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J Dent Res. 2009 Jul;88(7):609-14. doi: 10.1177/0022034509340008.

Dental pulp and periodontal ligament cells support osteoclastic differentiation.

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Graduate School of Oral Medicine, Institute for Oral Science, Matsumoto Dental University, 1780 Gobara, Hiro-oka, Shiojiri, Nagano 399-0781, Japan.


Odontoclasts and cementoclasts are considered to play major roles in the internal resorption of dentin and the external resorption of tooth roots. In this study, we evaluated the osteoclast-inducing ability of human dental pulp and periodontal ligament cells, which are mesenchymal cells in dental tissues. These cells expressed RANKL and OPG mRNA constitutively. As osteoclast precursors, CD14(+) monocytes derived from human peripheral blood were isolated, and incubated together with human dental pulp or periodontal ligament cells. Both cell types spontaneously induced the differentiation of CD14(+) monocytes into osteoclasts without osteotropic factors. These results suggest that dental pulp and periodontal ligament cells are involved in regulating the differentiation and function of osteoclasts.

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