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Bone. 2007 Feb;40(2):281-92. Epub 2006 Oct 16.

ED-71, a novel vitamin D analog, promotes bone formation and angiogenesis and inhibits bone resorption after bone marrow ablation.

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Section of Orthopeadic Surgery, Department of Molecular Regulation of Supportive Tissue, Division of Bio Matrix, Graduate School, Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Tokyo, Japan.


ED-71, a novel analog of 1alpha,25-(OH)2 D3, increases bone mass to a greater extent than alfacalcidol, an 1alpha,25-(OH)2 D3 prodrug. In this study, we used a murine bone marrow ablation model to compare the effect of ED-71 on bone formation and resorption in vivo with that of 1alpha,25-(OH)2 D3. We discovered that bone matrix remodeling occurring within the first week after bone marrow ablation was enhanced by a single injection of ED-71, but not by 1alpha,25-(OH)2 D3. This enhancement was associated with an increase in bone surface. Trabecular bone resorption occurring from 1 to 2 weeks after the procedure was suppressed by a single injection of ED-71, but not 1alpha,25-(OH)2 D3, with treated mice exhibiting a reduction in osteoclast numbers, despite increases in osteoblast surface. As seen with the single injection, daily administration of ED-71 also enhanced bone modeling. Bone marrow osteoblast differentiation was also augmented by ED-71 pretreatment. Furthermore, ED-71 treatment immediately after bone marrow ablation enhanced angiogenesis within the bone marrow cavity via enhancement of VEGF(120) expression. In this paper, we clearly demonstrate that ED-71 is an orally administered small molecular weight compound with an anabolic effect on bone metabolism.

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