Demineralized Dentin Matrix Induces Odontoblastic Differentiation of Dental Pulp Stem Cells.

Research paper by Guolin G Liu, Guoquan G Xu, Zhenhua Z Gao, Zhenhai Z Liu, Junji J Xu, Jinsong J Wang, Chunmei C Zhang, Songlin S Wang

Indexed on: 17 Nov '15Published on: 17 Nov '15Published in: Cells, tissues, organs


The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of demineralized dentin matrix (DDM) on dental pulp stem cells (DPSCs) and the potential of complexes with DPSCs and DDM for mineralized tissue formation. Stem cells derived from the dental pulp of healthy pigs aged 18 months were isolated and cultured. DPSCs were incubated with alpha-minimum essential medium treated with DDM extract at 1 mg/ml (DDM1) or 10 mg/ml (DDM10). The concentrations of 3 growth factors in DDM extract was measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Adhesion of DPSCs on DDM and hydroxyapatite-tricalcium phosphate (HA-TCP) surfaces was observed using scanning electron microscopy. Cell proliferation was evaluated with cell counting kit-8 and migration by Transwell migration assays. Odontoblastic differentiation was assessed by alkaline phosphatase (ALP) and alizarin red staining, ALP activity and real-time polymerase chain reaction analysis of markers of ALP, runt-related transcription factor 2, type I collagen, dentin matrix acidic phosphoprotein-1, osteonectin and dentin sialophosphoprotein (DSPP). Finally, DPSCs were combined with DDM and placed subcutaneously in nude mice for 12 weeks; DPSCs combined with HA-TCP and DDM alone served as controls. DDM could promote DPSC adhesion, migration and odontoblastic differentiation. Mineralized tissue formation was observed with the DPSC and DDM combination and the DPSC and HA-TCP combination. The mineralized tissue of the DPSC + DDM combination stained positive for DSPP, similar to the dentin tissue. These results indicate that DDM induces DPSC odontoblastic differentiation, suggesting applications for dentin regeneration.