Local myogenic pulp-derived cell injection enhances craniofacial muscle regeneration in vivo

J. E. Jung, M. J. Song, S. Shin, Y. J. Choi, K. H. Kim, C. J. Chung

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Objectives: To enhance myogenic differentiation in pulp cells isolated from extracted premolars by epigenetic modification using a DNA demethylation agent, 5-aza-2′-deoxycytidine (5-Aza), and to evaluate the potent stimulatory effect of 5-Aza-treated pulp cell injection for craniofacial muscle regeneration in vivo. Setting and Sample Population: Pulp cells were isolated from premolars extracted for orthodontic purposes from four adults (age range, 18-22.1 years). Material and Methods: Levels of myogenic differentiation and functional contraction response in vitro were compared between pulp cells with or without pre-treatment of 5-Aza. Changes in muscle regeneration in response to green fluorescent protein (GFP)-labelled myogenic pulp cell injection in vivo were evaluated using a cardiotoxin (CTX)-induced muscle injury model of the gastrocnemius as well as the masseter muscle in mice. Results: Pre-treatment of 5-Aza in pulp cells stimulated myotube formation, myogenic differentiation in terms of desmin and myogenin expression, and the level of collagen gel contraction. The local injection of 5-Aza pre-treated myogenic pulp cells was engrafted into the host tissue and indicated signs of enhanced muscle regeneration in both the gastrocnemius and the masseter muscles. Conclusion: The epigenetic modification of pulp cells from extracted premolars and the local injection of myogenic pulp cells may stimulate craniofacial muscles regeneration in vivo.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-43
Number of pages9
JournalOrthodontics and Craniofacial Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Feb 1

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Funding Information:
This research was supported by the Basic Science Research Program, through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning (NRF-2013R1A1A3011648 and NRF-2016R1A2B4014882). We thank Professor Jong In Yook, Yonsei University, and Tae Yeon Kim for their kind support throughout the study.

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© 2017 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Orthodontics
  • Surgery
  • Oral Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology


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