Involvement of mitochondrial biogenesis during the differentiation of human periosteum-derived mesenchymal stem cells into adipocytes, chondrocytes and osteocytes

  • A. Ram Lee
  • Dong Kyu Moon
  • Adrian Siregar
  • Sun Young Moon
  • Ryoung-Hoon Jeon
  • Young-Bum Son
  • Bo Gyu Kim
  • Young-Sool Hah
  • Sun-Chul Hwang
  • June-Ho ByunEmail author
  • Dong Kyun WooEmail author
Research Article


Due to a rapidly expanding aging population, the incidence of age-related or degenerative diseases has increased, and efforts to handle the issue with regenerative medicine via adult stem cells have become more important. And it is now clear that the mitochondrial energy metabolism is important for stem cell differentiation. When stem cells commit to differentiate, glycolytic metabolism is being shifted to mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS) to meet an increased cellular energy demand required for differentiated cells. However, the nature of cellular metabolisms during the differentiation process of periosteum-derived mesenchymal stem cells (POMSC) is still unclear. In the present study, we investigated mitochondrial biogenesis during the adipogenic, chondrogenic, and osteogenic differentiation of POMSCs. Both mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) contents and mitochondrial proteins (VDAC and mitochondrial OXPHOS complex subunits) were increased during all of these mesenchymal lineage differentiations of POMSCs. Interestingly, glycolytic metabolism is reduced as POMSCs undergo osteogenic differentiation. Furthermore, reducing mtDNA contents by ethidium bromide treatments prevents osteogenic differentiation of POMSCs. In conclusion, these results indicate that mitochondrial biogenesis and OXPHOS metabolism play important roles in the differentiation of POMCS and suggest that pharmaceutical modulation of mitochondrial biogenesis and/or function can be a novel regulation for POMSC differentiation and regenerative medicine.


Mesenchymal stem cell Differentiation Mitochondria 



This work was supported by the National Research Foundation (NRF) of Korea (Grants #: NRF-2016R1D1A1B03931722 and NRF-2017R1D1A1B03035996).

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The authors declare no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Ram Lee
    • 1
  • Dong Kyu Moon
    • 2
  • Adrian Siregar
    • 1
  • Sun Young Moon
    • 1
  • Ryoung-Hoon Jeon
    • 3
  • Young-Bum Son
    • 3
  • Bo Gyu Kim
    • 1
  • Young-Sool Hah
    • 4
  • Sun-Chul Hwang
    • 2
  • June-Ho Byun
    • 5
    Email author
  • Dong Kyun Woo
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.College of Pharmacy and Research Institute of Pharmaceutical SciencesGyeongsang National UniversityJinjuRepublic of Korea
  2. 2.Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Institute of Health Sciences, School of Medicine and HospitalGyeongsang National UniversityJinjuRepublic of Korea
  3. 3.Department of Theriogenology and Biotechnology, College of Veterinary MedicineGyeongsang National UniversityJinjuRepublic of Korea
  4. 4.Clinical Research Institute of GyeongsangNational University HospitalJinjuRepublic of Korea
  5. 5.Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Institute of Health Sciences, School of Medicine and HospitalGyeongsang National UniversityJinjuRepublic of Korea

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