Bortezomib inhibits osteoclast activity in patients with multiple myeloma

Geoffrey L. Uy, Rachna Trivedi, Shachar Peles, Nicholas M. Fisher, Qin Zhang, Michael H. Tomasson, John F. DiPersio, Ravi Vij

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Background: The antimyeloma agent bortezomib functions as an inhibitor of nuclear factor (NF)-κB. Although NF-κB inhibition is predicted to affect osteoclast function, preclinical and clinical studies have primarily reported an effect on osteoblasts. Patients and Methods: We examined parameters of bone turnover prospectively in patients with multiple myeloma treated with bortezomib before and after autologous transplantation. Thirty-nine patients received 2 cycles of bortezomib on days 1,4,8, and 11 of a 21 -day cycle. After high-dose melphalan with autologous stem cell transplantation, bortezomib 1.3 mg/m2 on days 1, 8, 15, and 22 of a 5-week cycle was administered as maintenance therapy. Results: During posttransplantation bortezomib, decreases in the urinary excretion of collagen N-telopeptide indicated that bortezomib suppresses osteoclast function. Conclusion: The effects on osteoclasts occurred in the absence of bisphosphonate treatment and independently of changes in monoclonal protein levels. Further studies exploring the role of bortezomib as a bone protective agent could be warranted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)587-589
Number of pages3
JournalClinical Lymphoma and Myeloma
Issue number9
StatePublished - Nov 2007


  • Bone turnover
  • N-telopeptide
  • Nuclear factor-κB
  • Osteoblasts
  • Proteasomes


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