Abstract Title:

Emodin suppresses cadmium-induced osteoporosis by inhibiting osteoclast formation.

Abstract Source:

Environ Toxicol Pharmacol. 2017 Sep ;54:162-168. Epub 2017 Jul 18. PMID: 28738286

Abstract Author(s):

Xiao Chen, Shuai Ren, Guoying Zhu, Zhongqiu Wang, Xiaolin Wen

Article Affiliation:

Xiao Chen


Environmental level of cadmium (Cd) exposure can induce bone loss. Emodin, a naturally compound found in Asian herbal medicines, could influence osteoblast/osteoclast differentiation. However, the effects of emodin on Cd-induced bone damage are not clarified. The aim of this study was to investigate the role of emodin on Cd-induced osteoporosis. Sprague-Dawley male rats were divided into three groups which were given 0mg/L, 50mg Cd/L and 50mg Cd/L plus emodin (50mg/kg body weight). Bone histological investigation, microCT analysis, metabolic biomarker determination and immunohistochemical staining were performed at the 12th week. The bone mass and bone microstructure index of rats treated with Cd were obviously lower than in control. Cd markedly enhanced the osteoclast formation compared with control. Emodin significantly abolished the Cd-induced bone microstructure damage (p<0.05), osteoclast formation and increase of tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase 5b level (p<0.05). Our data further showed that emodin attenuated the Cd-induced inhibition of osteoprotegerin expression and stimulation of receptor activator for nuclear factor-κ B ligand expression. Our data show that emodin suppresses the Cd-induced osteoporosis by inhibiting osteoclast formation.

Study Type : Animal Study

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