The Effect of Selective β-Blocker Bisoprolol on Osteocalcin (OC) Hormone Level in Human

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The Effect of Selective β-Blocker Bisoprolol on Osteocalcin (OC) Hormone Level in Human

1Abeer Mansour Abdel Raoul , 2Dr. Sedra Ahmed Othman, , 3P H. Ahmad Shoab Karmoosh

1,2,3Ministry of Health and Environment, Mosul, Iraq

Abstract Beta blockers have a well-recognized antihypertensive action that is mediated through a reduction in cardiac output and in the release of rennin from the kidneys and inhibition of the action of endogenous catecholamine on beta- adrenergic receptors Bisoprolol fumarate (BF) is a synthetic 1- selective (cardio selective) adrenoreceptor-blocking agent. Human study has included the use of betablocker (-blocker) Biscor® (BF) on osteocalcin (OC) hormone level. Osteocalcin (OC) is a large peptide that is manufactured by osteoblasts, odontoblasts and some chondrocytes. It connects to hydroxyapatite and much of it is deposited in the bone matrix. Aim of study Assess the effect of BF tablet at different doses and durations on serum OC hormone level in treated patients .

Subjects and methods. The study was performed on total number of (67) female subjects; their ages were selected between (30-60) years old. Those subjects were divided into three groups and utilized the same drug Biscor ® BF tablet from (United Company / Jordan) at different doses and durations

Result: no significant results of BF tablets on OC was shown at the three treated groups

Conclusion- lowered level of OC level were influenced by age, dose of BF tablet and duration of drug.

Keywords:- Osteocalcin, Bisoprolol, bone healing, osteoporosis


The -adrenergic receptor blockers are an important and versatile class of drugs widely used in cardiovascular therapeutics. The beta- blockers (- blockers) are also used to treat numerous cardiovascular disease states1. -blockers have a well-recognized antihypertensive action that is mediated through a reduction in cardiac output and in the release of rennin from the kidneys and inhibition of the action of endogenous catecholamine on beta-adrenergic receptors 2

.Bisoprolol fumarate (BF) is a synthetic 1-selective (cardio selective) adrenoreceptor-blocking agent. Chemically, it is (±)

-1-[4-[[2-(1-methylethoxy) ethoxy] methyl] phenoxyl-3-[(1- methyl ethyl) amino] -2-propanol.Serum Osteocalcin (OC): a


The study was conducted at Ibn Sina Teaching Hospitals, Cardiovascular Department in at Mosul City. The ethics committee a Health of Nineveh Heath Office approved the study data collection enclosed a period of (4) months from August to February 2013.

Study design and patients enrollment: the study performed on total number of (67) female subjects, their ages were selected between (30-60) years old. Those subjects were separated to three groups and utilized the same drug Biscor ® BF tablet from (United Company / Jordan) but different doses and durations4.

Figure (1) Biscor tablet 5 mg

  • Chronic Group: this group integrated post-menopausal women that previously on same types of drugs, but at different doses and different durations of treatment more than (3) months. Chronic Group included hypertension, arrhythmia and anxiety disease.
  • Follow-up Group: These group-integrated females diagnosed as hypertension or arrhythmia and anxiety and follow up for three month.
  • Control group: This group included healthy females. The criterion of selection the controls were based on non existence additional diseases consequence on the results like diabetes mellitus, hyper and hypothyroidism and not used corticosteroid drug.


Estimation of the study included the following information:

large peptide that is manufactured by osteoblasts, The questionnaire: feature information about each patient

odontoblasts and some chondrocytes. It connects to hydroxyapatite and a large amount of it is deposited in the bone matrix. For the reason that OC fragments are released

was employed (case sheet in human). It consisted of three parts: demographic data, medical history and anthropometric measurements:

from the bone matrix at the duration of resorption, assays for Demographic Data: questions of universal information

circulating OC and its fragments mirror both bone formation and resorption. The precise function of OC in bone is still indistinguishable, but recent studies elevate the surprising

possibility that it is a hormone that influences energy metabolism by modulating the production and action of

about the age ; age of menarche, number of pregnancies, activity level, housing, smoking, exercising menarche, menopause, last menstrual cycle, family history of osteoporosis, smoking habit5 .

insulin 3-.The aim of this study was to assess the effect of Medical History: questions about tendency for falling,

Bisoprolol tablet at different doses and durations on osteocalcin level in human being.

surgical history and the use of hormonal therapy and other drugs.

  • Anthropometric indicators: three changeable were preferred for anthropometric measurements of the subject matters: height, weight and body mass index (BMI).
    • Height- patient height was in use and then duplicated6
    • Weight was taken without shoes and wearing negligible clothing by a digital balance scale (China) (Alissal et al., 2014).
    • Body mass Index (BMI): is a constructive way of classifying obesity. Body mass index was calculated by relinquished equation (dividing the weight in kilogram (Kg) by Height square in meters)(Luis et al.,2014):



      Determination of serum hormone was measured with a commercial Enzyme-linked immune sorbent assay (ELISA) (My Bio Source, USA).

      Figure (2): Kit of Osteocalcin Eliza

      • Blood Collections: From all contributors could not eat, drink, or smoke before collection of blood two samples of blood were drawn. One sample was taken from control and chronic group at the base line visit. From the follow up group, two blood sample were collected, first sample at a first visit (before treatment with BF tablet with different doses) and the second sample was collected three months after the treatment(follow up group).A sample of 5 ml of blood was drawn and collected into gel tubes, reserved at room temp for 30min. and centrifuged for15min. (Remimoter, china) at (1000) rpm, then serum samples were eliminated and transmitted to fresh two eppendroff tubes to be stored at (- 20°C) to avoid loss of bioactivity 7


        1. Bring all kit components and samples to room temperature (20-25 °C) before use.
        2. Samples- predict the concentration before assaying. If concentrations are unknown or not within the detection range, a preliminary experiment is recommended to establish the optimal dilution. PBS (pH7.0-7.2) or 0.9%physiological saline can be employed as dilution buffer.
        3. Wash solution-Dilute10mlof wash solution concentration 100×with990mlof deionized or D.W to prepare1000mlof wash solution1×. If crystals have formed in the concentrate, warm to room temperature and mix gently until the crystals have completely dissolved.The1×wash solution is stable for two weeks at (2-8°C).
        4. Do not dilute the other components which are ready to use.

    Figure (3) Result Of OC Kit


    1. The standard curve is used to determine the amount of samples.
    2. First, average the duplicate readings for each standard and sample. ll O.D. values are subtracted by the mean value of blank control before result interpretation.
    3. Construct a standard curve by plotting the average O.D. for each standard on the horizontal (X) axis against the concentration on the vertical (Y) axis and draw the best fit curve using graph paper or statistical software to generate a linear regression, four parameter logistic or curvilinear regression of second degree. An X-axis for the OD and a Y- axis for the concentration is also a choice. The data may be linearized by plotting the log of the concentrations versus the log of the O.D. and the best fit line can be determined by regression analysis.
    4. Calculate the concentration of samples corresponding to the mean absorbance from the standard curve.
    5. Standard curve for demonstration only. As figure below.

    Figure (4) Standard curve of OC hormones


    The statistical analyses were achieved using statistical package for social sciences(SPSS)version 17.1.Standard statistical methods were used to determine the mean and standard error unpaired t-test was used one way. Analysis of variance (ANOVA) and (Duncan) test were used to identify statistical difference through comparison within the same and among groups P-value less than 0.05 was considered to be statistically significant


    A total of (67) female were included in the study .The individuals were distributed in 3 groups as shown in table (1): Control group. Follow-up group. Chronic group. In the control group, 14 females were accidentally preferred for the relationship with the other diseased groups and not complained from fracture and were not on long corticosteroid therapy comparison with the disease group Follow up group 23 female that were used BF tablet for a first visit and were followed up for 3 months, and the chronic group 30 female that were using BF tablet for more than 3 months7

    Table 1: The Demographic Distribution of The Studied Groups:

    *Data represented as mean ± SE.

    *Different letters (a, b, ab) horizontally mean out put of Duncans test significant differences at p<0.05 within group

    Table 2: The Demographic Distribution of Past Medical History of The Studied Groups

    The Demographic Characteristics of the studied groups demonstrated that age of control group was significantly different from chronic and treated groups. The control females were significantly younger because they were chosen to be healthy, with no any past medical history and the weight and BMI of the control group female were significantly higher than the follow up and chronic group in the table (2) illustrated that control group has no history of fracture, rheumatoid arthritis or secondary osteoporosis.


    The mean serum OC concentration in control group was not significant than that of the follow-up group (before) treatment by biscor® BF before treatment

    Table 3:Comparison of Serum OC Concentration Level Between the Control and Follow-up Group Before


    * Data represented as means ± SE

  • In relationship of serum OC concentration level between the control and follow up( after) group. the mean serum OC concentration in control group was higher than mean serum concentration in Follow up(after)group, but significant statistical difference was found between the two groups(p=0.687) as shown in table 4.

Table 4: Comparison of Serum OC Concentration Level Between the Control and Follow-up Group after treatment

*Data represented as means ± SE.

In assessment of serum OC Concentration Level between the control and Chronic group. the mean serum OC concentration in control group was higher than mean serum OC concentration in chronic group, statistical significant difference was found between the two groups(p=0.000) as shown in table 5

Table 5:Comparison of Serum OC concentration Level between the Control and Chronic group

* Data represented as means ± SE.

Table illustrates the mean of follow up group(before) was higher than mean serum OC concentration in chronic group, no statistical significant variance was[ found between the two groups (p= 0.127) as be evidence for table 6

Table 6: Comparison of Serum OC concentration Level between the Follow up and Chronic Group

*Data represented as means ± SE.

Comparison of serum OC concentration level between these two group. The mean serum OC concentration in

follow up(after) group was lower than mean serum OC concentration in chronic group; no statistical significant difference was found between the two groups (p=0. 540)as shown in table 7.

Table 7: Comparison of serum OC concentration Level between the Follow up and Chronic group

Data represented as means ± SE.

The result of BF treatment on serum OC concentration level. The mean OC concentration in follow-up(before and after) group was diminished after treatment for three months with Biscor ® BF for 3 months, but the diminish was not significant (p=0.143) as shown in table 8.

Table 8: Comparison of Serum OC Concentration Level Before and After Treatment with BF Tablet.

Data represented as means ± SE.


According to the effect of -blockers on bone, data of humans are limited and conflicting8. This study is so tried to detect probable role of -blockers in the prevention of osteoporotic fractures on patients with cardiovascular diseaseas9. Many animal and human studies have been conducted to estimate the risk of fractures using -blockers and different results have been obtained. Serum OC was measured as a specific product of the osteoblast 10 .Takeda (2002) reported that the -blocker propranolol increased bone formation in oophorectomized female rats11. In a great population based case-control analysis, there was additional evidence that the current use of -blockers is associated with a statistically and significantly decreased risk of fractures on both men and women taken alone as well as in combination with thiazide diuretics 12. However, prospective data from the Danish Osteoporosis prevention study illustrated (20%) lower serum OC levels in women treated with -blockers compared to untreated women and recommended that -blocker use is linked to an increased risk of fracture and no change in bone density13. A study on bone turnover in normal postmenopausal women using – blocker showed that bone densities in the lumbar spine and total proximal femur did not change significantly on either group14. In animal models, there was considerable evidence of sympathetic nerve fibers in bone tissue and functional adrenergic receptors in osteoblasts and osteoclasts which has achieve d on osteoblast proliferation, osteoclast development, and osteoblast maturation 15. In contrast, sympathetic system inactivation in rats consequences in a significant diminish in osteoclast number and osteoclast activity. In a recent study on human osteoblasts, fenoterol, a beta-2 agonist, nearly doubled RANKL mRNA and this raise was inhibited by propranolol

indicating that in human bone cells, bone turnover might be modulated by the sympathetic nervous system16.For the numerous special pathways and signaling systems that are influenced by different medications utilized to treat hypertension this may have a positive effect on bone health. It is assumed, for scientists, that a great deal necessary and translation effort requires to be done to better understand the linkages between cardiovascular disease (in particular hypertension) and osteoporosis, clinicians, when their patients need hypertension treatment and their patient is also at high risk of fracture; there is some assistance about which agents if possible (loop diuretics, thiazides, cardio selective -blockers, ACE inhibitors) to patient17.

Osteocalcin concentration in blood sera can not only advance the diagnostic potential of osteoporosis, but also be useful in its dssimilarity from osteopenia, OC concentrations are influenced by gender, age and diurnal variation OC exhibits a diurnal variation with a nocturnal peak, plummeting by as much as (50%) to a morning nadir. Males have higher OC concentrations; OC concentrations are superior in children. With the highest concentrations observed during periods of rapid growtp8. OC levels are generally increased during menopause. Increased levels of OC have been reported on patients with high bone turnover osteoporosis and fractures 19. OC concentrations have been reported to increase, decrease or remain unchanged with advancing age; feasible effect of the heterogeneity of circulating, studies demonstrated elevated levels of serum OC may be associated with increased activity of osteoblast20. De Verit et al., (2006) found that serum OC levels on postmenopausal osteoporotic women were significantly higher than on premenopausal non-osteoporotic women. Deficiency of calcium may lead to lowering of formation of hydroxyapatite crystals in osteoporotic women, consequently, decreased rate of bone mineralization, free OC may be existing for circulation in the blood, and this may clarify the increased concentration of OC in the serum of osteoporotic postmenopausal women 21. Found that OC is a promising indicator of bone turnover useful in the diagnosis and follow-up of high turnover osteoporosis. Similar observations were reported by a number of other studies (22, 23)

.Estrogens are fundamental for bone maturation and mineralization on both men and women. Many causes in females can cause estrogen deficiency, congenital estrogen deficiency, estrogen resistance. Direct action of estradiol on osteoclasts diminishes the development and the action of osteoclasts and enhances the activity of osteoblasts. Estrogen deficiency stimulates increased production and activity of osteoclasts, which perforate bone trabeculae, decrease their strength and increase fracture risk. The natural life of functional osteoclasts and thus the amount of bone that osteoclasts resorb may also be improved following estrogen deficiency. This recommends that estrogen may avoid extreme bone loss by restraining the life span of osteoclasts and encourages apoptosis of osteoclasts 20. OC synthesis is known to be modulated by vitamin D that means OC synthesis depended on Vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiency stays unrecognized over a long period of time, it may be appropriate to monitor both Vitamin D and OC levels on patients at risk of developing osteoporosis.

Roodman,(1992) mentioned at a nearly step of the study and durations of uses of drugs and doses of drugs, bioavailability of -blocker used clinically is in agreement with the doses previously tested in animal models24 25 .A number of – blockers used by the patients. The -blocker consumers have been aged and body weight-matched, consequence the – blocker treatment on bone via bone formation or bone resorption. The studies on animal models are much better fixed to such an objective and recommend both a stimulation of bone formation and a reduction of bone desorption. In human, this variation may reproduce changeable bone effects of the sympathetic nervous system depending on local factors such as involuntary loading, muscle mass, hormonal effects and response of marrow cells to adiposeness 24.It was discovered that the BMD values on the jaw region with among patients receiving – blocker treatment for more than 5years give better results compared with patients treated with calcium channel blocker. Whereas there may be differences in types of -blocker used, dose, or duration 14.The effects of -blockers on BMD have been previously investigated in several studies. The data from human studies about the effects of – blockers on osteoporosis is approximately the similar. Although in some studies can expansions on BMD with – blockers treatment have been proved 26. In additional studies no special effects of these drugs on bone metabolism have been reported 27 28 .However, clinical studies and investigations are needed to be established clinical data represents that the effects of – blockers on bone in humans stay an open question. In human, the no significant result of BF tablet on OC could be differed on human field because of many different factors mentioned above.


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