A high activity index of stearoyl-CoA desaturase is associated with increased risk of fracture in men
2008 (English)In: Osteoporosis International, ISSN 0937-941X, E-ISSN 1433-2965, Vol. 19, no 7, 929-934 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The activity index of stearoyl-CoA desaturase (SCD), a key enzyme in lipogenesis, was associated with increased risk of fracture in a longitudinal population-based cohort of men. This indicates that elevated levels of endogenous lipogenesis increase the risk of fracture and suggest a role for saturated fat in the pathogenesis of osteoporosis. INTRODUCTION: Osteoblasts and marrow adipocytes are derived from a common mesenchymal progenitor, and experimental studies have indicated that increased adipogenesis can occur at the expense of osteoblasts, leading to bone loss. Stearoyl-CoA desaturase (SCD) converts saturated to monounsaturated fatty acids and is a key enzyme in lipogenesis. METHODS: Analysis was performed in a population-based, longitudinal cohort study of men (n = 2009). A product-to-precursor index (palmitoleic acid/palmitic acid) was used to estimate SCD activity in fasting serum analyzed in samples obtained at enrollment at age 50 years. Fractures were documented in 422 men during 35 years of follow-up. Cox regression analysis was used to determine the risk of fracture according to SCD activity index. RESULTS: The risk of fracture was highest among men with the highest levels of SCD activity index. Multivariable analysis of the risk of fracture in the highest quintile as compared to the lowest one showed that the rate ratio was 1.71 (95% CI 1.26-2.33) for any fracture, with an estimated population attributable risk of 15%. The risk was further increased within the highest quintile. CONCLUSIONS: Our results indicate that elevated levels of endogenous lipogenesis increase the risk of fracture and suggest a role for saturated fat in the pathogenesis of osteoporosis.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. Vol. 19, no 7, 929-934 p.
Fat, Fracture, Lipogenesis, Men, Nutrition, Osteoporosis
Medical and Health Sciences
Research subject Orthopaedics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-98667DOI: 10.1007/s00198-007-0521-yISI: 000257382300005PubMedID: 18066610OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-98667DiVA: diva2:200969