The effect of commercially available endodontic cements and biomaterials on osteogenic differentiation of dental pulp pluripotent-like stem cells

Atari Maher, Raquel Núnez-Toldrà, Neus Carrio, Eduard Ferres-Padro, Hamad Ali, Sheyla Montori, Ashraf Al Madhoun

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The aim of this study is to compare the osteogenic differentiation capacity of the dental pulp pluripotent-like stem cells (DPPSCs) using conditional media pretreated with ProRoot-MTA, Biodentine (BD) or the newly manufactured pure Portland cement Med-PZ (MZ). DPPSCs, isolated from human third molars, are the most relevant cell model to draw conclusions about the role of biomaterials on dental tissue regeneration. Cytotoxicity, alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity, and calcium deposition analysis were evaluated at different differentiation time points. Gene expression of key osteogenic markers (RUNX2, Collagen I and Osteocalcin) was determined by qRT-PCR analysis. The osteogenic capacity of cells cultured in conditioned media prepared from MZ or MTA cements was comparable. BD conditioned media supported cell proliferation but failed to induce osteogenesis. Relative to controls and other cements, high osteogenic gene expression was observed in cultures pre-treated with the novel endodontic cement MZ. In conclusion, the in vitro behavior of a MZ- endodontic cement was evaluated, showing similar enhanced cell proliferation compared to other commercially available cements but with an enhanced osteogenic capacity with prospective potential as a novel cement for endodontic treatments.

Original languageEnglish
Article number48
JournalDentistry Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018


  • Biodentine
  • Biomaterials
  • Dental pulp
  • Dental pulp pluripotent-like stem cell
  • Med-PZ
  • MTA
  • Osteogenesis
  • Osteogenic differentiation
  • Pluripotency

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