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Regul Toxicol Pharmacol. 2017 Jun;86:356-365. doi: 10.1016/j.yrtph.2017.04.001. Epub 2017 Apr 4.

Comparing the incidence of bone tumors in rats chronically exposed to the selective PTH type 1 receptor agonist abaloparatide or PTH(1-34).

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Charles River Laboratories, Preclinical Services, Montreal, 22022 Transcanadienne, Senneville, Quebec H9X 3R3, Canada.
Experimental Pathology Laboratories Inc., Sterling, VA 20166, USA.
Radius Health, Inc., 950 Winter Street, Waltham, MA 02451, USA.
Radius Health, Inc., 950 Winter Street, Waltham, MA 02451, USA. Electronic address:


Prolonged treatment with human parathyroid hormone (hPTH) in rats results in development of bone tumors, though this finding has not been supported by clinical experience. The PTH type 1 receptor agonist abaloparatide, selected for its bone anabolic activity, is under clinical development to treat postmenopausal women with osteoporosis. To determine the carcinogenic potential of abaloparatide, Fischer (F344) rats were administered SC daily abaloparatide at doses of 0, 10, 25, and 50 μg/kg or 30 μg/kg hPTH(1-34) as a positive control for up to 2 years. Robust increases in bone density were achieved at all abaloparatide doses and with hPTH(1-34). Comprehensive histopathological analysis reflected a comparable continuum of proliferative changes in bone, mostly osteosarcoma, in both abaloparatide and hPTH(1-34) treated rats. Comparing the effects of abaloparatide and hPTH(1-34) at the 25 and 30 μg/kg respective doses, representing similar exposure multiples to the human therapeutic doses, revealed similar osteosarcoma-associated mortality, tumor incidence, age at first occurrence, and metastatic potential. There were no increases in the incidence of non-bone tumors with abaloparatide compared to vehicle. Thus, near life-long treatment with abaloparatide in rats resulted in dose and time dependent formation of osteosarcomas, with a comparable response to hPTH(1-34) at similar exposure.


Abaloparatide; Bone mineral content; Carcinogenicity; F344 rat; Osteoblastoma; Osteosarcoma; PTH1R

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