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FEMS Microbiol Lett. 2007 Jul;272(1):106-13. Epub 2007 Apr 25.

Porphyromonas gingivalis infection and cell death in human aortic endothelial cells.

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Division of Surgical Science, College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University, New York, NY 10032, USA.


Porphyromonas gingivalis is a periodontal pathogen that promotes a proatherogenic response in endothelial cells. Cell death responses of human aortic endothelial cells to P. gingivalis at various multiplicities of infection (MOI) were investigated by assessment of cell detachment, histone-associated DNA fragmentation, lactate dehydrogenase release and ADP:ATP ratio. Porphyromonas gingivalis at MOI 1:10-1:100 did not have a cytotoxic effect, but induced apoptotic cell death at MOI 1:500 and 1:1000. Monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 production was significantly enhanced by P. gingivalis at MOI 1:100. At higher MOI, at least in vitro, P. gingivalis mediates endothelial apoptosis, thereby potentially amplifying proatherogenic mechanisms in the perturbed vasculature.

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