Zinc Acexamate Stimulates Fracture Healing in Rats at Different Doses

Abstract

Stimulatory effect of zinc acexamate administration on fracture healing of the femoral-diaphyseal tissues in rats.

The effect of zinc acexamate on fracture healing of the femoral-diaphyseal tissues in rats was investigated in vivo. Zinc acexamate (0.3 and 10.0 mg Zn/100 g body weight per day) was orally administered to rats (4 weeks old) surgically fractured the femoral diaphysis for 14 to 28 days. Calcium content and alkaline phosphatase activity in the femoral-diaphyseal tissues were significantly decreased in rats with fracture healing, while bone acid phosphatase activity and protein content were markedly increased. The administration of zinc acexamate (10.0 mg Zn/100 g) for 28 days caused a significant increase in calcium content, alkaline and acid phosphatases activities, protein and deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) contents in the femoral-diaphyseal tissues of rats with fracture healing. With the lower dose (3.0 mg Zn/100 g), zinc compound had a partial effect on bone components. Femoral mineral density in rats with fracture healing was significantly increased by the administration of zinc acexamate (10.0 mg Zn/100 g) for 28 days. Femoral-diaphyseal zinc content was significantly decreased in rats with fracture healing. This decrease was completely restored by the administration of zinc acexamate (10.0 mg Zn/100 g) for 28 days. The present study suggests that the supplement of zinc compound stimulates fracture healing of the femoral-diaphyseal tissues in rats.

Igarashi A, Yamaguchi M
Gen. Pharmacol. Apr 1999
PMID: 10323487

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