Can Hypoxic Conditioning Improve Bone Metabolism? A Systematic Review.

A new interesting article has been published in Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019 May 21;16(10). pii: E1799. doi: 10.3390/ijerph16101799. Review and titled:

Can Hypoxic Conditioning Improve Bone Metabolism? A Systematic Review.

Authors of this article are:

Camacho-Cardenosa M, Camacho-Cardenosa A, Timón R, Olcina G, Tomas-Carus P, Brazo-Sayavera J.

A summary of the article is shown below:

Among other functions, hypoxia-inducible factor plays a critical role in bone-vascular coupling and bone formation. Studies have suggested that hypoxic conditioning could be a potential nonpharmacological strategy for treating skeletal diseases. However, there is no clear consensus regarding the bone metabolism response to hypoxia. Therefore, this review aims to examine the impact of different modes of hypoxia conditioning on bone metabolism. The PubMed and Web of Science databases were searched for experimental studies written in English that investigated the effects of modification of ambient oxygen on bone remodelling parameters of healthy organisms. Thirty-nine studies analysed the effect of sustained or cyclic hypoxia exposure on genetic and protein expression and mineralisation capacity of different cell models; three studies carried out in animal models implemented sustained or cyclic hypoxia; ten studies examined the effect of sustained, intermittent or cyclic hypoxia on bone health and hormonal responses in humans. Different modes of hypoxic conditioning may have different impacts on bone metabolism both in vivo and in vitro. Additional research is necessary to establish the optimal cyclical dose of oxygen concentration and exposure time.

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