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      Fracture healing physiology and the quest for therapies for delayed healing and nonunion


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          Delayed healing and nonunion of fractures represent enormous burdens to patients and healthcare systems. There are currently no approved pharmacological agents for the treatment of established nonunions, or for the acceleration of fracture healing, and no pharmacological agents are approved for promoting the healing of closed fractures. Yet several pharmacologic agents have the potential to enhance some aspects of fracture healing. In preclinical studies, various agents working across a broad spectrum of molecular pathways can produce larger, denser and stronger fracture calluses. However, untreated control animals in most of these studies also demonstrate robust structural and biomechanical healing, leaving unclear how these interventions might alter the healing of recalcitrant fractures in humans. This review describes the physiology of fracture healing, with a focus on aspects of natural repair that may be pharmacologically augmented to prevent or treat delayed or nonunion fractures (collectively referred to as DNFs). The agents covered in this review include recombinant BMPs, PTH/PTHrP receptor agonists, activators of Wnt/β‐catenin signaling, and recombinant FGF‐2. Agents from these therapeutic classes have undergone extensive preclinical testing and progressed to clinical fracture healing trials. Each can promote bone formation, which is important for the stability of bridged calluses, and some but not all can also promote cartilage formation, which may be critical for the initial bridging and subsequent stabilization of fractures. Appropriately timed stimulation of chondrogenesis and osteogenesis in the fracture callus may be a more effective approach for preventing or treating DNFs compared with stimulation of osteogenesis alone. © 2016 The Authors. Journal of Orthopaedic Research published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. on behalf of the Orthopaedic Research Society. J Orthop Res 35:213–223, 2017.

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                J Orthop Res
                J. Orthop. Res
                Journal of Orthopaedic Research
                John Wiley and Sons Inc. (Hoboken )
                19 December 2016
                February 2017
                : 35
                : 2 ( doiID: 10.1002/jor.v35.2 )
                : 213-223
                [ 1 ] School of Dentistry University of Michigan Phylon Pharma Services Newbury Park California
                [ 2 ] OrthoSynthesis Inc. San Jose California
                Author notes
                [*] [* ] Correspondence to: Paul Kostenuik (T: 805‐410‐0480; E‐mail: paulkost@ 123456umich.edu )

                © 2016 The Authors. Journal of Orthopaedic Research published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. on behalf of the Orthopaedic Research Society.

                This is an open access article under the terms of the http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/ License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non‐commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.

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                Figures: 6, Tables: 0, Pages: 11, Words: 8028
                Funded by: Radius Health
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                February 2017
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                fracture healing, osteogenesis, chondrogenesis, delayed union, nonunion fracture


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