Increased fragility fracture risk with improper healing is a frequent and severe complication of insulin resistance (IR). The mechanisms impairing bone health in IR are still not fully appreciated, which gives importance to studies on bone pathologies in animal models of diabetes. Mice deficient in leptin signaling are widely used models of IR and its comorbidities. Leptin was first recognized as a hormone, regulating appetite and energy balance; however, recent studies have expanded its role showing that leptin is a link between insulin-dependent metabolism and bone homeostasis. In the light of these findings, it is intriguing to consider the role of leptin resistance in bone regeneration. In this study, we show that obese diabetic mice lacking leptin receptor (db/db) are deficient in postnatal regenerative osteogenesis. We apply an ectopic osteogenesis and a fracture healing model, both showing that db/db mice display compromised bone acquisition and regeneration capacity. The underlying mechanisms include delayed periosteal mesenchymatic osteogenesis, premature apoptosis of the cartilage callus and impaired microvascular invasion of the healing tissue. Our study supports the use of the db/db mouse as a model of IR associated bone-healing deficits and can aid further studies of mesenchymatic cell homing and differentiation, microvascular invasion, cartilage to bone transition and callus remodeling in diabetic fracture healing.
- Insulin resistance
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pathology and Forensic Medicine
- Cell Biology