Evaluation of the therapeutic effects of conditioned media from mesenchymal stem cells in a rat bisphosphonate-related osteonecrosis of the jaw-like model

Kenichi Ogata, Wataru Katagiri, Masashi Osugi, Takamasa Kawai, Yukiko Sugimura, Hideharu Hibi, Seiji Nakamura, Minoru Ueda

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Bisphosphonate-related osteonecrosis of the jaw (BRONJ) is defined as an exposed necrotic bone in the oral cavity that does not heal after appropriate intervention for >. 8. weeks with present or previous bisphosphonate treatment in the absence of radiotherapy. Until now, although several risk factors, including invasive dental procedures, infection, mechanical trauma to the jawbone, and concomitant use of immunosuppressive and chemotherapy drugs have been implicated in the etiology of BRONJ, its underlying mechanisms and treatments remain largely unknown. A study recently showed that intravenous administration of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) improved BRONJ, and it was hypothesized that paracrine effects by secretomes from MSCs are the main constituent. Here we used rat BRONJ models to examine the therapeutic effects with serum-free conditioned media from human MSCs (MSC-CM), including various secretomes. We showed that MSC-CM has protected rat MSCs and rat osteoclasts. MSC-CM enhanced the expression of osteogenic-related genes and neovascularization-related genes by real-time reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction analysis in in vitro study. In in vivo study, 5-week-old Wistar/ST male rats received zoledronate (35. μg/kg/week) and dexamethasone (1. mg/kg/day) subcutaneously for 2. weeks. Unilateral maxillary molars were then extracted. Two weeks later, rats were divided into non-treatment, serum-free Dulbecco's modified Eagle's medium, and MSC-CM groups. In the MSC-CM group, the open alveolar sockets in 63% of the rats with BRONJ healed with complete soft tissue coverage and socket bones, whereas the exposed necrotic bone with inflamed soft tissue remained in the other groups. Histological analysis showed new bone formation and the appearance of osteoclasts in the MSC-CM group. Osteoclasts were significantly reduced in the non-treatment group. Thus, we concluded that the antiapoptotic and antiinflammatory effects of MSC-CM dramatically regulated the turnover of local bone and indicated therapeutic effects on BRONJ.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-105
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Physiology
  • Histology


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