activity in vitro despite fPth1(1-34) sharing only 53% identity with hPTH(1-34). Here we demonstrate the in vivo actions of fPth1(1-34) on bone. In study 1, young male rats were injected intermittently for 30 days with fPth1 [30 μg-1000 μg/kg body weight (b.w.), (30fPth1-1000fPth1)] or hPTH [30 μg-100 μg/kg b.w. (30hPTH-100hPTH)]. In proximal tibiae at low doses, the fPth1 was positively correlated with trabecular bone volume/total volume (TbBV/TV) while hPTH increased TbBV/TV, trabecular thickness (TbTh) and trabecular number (TbN). 500fPth1 and 1000fPth1 increased TbBV/TV, TbTh, TbN, mineral apposition rate (MAR) and bone formation rate/bone surface (BFR/BS) with a concomitant decrease in osteoclast surface and number. In study 2 ovariectomized (OVX), osteopenic rats and sham operated (SHAM) rats were injected intermittently with 500 μg/kg b.w. of fPth1 (500fPth1) for 11 weeks. 500fPth1 treatment resulted in increased TbBV/TV (151%) and TbTh (96%) in the proximal tibiae due to increased bone formation as assessed by BFR/BS (490%) and MAR (131%). The effect was restoration of TbBV/TV to SHAM levels without any effect on bone resorption. 500fPth1 also increased TbBV/TV and TbTh in the vertebrae (L6) and cortical thickness in the mid-femora increasing bone strength at these sites. fPth1 was similarly effective in SHAM rats. Notwithstanding the low amino acid sequence homology with hPTH (1-34), we have clearly established the efficacy of fPth1 (1-34) as an anabolic bone agent.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1164-1174
Number of pages11
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Anabolic
  • Bone formation
  • Fish
  • Osteoporosis
  • Parathyroid hormone

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Physiology
  • Histology


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