BACKGROUND: Old rats require more time for bone to bridge a fracture gap than young rats. To explore possible mitochondrial dysfunction in this delay, we measured levels of mRNA derived from mitochondrial genes in healing fractures of young, adult, and old rats. METHODS: Diaphyseal femoral fractures were induced in female rats at 6, 26, and 52 weeks of age (young, adult, and old rats, respectively). At baseline, at 3 days, and 1, 2, 4, and 6 weeks after fracture, the fracture site was harvested. ...[more]
Project description:This is a study of femoral fracture healing in female rats 16 weeks old at fracture to compare intramedullary nailing, screw and plate fixation, and sham surgery. The sham surgery group received a surgical exposure of the femur, but no fracture, no plate, and no nail. Samples were collected at 1 day, 3 days, 1 week, 2 weeks, 4 weeks, and 6 weeks after surgery. Each sample is a pool of RNA from three rats from the same surgery group at the same time point after fracture. The middle third of the femur was collected with the cortical bone, fracture callus, and marrow elements. Mid-diaphyseal, simple, transverse fractures were induced by a Gigli saw. The no fracture sample was a time 0 control collected on the day of surgery from intact rats.
Project description:Study of rat femur fracture healing in young (6 weeks old), adult (26 weeks old), and older (52 weeks old) rats with samples collected at 0 time (no fracture) and at 0.4, 1, 2, 4, and 6 weeks after fracture. RNA from two rats were pooled for each array. Keywords = rat, femur, fracture, age, time Keywords: time-course