Gamze KILIÇ1, Didem DAYANGAÇ ERDEN2, Özlem EROL1, Erkan KILIÇ1, Murat KARA1, Hayat ERDEM YURTER2, Ayşen AKINCI1

1Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Medical Faculty of Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey
2Department of Medical Biology, Medical Faculty of Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey

Keywords: Exercise, lipoprotein receptor related protein 5, messenger ribonucleic acid expression, osteoporosis


Objectives: This study aims to investigate the effects of aerobic exercise on low density lipoprotein receptor related protein 5 (LRP5) gene messenger ribonucleic acid expression and evaluate the relationship between the clinical parameters and gene expression in patients with postmenopausal osteoporosis (OP).
Patients and methods: Seven patients with postmenopausal OP (mean age 60.0±5.3 years; range 51 to 66 years) were included in the study. An exercise protocol/program consisting of treadmill exercising for 30 minutes three days a week for six weeks was performed at a moderate intensity. LRP5 gene expression levels were evaluated before the onset of the exercise program and then four hours after the end of the first session and 12th (fourth week) and 18th (sixth week) sessions of exercise.
Results: Our results demonstrated variable changes in the LRP5 gene expression after the aerobic exercise sessions. Excluding one patient, the LRP5 gene expression levels showed a slight tendency to increase. In spite of this tendency, gene expression differences during the exercise sessions were not significant.
Conclusion: Our results suggest that interindividual variations of LRP5 gene expression exist after moderate intensity aerobic exercises in patients with postmenopausal OP. Despite of this variability, LRP5 gene expression levels increased slightly, except in peripheral blood in one patient. Future studies with larger sample sizes and different sampling time/tissues are required to shed more light on the impact of exercise at molecular level in OP.

Conflict of Interest

The authors declared no conflicts of interest with respect to the authorship and/or publication of this article.

Financial Disclosure

This study was supported by Hacettepe University Scientific Research Unit (project no: 010D06101002).