Myogenic and neurogenic differentiation of human tooth germ stem cells (hTGSCs) are regulated by pluronic block copolymers
Stem cells with high proliferation, self-renewal and differentiation capacities are promising for tissue engineering approaches. Among stem cells, human tooth germ stem cells (hTGSCs) having mesenchymal stem cell characteristics are highly proliferative and able to differentiate into several cell lineages. Researchers have recently focused on transplanting stem cells with bioconductive and/or bioinductive materials that can provide cell commitment to the desired cell lineages. In the present study, effects of pluronic block copolymers (F68, F127 and P85) on in vitro myo- and neurogenic differentiation of human tooth germ stem cells (hTGSCs) were investigated. As P85 was found to exert considerable toxicity to hTGSCs even at low concentrations, it was not evaluated for further differentiation experiments. Immunocytochemical analysis, gene and protein expression studies revealed that while F68 treatment increased lineage-specific gene expression in both myo- and neuro-genically differentiated cells, F127 did not result in any remarkable difference compared to cells treated with differentiation medium. Subsequent studies are required to explore the exact mechanisms of how F68 increases the myogenic and neurogenic differentiation of hTGSCs. The present work indicates that pluronic F68 might be used in functional skeletal and neural tissue engineering applications.
KeywordsTissue engineering Pluronics hTGSCs Biopolymers Differentiation
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