Resistin promotes the abnormal Type I collagen phenotype of subchondral bone in obese patients with end stage hip osteoarthritis

Sci Rep. 2017 Jun 22;7(1):4042. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-04119-4.


The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of adiposity on the architecture and composition of hip OA subchondral bone, and to examine the pathological role of adipokines. Femoral heads were collected from normal-weight or over-weight/obese patients with hip OA. Structural parameters of subchondral bone were determined by MicroCT and type I collagen α1/α2 ratio was determined by SDS PAGE and by qRT-PCR in ex-vivo bone explants. The serum concentration of adipokines was determined by Luminex. The effect of resistin on primary OA osteoblasts was determined by analysis of Wnt pathway signal transduction, bone nodule formation, and osteoblast metabolic activity. Subchondral bone from over-weight/obese hip OA patients exhibited reduced trabecular thickness, increased bone surface/bone volume ratio, and an increase in the Type I collagen α1/α2, compared to normal-weight hip OA patients. The serum concentration of resistin was higher in overweight/obese OA patients, compared to normal-weight OA patients. Stimulation of normal-weight bone explant with recombinant resistin increased the Type I collagen α1/α2 ratio. Stimulation of primary OA osteoblasts with recombinant resistin increased Wnt signalling activation, osteoblast metabolic activity, and bone nodule formation. Increased adiposity in hip OA patients is associated with altered subchondral bone architecture and type I collagen composition.

MeSH terms

  • Adiposity
  • Collagen Type I / metabolism*
  • Femur Head / diagnostic imaging
  • Femur Head / pathology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Obesity / complications*
  • Obesity / metabolism*
  • Obesity / pathology
  • Osteoarthritis, Hip / complications*
  • Osteoarthritis, Hip / diagnosis
  • Osteoarthritis, Hip / metabolism*
  • Osteoblasts / metabolism
  • Resistin / metabolism*
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Wnt Signaling Pathway


  • Collagen Type I
  • Resistin