Parathyroid hormone analogues in the treatment of osteoporosis

Kraenzlin, Marius E. and Meier, Christian. (2011) Parathyroid hormone analogues in the treatment of osteoporosis. Nature reviews. Endocrinology, Vol. 7, no. 11. pp. 647-656.

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Osteoporosis is characterized by the occurrence of fragility fractures. Over the past years, various treatment options have become available, mostly antiresorptive agents such as bisphosphonates. However, antiresorptive therapy cannot restore bone mass and structure that has been lost due to increased remodeling. In this case, recombinant human parathyroid hormone (PTH) analogues-the full-length PTH(1-84) or the shortened molecule PTH(1-34), which is also known as teriparatide-present the possibility of increasing the formation of new bone substance by virtue of their anabolic effects. The bone formation induced by PTH analogues not only increases BMD or bone mass but also improves the microarchitecture of the skeleton, thereby leading to improved strength of bone and increased mechanical resistance. Controlled trials have shown that both analogues significantly reduce the incidence of vertebral fractures, and PTH(1-34) also reduces the risk of nonvertebral fractures. The need for daily self-injection and the higher cost compared with other forms of treatment limit the widespread use of PTH analogues. Nevertheless, treatment with PTH analogues should be considered in postmenopausal women and men with severe osteoporosis, as well as in patients on established glucocorticoid treatment with a high fracture risk. Concurrent therapy with antiresorptive agents should be avoided, but sequential therapy with these agents might consolidate the beneficial effects on the skeleton.
Faculties and Departments:03 Faculty of Medicine > Bereich Medizinische Fächer (Klinik) > Endokrinologie / Diabetologie
03 Faculty of Medicine > Departement Klinische Forschung > Bereich Medizinische Fächer (Klinik) > Endokrinologie / Diabetologie
UniBasel Contributors:Kraenzlin, Marius E. and Meier-Aeschlimann, Christian
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Nature Publishing Group
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