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      The potential application of concentrated growth factor in pulp regeneration: an in vitro and in vivo study


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          Concentrated growth factor (CGF), as a natural biomaterial, is known to contain platelets, cytokines, and growth factors to facilitate the healing process, but there has been little information acquired in regenerative endodontics. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of CGF on proliferation, migration, and differentiation in human dental stem pulp cells (hDPSCs) exposed to lipopolysaccharide (LPS) in vitro and its potential role in pulp regeneration of the immature teeth in vivo .


          In vitro experiments: CGF-conditioned medium were extracted by freeze-dried method. hDPSCs were isolated and identified. The proliferative potential of hDPSCs with different concentration of CGF and LPS was evaluated by Cell Counting Kit-8. Migration capacity was analyzed by Transwell assays, odonto/osteoblastic differentiation was determined by measuring alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity using ALP staining, and the extent of mineralization was evaluated by using Alizarin red S staining. The mRNA expression level of DMP-1, DSPP, OPN, Runx2, and OCN were determined by quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR).

          In vivo experiments: CGF were used as root canal filling agent of the immature single-rooted teeth in the beagle dogs. The teeth were then radiographed, extracted, fixed, demineralized, and subjected to histologic analyses at 8 weeks. The newly formed dentine-pulp complex and the development of apical foramen were evaluated by the hematoxylin-eosin (HE) and Masson trichrome technique. Soft tissues were analyzed by immunohistochemical staining of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and Nestin.


          In vitro experiments: The cultured cells exhibited the characteristics of mesenchymal stem cell. The treatment of LPS significantly increased the expression of TNF-α, IL-1β, IL-6, and IL-8 in hDPSCs, and CGF inhibited the mRNA expression of IL-8 in LPS-stimulated hDPSCs. The proliferation values of the CGF group in LPS-stimulated hDPSCs were significantly higher than that of the control group from day 3 to day 7 ( P < 0.05). In addition, the number of migratory cells of the CGF group was greater than that of the control group at 24 h with or without LPS treatment. ALP activities increased gradually in both groups from day 4 to day 7. The mineralized nodules and the expression of odontogenesis-related genes DMP-1 and DSPP, osteogenesis-related genes OPN, Runx2, and OCN were dramatically enhanced by CGF in LPS-stimulated hDPSCs at days 21 and 28.

          In vivo experiments: In CGF treated group, the results of radiograph, HE, and Masson trichrome staining showed a continuing developed tooth of the immature teeth in the beagle dogs (i.e., the ingrowth of soft tissues into the root canal, the thickened internal root dentin walls, and the closed apex), which resembled the normal tooth development in the positive control group. The immunohistochemical staining showed that VEGF and Nestin were both moderately expressed in the regenerated pulp-like tissues which indicating the vascularization and innervation.


          CGF has a positive effect on the proliferation, migration, and differentiation of hDPSCs exposed to LPS in vitro, and it can also promote the regeneration of dentine-pulp complex of the immature teeth in the beagle dogs in vivo. Therefore, CGF could be a promising alternative biomaterial in regenerative endodontics.

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              Growth factor and pro-inflammatory cytokine contents in platelet-rich plasma (PRP), plasma rich in growth factors (PRGF), advanced platelet-rich fibrin (A-PRF), and concentrated growth factors (CGF)

              Background The development of platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) drastically simplified the preparation procedure of platelet-concentrated biomaterials, such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP), and facilitated their clinical application. PRF’s clinical effectiveness has often been demonstrated in pre-clinical and clinical studies; however, it is still controversial whether growth factors are significantly concentrated in PRF preparations to facilitate wound healing and tissue regeneration. To address this matter, we performed a comparative study of growth factor contents in PRP and its derivatives, such as advanced PRF (A-PRF) and concentrated growth factors (CGF). Methods PRP and its derivatives were prepared from the same peripheral blood samples collected from healthy donors. A-PRF and CGF preparations were homogenized and centrifuged to produce extracts. Platelet and white blood cell counts in A-PRF and CGF preparations were determined by subtracting those counts in red blood cell fractions, supernatant acellular serum fractions, and A-PRF/CGF exudate fractions from those counts of whole blood samples. Concentrations of growth factors (TGF-β1, PDGF-BB, VEGF) and pro-inflammatory cytokines (IL-1β, IL-6) were determined using ELISA kits. Results Compared to PRP preparations, both A-PRF and CGF extracts contained compatible or higher levels of platelets and platelet-derived growth factors. In a cell proliferation assay, both A-PRF and CGF extracts significantly stimulated the proliferation of human periosteal cells without significant reduction at higher doses. Conclusions These data clearly demonstrate that both A-PRF and CGF preparations contain significant amounts of growth factors capable of stimulating periosteal cell proliferation, suggesting that A-PRF and CGF preparations function not only as a scaffolding material but also as a reservoir to deliver certain growth factors at the site of application.

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                0086-21-66311625 , jiangbeizhan@tongji.edu.cn
                Stem Cell Res Ther
                Stem Cell Res Ther
                Stem Cell Research & Therapy
                BioMed Central (London )
                20 May 2019
                20 May 2019
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                [1 ]ISNI 0000000123704535, GRID grid.24516.34, Department of Operative Dentistry and Endodontics, School and Hospital of Stomatology, , Tongji University, Shanghai Engineering Research Center of Tooth Restoration and Regeneration, ; 399 Middle Yan Chang Road, Shanghai, 200072 China
                [2 ]ISNI 0000000123704535, GRID grid.24516.34, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, School and Hospital of Stomatology, , Tongji University, Shanghai Engineering Research Center of Tooth Restoration and Regeneration, ; Shanghai, 200072 China
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                Molecular medicine
                concentrated growth factor (cgf),human dental stem pulp cells (hdpscs),lipopolysaccharide (lps),inflammatory microenvironment,regenerative endodontic treatment (ret)


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