Collagen type I is the main collagen type found in bones. Carboxyterminal propeptide, deriving and cleaved from procollagen type I (PICP) during collagen synthesis, is delivered into the blood, where it might represent an useful marker of bone formation similarly to osteocalcin. PICP, osteocalcin, alkaline phosphatase, serum and urinary calcium excretion were measured in 58 premenopausal females affected by Graves' disease and also 28 of them after attainment of euthyroidism by methimazole treatment to study these biochemical indices of bone remodelling before and after treatment. Before therapy PICP (mean +/- S.D.: 244.2 +/- 112.3 vs. 136.8 +/- 32.4 micrograms/l), osteocalcin (mean +/- S.D.: 17.8 +/- 6.7 vs. 7.5 +/- 2.7 micrograms/l) and other markers were significantly (p < 0.05) higher than sex and age matched controls (n = 24). Treatment induced a significant decrease of PICP, alkaline phosphatase, calcaemia and calciuria compared to pretreatment values, while osteocalcin did not significantly differ (mean +/- S. D.: 17.8 +/- 6.7 vs. 14.7 +/- 8.7 micrograms/l). These data suggest that hyperthyroidism due to Graves' disease causes an increase of serum levels of these markers, but further studies are necessary to asses the differences between PICP and osteocalcin as markers of osteoblast activity in hyperthyroidism.
|Number of pages||3|
|Publication status||Published - szept. 21 1997|
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