The vitamin D analogue 2MD increases bone turnover but not BMD in postmenopausal women with osteopenia: Results of a 1-year phase 2 double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized clinical trial



Most osteoporosis drugs act by inhibiting bone resorption. A need exists for osteoporosis therapies that stimulate new bone formation. 2-Methylene-19-nor-(20S)-1α,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 (2MD) is a vitamin D analogue that potently stimulates bone formation activity in vitro and in the ovariectomized rat model. In this randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of osteopenic women, the effect of daily oral treatment with 2MD on bone mineral density (BMD), serum markers of bone turnover, and safety were assessed over 1 year. Volunteers were randomly assigned to three treatment groups: placebo (n = 50), 220 ng of 2MD (n = 54), and 440 ng of 2MD (n = 53). In general, 2MD was well tolerated. Although 2MD caused a marked increase in markers of bone formation, it did not significantly increase BMD. Since 2MD also shows marked activity on bone resorption (as revealed by dose-dependent increases in serum C-telopeptide cross-links of type I collagen in this study), 2MD likely stimulated both bone formation and bone resorption, thereby increasing bone remodeling. © 2011 American Society for Bone and Mineral Research.