Bone Deconditioning During Partial Weight-Bearing in Rodents – A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Swain, Patrick, Mortreux, Marie, Laws, Jonathan, Kyriacou, Harry, De Martino, Enrico and Caplan, Nick (2022) Bone Deconditioning During Partial Weight-Bearing in Rodents – A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Life Sciences in Space Research. ISSN 2214-5524 (In Press)

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Space agencies are preparing to send humans to the Moon (16% Earth's gravity) and Mars (38% Earth's gravity), however, there is limited evidence regarding the effects of hypogravity on the skeletal system. A novel rodent partial weight-bearing (PWB) model may provide insight into how human bone responds to hypogravity. The aim of this study was to perform a systematic review investigating the effect of PWB on the structure and function of rodent bone. Five online databases were searched with the following inclusion criteria: population (rodents), intervention (PWB for ≥1-week), control (full weight-bearing), outcomes (bone structure/function), and study design (animal intervention). Of the 2,993 studies identified, eight were included. The main findings were that partial weight-bearing exposure for 21-28 days at 20%, 40%, and 70% of full loading causes: 1) loss of bone mineral density, 2) loss of trabecular bone volume, thickness, number, and increased separation, 3) loss of cortical area and thickness, and 4) reduced bone stiffness and strength. These findings predominately relate the tibia/femur of young/mature female mice, however, their deconditioning response appeared similar, but not identical, to male rats. A dose-response trend was frequently observed between the magnitude of deconditioning and PWB level. The deconditioning patterns in PWB resembled those in rodents and humans exposed to microgravity and microgravity analogs. The present findings suggest that countermeasures against bone deconditioning may be required for humans exploring the Lunar and Martian surfaces.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: C600 Sports Science
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2022 11:46
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2022 10:15

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