Journal article

The TrkB agonist, 7,8-dihydroxyflavone, impairs fracture healing in mice.

Maddison R Johnstone, Rhys D Brady, Jarrod E Church, David Orr, Stuart J McDonald, Brian L Grills

J Musculoskelet Neuronal Interact | Published : 2021


OBJECTIVES: To study the effects of the selective TrkB agonist, 7,8-dihydroxyflavone (7,8-DHF), on fracture healing in mice and on an osteoprogenitor cell line, Kusa4b10, in vitro. METHODS: Mice received unilateral closed mid-shaft tibial fractures and treated for two weeks with vehicle or 5 mg/kg/day DHF and euthanised at 28 days post-fracture. Calluses were analysed by micro-computed tomography (μCT) and three-point bending biomechanical test. Kusa4b10 cells were cultured with 50nM of 7,8-DHF or vehicle for 3-, 7-, 14-days for RT-PCR, and 21 days for mineralization. RESULTS: μCT found 7,8-DHF calluses had decreased tissue volume (p=0.042), mean polar moment of inertia (p = 0.004), and mean..

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