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The Lyme disease pathogen Borrelia burgdorferi infects murine bone and induces trabecular bone loss

Overview of attention for article published in Infection and Immunity, December 2016
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Title
The Lyme disease pathogen Borrelia burgdorferi infects murine bone and induces trabecular bone loss
Published in
Infection and Immunity, December 2016
DOI 10.1128/iai.00781-16
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Tian Tian Tang, Lucia Zhang, Anil Bansal, Marc Grynpas, Tara J. Moriarty, Tang, Tian Tian, Zhang, Lucia, Bansal, Anil, Grynpas, Marc, Moriarty, Tara J, Guy H. Palmer

Abstract

Lyme disease is caused by members of the Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato species complex. Arthritis is a well-known late-stage pathology of Lyme disease, but the effects of B. burgdorferi infection on bone at sites other than articular surfaces are largely unknown. In this study, we investigated whether B. burgdorferi infection affects bone health in mice. In mice inoculated with B. burgdorferi or vehicle (mock infection), we measured the presence of B. burgdorferi DNA in bones, bone mineral density (BMD), bone formation rates, biomechanical properties, cellular composition, and two- and three-dimensional features of bone microarchitecture. B. burgdorferi DNA was detected in bone. In the long bones, increasing B. burgdorferi DNA copy number correlated with reduction in areal and trabecular volumetric BMD. Trabecular regions of femora exhibited significant, copy number-correlated microarchitectural disruption, but BMD, microarchitectural, or biomechanical properties of cortical bone were not affected. Bone loss in tibiae was not due to increased osteoclast numbers or bone-resorbing surface area, but was associated with reduced osteoblast numbers, implying that bone loss in long bones was due to impaired bone building. Osteoid-producing and mineralization activities of existing osteoblasts were unaffected by infection. Therefore, deterioration of trabecular bone was not dependent on inhibition of osteoblast function, but was more likely caused by blockade of osteoblastogenesis, reduced osteoblast survival, and/or induction of osteoblast death. Together, these data represent the first evidence that B. burgdorferi infection induces bone loss in mice, and suggest that this phenotype results from inhibition of bone building rather than increased bone resorption.

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Geographical breakdown

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Unknown 6 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 2 33%
Professor 1 17%
Student > Bachelor 1 17%
Librarian 1 17%
Unspecified 1 17%
Other 0 0%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 2 33%
Philosophy 1 17%
Unspecified 1 17%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 1 17%
Immunology and Microbiology 1 17%
Other 0 0%

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