The role of type 2 deiodinase (D2) in the human skeleton remains unclear. The D2 polymorphism Thr92Ala has been associated with lower enzymatic activity, which could result in lower local triiodothyronine (T3) availability in bone. We therefore hypothesized that the D2 Thr92Ala polymorphism may influence bone mineral density (BMD) and bone turnover. We studied 154 patients (29 men, 125 women: 79 estrogen-replete, 46 estrogen-deficient) with cured differentiated thyroid carcinoma. BMD and bone turnover markers [bone-specific alkaline phosphatase (BAP), cross-linking terminal C-telopeptide of type I collagen (CTX), procollagen type 1 aminoterminal propeptide (P1NP), and cross-linked N-telopeptide of type I collagen (NTX)] were measured. Effects of the D2 Thr92Ala polymorphism on BMD and bone turnover markers were assessed by a linear regression model, with age, gender, estrogen state, body mass index (BMI), serum calcium, 25-hydroxyvitamin D, parathyroid hormone (PTH), thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), and free triiodothyroxine (T4) as covariables. Sixty patients were wild type (Thr/Thr), 66 were heterozygous (Thr/Ala), and 28 were homozygous (Ala/Ala) for the D2 polymorphism. There were no significant differences in any covariables between the three genotypes. Subjects carrying the D2 Thr92Ala polymorphism had consistently lower femoral neck and total hip densities than wild-type subjects (p=.028), and this was accompanied by significantly higher serum P1NP and CTX and urinary NTX/creatinine levels. We conclude that in patients with cured differentiated thyroid carcinoma, the D2 Thr92Ala polymorphism is associated with a decreased femoral neck BMD and higher bone turnover independent of serum thyroid hormone levels, which points to a potential functional role for D2 in bone.

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Heemstra, K.A, Hoftijzer, H, van der Deure, W.M, Peeters, R.P, Hamdy, N.A, Pereira, A.M, … Smit, J.W.A. (2010). The type 2 deiodinase Thr92Ala polymorphism is associated with increased bone turnover and decreased femoral neck bone mineral density. Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, 25(6), 1385–1391. doi:10.1002/jbmr.27