Research Paper Volume 11, Issue 18 pp 7938—7947

The effects of dietary fatty acids on bone, hematopoietic marrow and marrow adipose tissue in a murine model of senile osteoporosis

Ebrahim Bani Hassan1,2, , Mostafa Alderghaffar3, , Fabien Wauquier4, , Veronique Coxam4, , Oddom Demontiero3, , Sara Vogrin1,2, , Yohann Wittrant4, , Gustavo Duque1,2, ,

  • 1 Australian Institute for Musculoskeletal Science (AIMSS), The University of Melbourne and Western Health, St. Albans, VIC, Australia
  • 2 Department of Medicine-Western Health, The University of Melbourne, St. Albans, VIC, Australia
  • 3 Ageing Bone Research Program, Sydney Medical School Nepean, The University of Sydney, Penrith, Australia
  • 4 Human Nutrition Unit, UMR1019, INRA/Université Clermont Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand, France

Received: August 9, 2019       Accepted: September 14, 2019       Published: September 25, 2019
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Purpose: Marrow adipose tissue (MAT) expansion and associated lipotoxicity are important drivers of age-related bone loss and hematopoietic bone marrow (HBM) atrophy. Fish oil and borage oil (rich in ω3 fatty acids) can partially prevent aged-related bone loss in SAMP8 mice. However, whether preservation of bone mass in this progeria model is associated with MAT volumes remains unknown.

Results: MAT volume fraction (MAT%) showed a negative association with hematopoietic bone marrow (HBM%;r=-0.836, p<0.001) and bone (bone%;r=-0.344, p=0.013) volume fractions.

Adjusting for multiple comparisons, bone% was higher and MAT% was lower in Fish oil (FO)-supplemented groups vs. controls (p<0.001). HBM% did not differ significantly between the four groups. However, in the group supplemented with FO, HBM comprised higher fractions and MAT constituted lower fractions of total marrow vs. controls (p<0.001).

Conclusion: Feeding FO-enriched diet prevented age-related bone and HBM loss, by reducing MAT expansion. Our results further emphasize on the role(s) of MAT expansion in bone and HBM atrophy.

Methods: SAMP8 mice (n>9 /group) were allocated into 4 categories and fed a control ration, FO-, sunflower oil (SFO)- and borage oil-enriched diets for lifetime. Femurs were scanned using microcomputed tomography (μCT) and bone, MAT, and HBM volumes were determined using an image analysis software.


MAT: Marrow adipose tissue; HBM: hematopoietic bone marrow; FO: fish oil; SFO: sunflower oil; μCT: microcomputed tomography; IL: interleukin.