Odontoblast-like MDPC-23 cells produce pro-inflammatory IL-6 in response to lipoteichoic acid and express the antimicrobial peptide CRAMP

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Objective: Odontoblasts are thought to be involved in innate immunity but their precise role in this process is not fully understood. Here, we assess effects of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and lipoteichoic acid (LTA), produced by Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria, respectively, on matrix metalloproteinase-8 (MMP-8), interleukin-6 (IL-6) and cathelin-related antimicrobial peptide (CRAMP) expression in odontoblast-like MDPC-23 cells. Material and methods: Gene activity and protein production was determined by quantitative real-time RT-PCR and ELISA, respectively. Cellular expression of CRAMP was determined by immunocytochemistry. Results: Stimulation with LTA (5 and 25 µg/ml) but not LPS (1 and 5 µg/ml) for 24 h enhanced IL-6 mRNA expression. The LTA-induced up-regulation of IL-6 mRNA levels was associated with increased IL-6 protein levels. Stimulation with either LPS or LTA for 24 h lacked effect on both MMP-8 transcript and protein expression. Immunocytochemistry disclosed that MDPC-23 cells expressed immunoreactivity for CRAMP. MDPC-23 cells showed mRNA expression for CRAMP, but stimulation with either LPS or LTA did not modulate CRAMP transcript expression. Conclusions: We show that MDPC-23 cells possess immune-like cell properties such as LTA-induced IL-6 production and expression of the antimicrobial peptide CRAMP, suggesting that odontoblasts may modulate innate immunity via these mechanisms.


External organisations
  • Malmö University
  • Lund University
  • Folktandvården i Skåne
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  • Dentistry


  • Antimicrobial peptides, cytokine, innate immunity, odontoblast
Original languageEnglish
JournalActa Odontologica Scandinavica
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2019 Nov 14
Publication categoryResearch