Dextromethorphan upregulates osteoblast and osteoclast activity but does not attenuate ovariectomy-induced osteoporosis

Jia Lin Wu, Wei Yuan Tsai, Jian Horng Chen, Chih Shung Wong

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Aims Study on the in vivo regulatory role of glutamate in osteoblast (OB) and osteoclast (OC) differentiation is less advanced. The present study investigated the effect of dextromethorphan (DXM), an N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors (NMDARs) antagonist, on osteoporosis development. Main methods In order to examine the role of glutamate in bone metabolism, ovariectomized (Ovx) female Wistar rats were injected three times per week for 8 weeks with either saline, or 15 μg/kg of β-estrodiol, or DXM (40 mg/kg) intraperitoneally. Serum samples were collected every two weeks for measuring osteocalcin and C-terminal telopeptide of type I collagen (CTX-1) level. Rats were then sacrificed at week 8 and the femurs harvested for micro-CT scanning and mechanical strength. Key findings In saline-treated group, osteocalcin level significantly lower than that of sham-operated rats at 8 weeks after operation, while CTX-1 levels were not affected. Estrogen treatment, as a positive control, partially inhibited the Ovx-induced reduction of osteocalcin serum level. DXM injection prevented the Ovx-induced reduction of osteocalcin expression and significantly upregulated CTX-1 expression. The micro-CT scan showed that the bone volume density decreased significantly in DXM treated rats compared to the sham-operated rats. In the mechanical strength assay, the maximum failure load for DXM treatment was significantly lower than the other groups. Significance Treatment with DXM upregulated OB and OC markers in Ovx rats, however with a greater effect on the OC marker, and had no significant benefit on bone volume density or bone strength.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-149
Number of pages5
JournalLife Sciences
Publication statusPublished - Mar 15 2017


  • Dextromethorphan
  • Glutamate
  • Osteoblast
  • Osteoclast
  • Osteoporosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics
  • General Biochemistry,Genetics and Molecular Biology


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