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Keywords:

  • bisphosphonate;
  • fracture healing;
  • histomorphometry;
  • biomechanical test;
  • rat

Abstract

The aim of this study was to investigate the long-term effect of incadronate on fracture healing of the femoral shaft in rats. Female Sprague-Dawley 8-week-old rats were injected subcutaneously (sc) with either vehicle (V group) or two doses of incadronate (10 μg/kg and 100 μg/kg) three times a week for 2 weeks. Right femoral diaphysis was then fractured and fixed with intramedullary stainless wire. Just after fracture, incadronate treatment was stopped in pretreatment groups (P groups: P-10 and P-100) or continued in continuous treatment groups (C groups: C-10 and C-100). All rats were killed at 25 weeks or 49 weeks after surgery. Fractured femur was evaluated radiologically and mechanically and then stained in Villanueva bone stain and embedded in methyl methacrylate. Undecalcified cross-sections from the fracture area were evaluated microradiologically and histomorphometrically. Radiographic observation showed that the fracture line disappeared in all groups. Cross-sectional area in the C-100 group was the biggest among all groups and in the C-10 group was larger than that in the V group at 25 weeks. Histological and histomorphometric observations showed that the process of fracture healing was delayed under continuous treatment with incadronate as evidenced by the delay of both lamellar cortical shell formation and resolution of original cortex in C groups. Percent linear labeling perimeter, mineral apposition rate (MAR), and bone formation rate (BFR) in C groups significantly decreased compared with the other groups, indicating that the callus remodeling was suppressed under continuous treatment, especially with a high dose. Mechanical study showed that the stiffness and ultimate load of the fractured femur in the C 100 group were the highest among all groups at both 25 weeks and 49 weeks. In conclusion, this study showed that long-term continuous treatment with incadronate delayed the process of fracture healing of femur in rats, especially under high dose but it did not impair the recovery of mechanical integrity of the fracture.