Author(s): Xia L, TianYou L, YiJun G, DongSheng T, WenHui L
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Abstract BACKGROUND: The characteristic of oral submucous fibrosis (OSF) is related with the disturbance of synthesis and degradation of extracellular matrix. Arecoline, the areca nut (betel nut) component of betel quid, plays a major role in pathogenesis of OSF. But the exact mechanism how arecoline influences the collagen metabolism is unclear. METHODS: Oral keratinocytes and fibroblasts were cocultured and keratinocytes were pre-treated by arecoline. Fibroblasts alone, fibroblasts stimulated by arecoline, fibroblasts cocultured with keratinocytes and fibroblasts cocultured with keratinocyte pre-treated by arecoline were included as the four groups in the present study. The concentration of collagen, the content and activity of matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) and the concentration of tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase (TIMP) were assessed. RESULTS: The collagen production of fibroblasts decreased when cocultured with keratinocytes; when cocultured with keratinocytes pre-treated by arecoline, fibroblasts produced more soluble collagen than non-pretreated coculture group. MMP-9 was produced only in coculture groups. There was no significant difference in the two coculture groups. The activation ratio of pro-MMP-2 in arecoline pre-treated keratinocytes-fibroblasts coculture group was significantly higher than that of non-coculture groups, but no significant difference existed in the two coculture groups. TIMP-1 produced by arecoline pre-treated keratinocytes-fibroblasts coculture group was significantly higher than those by the other three groups. CONCLUSION: TIMP-1 and the interaction of oral keratinocytes and fibroblasts play important role in pathogenesis of OSF.
This article was published in J Oral Pathol Med
and referenced in Journal of Cytology & Histology