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J Cell Biochem. 2012 Apr;113(4):1348-58. doi: 10.1002/jcb.24007.

MMP-3 provokes CTGF/CCN2 production independently of protease activity and dependently on dynamin-related endocytosis, which contributes to human dental pulp cell migration.

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Department of Endodontics, Nihon University School of Dentistry at Matsudo, Matsudo, Chiba 271-8587, Japan.


Matrix metalloproteinase-3 (MMP-3) expression is promoted after pulpotomy, and application of MMP-3 to dental pulp after pulpotomy accelerates angiogenesis and hard tissue formation. However, the mechanism by which MMP-3 promotes dental pulp wound healing is still unclear. Connective tissue growth factor/CCN family 2 (CTGF/CCN2), a protein belonging to the CCN family, is considered to participate in wound healing, angiogenesis, and cell migration. In this study, we examined the involvement of CTGF/CCN2 in MMP-3-induced cell migration in human dental pulp (fibroblast-like) cells. In human dental pulp cells, MMP-3 promoted cell migration, but this effect was clearly blocked in the presence of anti-CTGF/CCN2 antibody. MMP-3 provoked mRNA and protein expression and secretion of CTGF/CCN2 in a concentration- and time-dependent manner. The MMP-3 inhibitor NNGH failed to suppress MMP-3-induced CTGF/CCN2 protein expression. The potent dynamin inhibitor dynasore clearly inhibited MMP-3-induced CTGF/CCN2 expression. These results strongly suggest that MMP-3 induces CTGF/CCN2 production independently of the protease activity of MMP-3 and dependently on dynamin-related endocytosis, which is involved in cell migration in human dental pulp cells.

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