Effects of whole cell sonicates of Treponema lecithinolyticum on osteoclast differentiation.

Research paper by B K BK Choi, S H SH Ohk, H J HJ Lee, J H JH Kang, G J GJ Jeong, Y J YJ Yoo

Indexed on: 02 Oct '01Published on: 02 Oct '01Published in: Journal of periodontology


Alveolar bone destruction is a characteristic feature of periodontal diseases and multinucleated osteoclast cells derived from hemopoietic cells are responsible for bone resorption. Treponema lecithinolyticum is a novel oral spirochete isolated from the periodontal lesions.The effect of whole cell sonicates on the osteoclast differentiation was examined in a co-culture system of hemopoietic mouse bone marrow cells and calvaria derived-osteoblastic cells to clarify the role of T. lecithinolyticum in the alveolar bone destruction associated with periodontal diseases. The differentiated osteoclasts were confirmed by tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase (TRAP) staining.Sonicates of this bacterium stimulated the osteoclast formation in the co-culture system in a dose-dependent manner. The sonicates-induced osteoclast formation was partially inhibited by the heat treatment of sonicates. Indomethacin, which is a prostaglandin inhibitor, decreased the osteoclast formation induced by the bacterial sonicates.These findings suggest that T. lecithinolyticum induces osteoclast differentiation by a prostaglandin E2-dependent mechanism and that heat-labile components may be involved in this process.