Table 3.

Comparison of symphyseal biomineralization levels (μ) between rabbit dietary cohorts

VariableO-dietU-diet% Difference
Symphysis
    Top2.243±0.2191.822±0.16023.1**
    Upper2.005±0.1031.610±0.11824.5**
    Middle2.055±0.2011.623±0.15126.6**
    Lower1.910±0.0641.613±0.07618.4**
    Bottom1.904±0.1561.673±0.16813.8**
Corpus
    Inferior2.163±0.2081.762±0.15222.8**
    Inf./lat.2.655±0.1642.262±0.21117.4**
    Lateral2.607±0.1352.437±0.1377.0*
    Superior2.611±0.2282.281±0.22014.5**
  • Values are means ± s.d. for each variable, indicated by loading cohort; N=7 for each diet. O-diet rabbits develop elevated bone-density levels along the symphyseal articular and external cortical bone surfaces. Asterisks indicate significant differences, *P<0.05, **P<0.01; Mann—Whitney U-test.