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PloS one

SDF-1 promotes endochondral bone repair during fracture healing at the traumatic brain injury condition.


PMID 23349789

Abstract

The objective of this study was to investigate the role of stromal cell-derived factor-1 (SDF-1) and its receptor, CXCR4, on bone healing and whether SDF-1 contributes to accelerating bone repair in traumatic brain injury (TBI)/fracture model. Real-time polymerase chain reaction and immunohistochemical analysis were used to detect the expression of SDF-1 during the repair of femoral bone in TBI/fracture model. The TBI/fracture model was treated with anti-SDF-1 neutralizing antibody or AMD3100, an antagonist for CXCR4, and evaluated by histomorphometry. In vitro and in vivo migration assays were used to evaluate the functional effect of SDF-1 on primary mesenchymal stem cells. The expression of SDF1 and CXCR4 messenger RNA was increased during the bone healing in TBI/fracture model but was less increased in fracture only model. High expression of SDF-1 protein was observed in the surrounding tissue of the damaged bone. Treated with anti-SDF-1 antibody or AMD3100 could inhibit new bone formation. SDF-1 increased mesenchymal stem cell chemotaxis in vitro in a dose-dependent manner. The in vivo migration study demonstrated that mesenchymal stem cells recruited by SDF-1 participate in endochondral bone repair. The SDF-1/CXCR4 axis plays a crucial role in the accelerating fracture healing under the condition of TBI and contributes to endochondral bone repair.