Objectives: Effects of collagen hydrolysate (CHD) on the oxidative capacity of the tibialis anterior muscle and the cortical and trabecular density of the femur were investigated in senescence-accelerated mouse prone 6 (SAMP6).
Methods: Sixteen-week-old male SAMP6 mice were divided into control (CON) and CHD groups. The CON group was given normal water, while the CHD group was given water containing CHD. Fibre cross-sectional areas (CSAs), fibre succinate dehydrogenase (SDH) staining intensity, and SDH activity of the tibialis anterior muscle were determined at 42 and 60 weeks of age. The cortical and trabecular density of the femur and serum osteocalcin levels were also determined.
Results: The fibre SDH staining intensity and muscle SDH activity were higher in the CHD group at 60 weeks of age than in the age-matched CON group. The cortical and trabecular density and serum osteocalcin levels were greater in the CHD group at 60 weeks of age than in the age-matched CON group.
Conclusion: CHD inhibited th age-induced decrease in muscle oxidative capacity and bone density of SAMP6 mice. There is a possibility that CHD is effective for inhibition of age-induced degeneration in the musculoskeletal system.