A panel of bone turn-over markers was assessed in 75 normocalcemic patients bearing bone metastases from breast cancer (BC), and in 25 advanced/metastatic BC patients without clinical appearance of bone involvement. 115 healthy women, stratified in three subgroups according to age served as controls. Bone formation was investigated by measuring serum carboxyterminal propeptide of type I procollagen (PICP), Bone Gla Protein (BGP, osteocalcin), bone isoenzyme of alkaline phosphatase (BALP); bone resorption by measuring serum carboxyterminal telopeptide of type I collagen (ICTP), fasting urinary hydroxyproline/creatinine (OHPro/Cr) and calcium/creatinine (Ca/Cr). In patients with bone metastases the percent of supranormal values (higher than mean plus 2 SD of the age-matched controls) ranged between 25% and 40% for indices of bone formation, about 73% for both ICTP and OHPro/Cr and about 30% for Ca/Cr. The median levels of all bone turn-over markers were higher in bone metastatic patients than in those without apparent skeletal involvement, but significance was attained only for OHPro/Cr, Ca/Cr and BALP. Supranormal levels of ICTP and OHPro/Cr were also found in about 65-70% of patients without apparent skeletal involvement. ICTP and Ca/Cr significantly correlated with bone pain score, BALP, ICTP, Ca/Cr significantly correlated with the number of tumour appearances in bone. In conclusion, the bone resorption indices, ICTP and OHPro/Cr, are much more frequently elevated than bone formation indices in BC patients with or without skeletal involvement. Their potential use in the early detection of bone metastases is hampered by the insufficient knowledge on specificity. Among the biochemical markers evaluated, Ca/Cr, ICTP and BALP, due to correlation with clinical aspects, appear the most interesting for follow-up studies.

Biochemical picture of bone metabolism in breast cancer patients with bone metastases.

BERRUTI, Alfredo;ORLANDI, Fabio;DOGLIOTTI, Luigi;ANGELI, Alberto
1995

Abstract

A panel of bone turn-over markers was assessed in 75 normocalcemic patients bearing bone metastases from breast cancer (BC), and in 25 advanced/metastatic BC patients without clinical appearance of bone involvement. 115 healthy women, stratified in three subgroups according to age served as controls. Bone formation was investigated by measuring serum carboxyterminal propeptide of type I procollagen (PICP), Bone Gla Protein (BGP, osteocalcin), bone isoenzyme of alkaline phosphatase (BALP); bone resorption by measuring serum carboxyterminal telopeptide of type I collagen (ICTP), fasting urinary hydroxyproline/creatinine (OHPro/Cr) and calcium/creatinine (Ca/Cr). In patients with bone metastases the percent of supranormal values (higher than mean plus 2 SD of the age-matched controls) ranged between 25% and 40% for indices of bone formation, about 73% for both ICTP and OHPro/Cr and about 30% for Ca/Cr. The median levels of all bone turn-over markers were higher in bone metastatic patients than in those without apparent skeletal involvement, but significance was attained only for OHPro/Cr, Ca/Cr and BALP. Supranormal levels of ICTP and OHPro/Cr were also found in about 65-70% of patients without apparent skeletal involvement. ICTP and Ca/Cr significantly correlated with bone pain score, BALP, ICTP, Ca/Cr significantly correlated with the number of tumour appearances in bone. In conclusion, the bone resorption indices, ICTP and OHPro/Cr, are much more frequently elevated than bone formation indices in BC patients with or without skeletal involvement. Their potential use in the early detection of bone metastases is hampered by the insufficient knowledge on specificity. Among the biochemical markers evaluated, Ca/Cr, ICTP and BALP, due to correlation with clinical aspects, appear the most interesting for follow-up studies.
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BERRUTI A; TORTA M; PIOVESAN A; RAUCCI CA; ORLANDI F; PANERO A; L. DOGLIOTTI; ANGELI A
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