Serum CrossLaps for monitoring the response in individuals undergoing antiresorptive therapy

Bone. 2000 May;26(5):505-11. doi: 10.1016/S8756-3282(00)00248-9.


The Serum CrossLaps (CTx) enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) is specific for a cross-linked, beta-aspartate-isomerized form of the epitope EKAHDGGR derived from the carboxyterminal telopeptide region of type I collagen alpha(1) chain. Collagen type I fragments reactive in the CTx assay are released during osteoclastic bone resorption and can be used as a measure of bone resorption activity. Our objectives were to assess the intraindividual variation of serum CTx concentration as well as the clinical value of the serum CTx assay for monitoring antiresorptive therapy in individual patients. The influence of the sampling time and fasting on the serum CTx measurements was studied with the aim of determining an optimal sampling protocol. Studies of circadian variation in serum CTx concentration in 15 postmenopausal women showed that fasting significantly reduced the average circadian variation of the marker from 36% to 8.7%. This was further supported by assessing short-term (2 weeks) intraindividual variation in ten postmenopausal women who were sampled in the morning, either fasting or nonfasting. The average short-term intraindividual coefficient of variation (CV) was 7.9% in the samples obtained from fasting women, and 14.3% in the samples obtained from nonfasting women. The long-term intraindividual biological variation was 13.4% in 44 postmenopausal women sampled every 6 months (fasting morning samples) over a 1 year period. The ability of the serum CTx assay to monitor individual responses to antiresorptive therapy was assessed in studies of the effects of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and bisphosphonate (alendronate). Serum samples (morning fasting) were obtained from postmenopausal women treated with either bisphosphonate or HRT at baseline and then after various timepoints of therapy. Spine bone mineral density (BMD) measurements were carried out and the annual percentage change in spine BMD (alphaBMD) was calculated. Sixteen of 17 (94%) of the HRT-treated and 12 of 13 (92%) of the bisphosphonate-treated women showed a decrease in serum CTx after 6 months that was greater than the calculated least significant change (LSC) of the marker (LSC(CTx)). In contrast, only 59% of the HRT-treated and 64% of the bisphosphonate-treated women showed a response in spine BMD greater than the LSC(BMD) 0%) from women with a loss in spine BMD (alphaBMD < 0%). In conclusion, the serum CTx showed high specificity and sensitivity for monitoring individual responses to antiresorptive therapy. More than 92% of the treated women showed significant responses in serum CTx measurements after 6 months.

MeSH terms

  • Absorptiometry, Photon
  • Alendronate / therapeutic use*
  • Bone Density
  • Bone Resorption / prevention & control*
  • Circadian Rhythm
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Collagen / blood*
  • Collagen Type I
  • Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay / methods*
  • Female
  • Hormone Replacement Therapy*
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Peptides / blood*
  • Postmenopause
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Collagen Type I
  • Peptides
  • collagen type I trimeric cross-linked peptide
  • Collagen
  • Alendronate