Increased bone resorption during lactation in pycnodysostosis

I.D.C. Jansen, S.E. Papapoulos, N. Bravenboer, T.J. de Vries, N.M. Appelman-Dijkstra

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© 2021 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.Pycnodysostosis, a rare autosomal recessive skeletal dysplasia, is caused by a deficiency of cathepsin K. Patients have impaired bone resorption in the presence of normal or increased numbers of multinucleated, but dysfunctional, osteoclasts. Cathepsin K degrades collagen type I and generates N-telopeptide (NTX) and the C-telopeptide (CTX) that can be quantified. Levels of these telopeptides are increased in lactating women and are associated with increased bone resorption. Nothing is known about the consequences of cathepsin K deficiency in lactating women. Here we present for the first time normalized blood and CTX measurements in a patient with pycnodysostosis, exclusively related to the lactation period. In vitro studies using osteoclasts derived from blood monocytes during lactation and after weaning further show consistent bone resorption before and after lactation. Increased expression of cathepsins L and S in osteoclasts derived from the lactating patient suggests that other proteinases could compensate for the lack of cathepsin K during the lactation period of pycnodysostosis patients.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1810
Pages (from-to)1-12
JournalInternational Journal of Molecular Sciences
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2 Feb 2021


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