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Histol Histopathol. 2006 Sep;21(9):969-77. doi: 10.14670/HH-21.969.

Cytoprotection by pyruvate through an anti-oxidative mechanism in cultured rat calvarial osteoblasts.

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Laboratory of Molecular Pharmacology, Division of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Kanazawa University, Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology, Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan.


Although we have previously shown drastic cell death by pyruvate deficiency in osteoblasts at the proliferative stage, the exact mechanism remains unclear so far. Cell survivability was significantly decreased in rat calvarial osteoblasts cultured for 0 to 3 days in vitro (DIV) following replacement of the eutrophic alpha-modified minimum essential medium (alpha-MEM) with Dulbecco's modified eagle medium (DMEM) for cultivation. The addition of pyruvate enriched in alpha-MEM, but not in MEM, entirely prevented cell death induced by the medium replacement throughout a culture period from 0 to 3 DIV. Both cysteine and reduced glutathione protected cell death in cells cultured for 3 DIV without significantly affecting that in cells cultured for 1 DIV, however, while none of lactate, acetate and insulin significantly prevented the cell death irrespective of the culture period up to 3 DIV. A marked increase was detected in intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) levels 4 h after the medium replacement. In osteoblasts cultured in alpha-MEM for 3 DIV, but not in those for 7 DIV, hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) markedly decreased cell survivability when exposed for 2 to 24 h. Furthermore, H2O2 was effective in significantly decreasing cell survivability in osteoblasts cultured in DMEM for 7 DIV. Pyruvate at 1 mM not only prevented cell death by H2O2, but also suppressed the generation of intracellular ROS in osteoblasts exposed to H2O2. These results suggest that pyruvate could be cytoprotective through a mechanism associated with the anti-oxidative property rather than an energy fuel in cultured rat calvarial osteoblasts.

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