Dose-specific effects of tumor necrosis factor alpha on osteogenic differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells

Department of Periodontology, School of Dentistry, Shandong University, Jinan, China.
Cell Proliferation (Impact Factor: 3.12). 10/2011; 44(5):420-7. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2184.2011.00769.x
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To investigate tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α)-induced changes in osteogenic differentiation from mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs).
Blockade of nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) was achieved in ST2 murine MSCs via overexpression of the NF-κB inhibitor, IκBα. Osteogenic differentiation was induced in IκBα-overexpressing ST2 cells and normal ST2 cells when these cells were treated with TNF-α at various concentrations. Expression levels of bone marker genes were determined using real time RT-PCR and ALP activity assay. In vitro mineralization was performed to determine long-term exposure to TNF-α on mineral nodule formation. MTT assay was used to determine the changes in cell proliferation/survival.
Levels of Runx2, Osx, OC and ALP were up-regulated in cell cultures treated with TNF-α at lower concentrations, while down-regulated in cell cultures treated with TNF-α at higher concentrations. Blockade of NF-κB signaling reversed the inhibitory effect observed in cell cultures treated with TNF-α at higher concentrations, but showed no effect on cell cultures treated with TNF-α at lower concentrations. In contrast, long-term treatment of TNF-α at all concentrations induced inhibitory effects on in vitro mineral nodule formation. MTT assay showed that TNF-α inhibits proliferation/survival of mesenchymal stem cells when the NF-κB signaling pathway is blocked.
The binding of TNF-α to its receptors results in the activation of multiple signaling pathways, which actively interact with each other to regulate the differentiation, proliferation, survival and apoptosis of MSCs.

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    • "Moreover, IL-17A can significantly increased leptin production that inhibits adipogenesis and promotes osteogenesis on human bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) via JAK/STAT signaling (23). TNF-α can promote osteogenic differentiation through triggering NF-kB and enhancing the expression of BMP2 and RUNX2 (24, 25, 28). "
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    • "In full contrast with these findings, other murine and human MSC studies have reported that TNF-α can also induce osteogenic differentiation (Table 2). In three in vitro rodent models, low concentrations of TNF-α increased osteogenic differentiation via an up-regulation of Runx2, Osx, OCN, and ALP levels (38, 39). Moreover, four human experimental models indicated a similar osteogenic activity for TNF-α. "
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    • "In summary, TNF-α contributes to periodontal damage by its direct effect on osteoclastogenesis and by amplification of inflammatory immune reactions. Furthermore, in vitro data demonstrate an effect of TNF-α not only on osteoclasts, but also on osteoblasts by inhibiting differentiation and bone nodule formation [51]. "
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