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Clin Chim Acta. 2006 Apr;366(1-2):233-8. Epub 2005 Dec 5.

Age-related changes of serum bone alkaline phosphatase and cross-linked C-telopeptides of type I collagen and the relationship with bone mineral density in Chinese women.

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Institute of Endocrinology and Metabolism, the Second Xiang-Ya Hospital, Central South University, Changsha, 86 Renmin-Zhong Rd, Hunan 410011, PR China.



Previous studies have shown that bone turnover rate changes with age. At the same time, there is no definitive research regarding age-related changes of bone turnover level and its association with bone mineral density (BMD) in Chinese mainland women.


In a cohort of 663 Chinese mainland women aged 20-70 years, serum bone alkaline phosphatase (BAP) and serum cross-linked C-telopeptides of type I collagen (sCTX) were measured to evaluate the state of bone formation and resorption, respectively. BMD was measured in the posteroanterior spine, supine lateral spine, hip and forearm using a dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry.


The cubic polynomial regression model best fit age-related changes in serum BAP (R2=0.398, p<0.001) and sCTX concentrations (R2=0.148, p<0.001) with largest R2 from comparison 8 different regression models. Their values reached a minimal level in the 30-39 years age group, and increased dramatically in the 40-59 years groups. There was a decreasing trend of BAP in women >60 years. The levels of BAP and sCTX were inversely correlated to BMD in various skeletal regions over the entire population (r=-0.096 to -0.357, p<0.05). sCTX was a significant predictor of a T-score< or =-2.5 of BMD in postmenopausal women with sCTX levels above mean+2 SD of women aged 30-39 years compared with other postmenopausal women, which indicated by odds ratios 1.9-3.7 (p<0.05) for various skeletal regions, especially for the lateral lumbar spine (2.2, p<0.01), Ward's triangle (3.7, p<0.01), and ultradistal end of radius + ulna (2.8, p<0.001).


Age-dependent serum BAP and sCTX were inversely correlated to BMD, and sCTX was a useful parameter for the prediction of a low T-score of BMD at skeletal sites with abundant cancellous bone in postmenopausal women.

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