Cell proliferation within the growth plate of long bones assessed by bromodeoxyuridine uptake and its relationship to glucose 6-phosphate dehydrogenase activity

C Farquharson, N Loveridge

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Abstract

Bromodeoxyuridine (BrdUrd) was incorporated into the DNA of proliferating chondrocytes of the tibiae and metatarsal growth plate of rats of differing ages. Immunodetection of the incorporated BrdUrd was achieved using a monoclonal antibody to BrdUrd and indirect immunofluorescence procedures. The labelling index within the growth plate was found to decrease with advancing age in the tibia and metatarsal. Glucose 6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) activity appeared to be related to chondrocyte proliferation as a significant correlation was observed between G6PD activity and the labelling index of the tibial chondrocytes. The results of this study indicate that G6PD activity is a possible marker for cartilage growth and also that the BrdUrd technique has several advantages over the conventional autoradiographic methods for the assessment of cell replication.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-30
Number of pages10
JournalBone and Mineral
Volume10
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1990

Keywords

  • Aging
  • Animals
  • Bromodeoxyuridine
  • Cell Division
  • DNA
  • Fluorescent Antibody Technique
  • Glucosephosphate Dehydrogenase
  • Growth Plate
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Metatarsus
  • Rats
  • Tibia

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