Polymorphisms in the gene coding for low-density lipoprotein receptor-related protein 5 (LRP5) contribute to variation in bone mass in the general population. Whether this is due to influence on bone mass acquisition or on bone loss thereafter has not been established.
We studied the association of LRP5 polymorphisms with peak bone mass in young men. The study included 235 Finnish men, aged 18.3 to 20.6 years. Lifestyle factors and fracture history were recorded. Bone mineral content (BMC), density (BMD) and scan area were measured for the lumbar spine and proximal femur by dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA). Blood and urine were collected for determination of bone turnover markers, serum 25-OHD and PTH. Genomic DNA was extracted from peripheral blood for genetic analysis of LRP5. Ten single nucleotide polymorphisms in LRP5 were analyzed and correlated with bone parameters.
Only the A1330V polymorphism of LRP5 significantly associated with bone parameters. In comparison with subjects with the AlaAla genotype (n=215), those with AlaVal genotype (n=20) had lower femoral neck BMC (P=0.029) and BMD (P=0.012), trochanter BMC (P=0.0067) and BMD (P=0.015), and total hip BMC (P=0.0044) and BMD (P=0.0089). Fracture history was similar for the genotypes.
The polymorphic valine variant at position 1330 of LRP5 was significantly associated with reduced BMC and BMD values in healthy young Finnish men. The results provide evidence for the crucial role of LRP5 in peak bone mass acquisition.
Precocious increase in adrenal androgen production is the hallmark of premature adrenarche (PA). Adrenal androgens have anabolic properties.
The objective of the study was to test whether body composition and bone mineral density (BMD) are altered in PA and study whether genetic variation in low-density lipoprotein receptor-related protein 5 (LRP5) affects BMD in PA.
This was a cross-sectional study.
The study was conducted at a university hospital.
The study included 126 prepubertal children (64 with PA, 10 boys; 62 non-PA controls, 10 boys). Femoral neck and lumbar spine areal and calculated volumetric BMD (dual energy X-ray absorptiometry), body composition (bioimpedance), serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D, and markers of bone turnover and calcium homeostasis were compared between the PA and control groups. Single-nucleotide polymorphisms of LRP5 were determined and associated with BMD.
Children with PA had higher femoral neck and lumbar spine BMD(areal) than the controls (Z-score 0.56 vs. -0.09, P
Cerebral cysts and calcifications with leukoencephalopathy and retinal vascular abnormalities are diagnostic hallmarks of cerebroretinal microangiopathy with calcifications and cysts (CRMCC). Previous studies have suggested that skeletal involvement is also common, but its characteristics remain unknown. This study aimed to assess the skeletal phenotype in CRMCC. All Finnish patients with features consistent with CRMCC and for whom radiographs were available were included. Clinical information pertinent to the skeletal phenotype was collected from hospital records, and all plain radiographs were reviewed for skeletal features. Bone mineral density (BMD) was measured by DXA. In one patient, bone biopsies were obtained for bone histology and histomorphometric analyses. The LRP5 gene was analyzed for mutations by direct sequencing. Our results show that the skeletal phenotype in CRMCC includes (1) compromised longitudinal growth pre- and postnatally, (2) generalized osteopenia or early onset low turnover osteoporosis with fragility fractures, and (3) metaphyseal abnormalities that may lead to limb deformities such as short femoral neck or genua valga. DXA measurements in three patients showed low BMD, and bone biopsies in the fourth patient with pathological fractures and impaired fracture healing showed low-turnover osteoporosis, with reduced osteoclast and osteoblast activity. Direct sequencing of all LRP5 coding exons and exon-intron boundaries in six patients with CRMCC revealed no putative mutations. We conclude that the CRMCC-associated bone disease is characterized by low BMD and pathological fractures with delayed healing, metaphyseal changes, and short stature pre- and postnatally. LRP5 is not a disease-causing gene in CRMCC.
Premature adrenarche (PA) is associated with unfavourable metabolic characteristics. We hypothesized that genetic variation in low density lipoprotein (LDL) receptor-related protein 5 (LRP5), which is involved in Wnt signalling in the adrenal cortex and in cholesterol metabolism, plays a role in the pathogenesis of PA.
We performed a cross-sectional association study in 73 Finnish children with PA and 97 age- and gender-matched healthy controls.
LRP5 genotypes were determined by direct sequencing. Single-marker associations with clinical-metabolic characteristics, including adrenocortical function, glucose tolerance and lipid profile, were examined with age and gender as covariates.
Nineteen single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in LRP5 were found in the 170 children. No significant differences in the genotype distributions were observed between the PA and control groups. SNPs A1330V and N740N were associated with higher serum dehydroepiandrosterone sulphate (DHEAS) levels in the control subjects (A/A vs. A/a; mean 0.8 vs. 1.4 micromol/l, P = 0.01). They were also associated with higher plasma levels of total (4.2 vs. 4.7 mmol/l, P = 0.02) and LDL cholesterol (2.4 vs. 2.9 mmol/l, P = 0.02) in the control group, as was SNP V1119V (P = 0.04 and P = 0.03, respectively). SNPs F549F and V1119V were associated with higher systolic blood pressure (P = 0.04 and P = 0.02, respectively). There were no differences in the parameters of glucose metabolism between the genotype groups.
Genetic variation in LRP5 did not predispose to PA but was associated with metabolic characteristics, especially lipid profile, in healthy prepubertal children.