Int J Med Sci 2018; 15(9):944-952. doi:10.7150/ijms.24111
Polydatin, Natural Precursor of Resveratrol, Promotes Osteogenic Differentiation of Mesenchymal Stem Cells
1. Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, University of Foggia, Foggia, Italy
2. Max Planck Institute for Medical Research and Institute of Physical Chemistry, Department of Biophysical Chemistry, University of Heidelberg, Germany
3. Glures srl. Unità Operativa di Napoli, spin off accademico dell'Università di Venezia Cà Foscari, Italy
4. Department of Basic Medical Sciences, Neurosciences and Organs of Senses, University of Bari, Bari, Italy
5. Department of Emergency and Organ Transplantation, Section of Human Anatomy and Histology, University of Bari, Bari, Italy
A.D. and F.P. equally contributed to this work.
Di Benedetto A, Posa F, De Maria S, Ravagnan G, Ballini A, Porro C, Trotta T, Grano M, Muzio LL, Mori G. Polydatin, Natural Precursor of Resveratrol, Promotes Osteogenic Differentiation of Mesenchymal Stem Cells. Int J Med Sci 2018; 15(9):944-952. doi:10.7150/ijms.24111. Available from http://www.medsci.org/v15p0944.htm
Bone loss and fractures are consequences of aging, diseases or traumas. Furthermore the increased number of aged people, due to the rise of life expectancy, needs more strategies to limit the bone loss and regenerate the lost tissue, ameliorating the life quality of patients. A great interest for non-pharmacological therapies based on natural compounds is emerging and focusing on the oligostilbene Polydatin, present in many kinds of fruits and vegetables, when resveratrol particularly in red wines. These molecules have been extensively studied due to their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, showing more recently Resveratrol the ability to enhance osteogenic differentiation and bone formation. However, the clinical applications of Resveratrol are limited due to its low bioavailability and rapid metabolism, while its natural glycosilated precursor Polydatin shows better metabolic stability and major abundance in fresh fruits and vegetables. Nevertheless the role of Polydatin on osteogenic differentiation is still unexplored. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) from dental tissues, such as dental bud stem cells (DBSCs), are able to differentiate toward osteogenic lineage: thus we investigated how Resveratrol and Polydatin influence the differentiation of DBSCs, eventually affecting bone formation. Our results showed that Polydatin increases MSCs osteogenic differentiation sharing similar properties with Resveratrol. These results encourage to deepen the effects of this molecule on bone health and its associated mechanisms of action, wishing for the future a successful use in bone loss prevention and therapy.
Keywords: Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs), phytochemicals, Polydatin, Resveratrol, osteogenic differentiation, bone health.
Aging induces in humans a natural and gradual loss of bone mass resulting in skeletal complications. The rise of life expectancy in most developed countries results in an increased number of osteoporotic patients with high risk of fractures. Nevertheless, numerous other diseases, with different etiopathogenesis, lead to complications such as necrosis and degeneration of bone tissue. To improve the life quality of patients with osteoporosis or damaged bone tissue, either preventive countermeasures, addressed to limit the bone loss, or tissue regeneration strategies targeted to rebuilt the lost bone are needed. The pharmacological therapies often present advantages or side effects depending on the patients to which are administered, thus generating a great interest in the community for non-pharmacological strategies (1), such as food supplements containing natural elements and compounds. For instance, several studies conducted on humans at different ages reported that high fruit intake correlates with higher bone mineral density (BMD) (2), lower hip fracture incidence (3) and better healing after periodontal therapy, preventing tooth loss (4). The antioxidant properties of phytochemicals present in fruits may be liable for such positive effects on bone health. Resveratrol (Res) is a polyphenolic oligostilbene present in many kinds of fruits and plants such as Polygonum Cuspidatum, grapes, cranberries, nuts and other plants. The evidences of its multiple biological effects including cardioprotective, anticancer, neuroprotective, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects (5-8) suggested that Res could be an efficacious food supplement for age-related degenerative diseases such as osteoporosis. Indeed in vitro studies reported that Res directly acts on bone-forming osteoblast cells (9-12) and their precursors (13-16) stimulating their differentiation. Accordingly, evidences from in vivo studies conducted on different animal models, encourage human trials to test the therapeutic efficacy of Res supplementation on bone turnover (17, 18). Actually, low bioavailability and clearance of Res could limit the translation of concentrations, experimentally established, to clinical doses efficacious to achieve beneficial health effects (19, 20). By contrast the natural precursor of Res, the glucoside Polydatin (Pol), present in fruits and plants, showed better oral absorption and metabolic stability than Res, since its serum concentration was 3-4 times higher after oral administration at the same dosage (21), with the further advantage of being more abundant than Res (22-24). Pol shares with Res high antioxidant properties (25) showing even superior ability to modulate oxidative stress (21). Despite a role in ameliorating bone health has been established for Res, there are not studies exploring the effect of its precursor Pol on osteoblast differentiation. Interestingly, very recent studies evidenced that Pol improved bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) survival, protecting them against oxidative injury (26), in spite of inhibiting proliferation and inducing apoptosis via β-catenin signaling at high dose in human osteosarcoma cells (27). Taken together this data encouraged to test and compare the effects of Pol and Res on osteoblast differentiation from mesenchymal stem cells. We and other authors have previously demonstrated that the dental tissues are good sources of cells with excellent mesenchymal stem features that represent an optimal model of cell differentiation toward osteogenic lineage (28-38). In the present study we have investigated in vitro how administration of Res and Pol could influence the osteogenic differentiation of Dental Bud Stem Cells (DBSCs). Our results showed that Res improves the osteogenic capacity of DBSCs and demonstrated for the first time that also its precursor Pol can enhance osteogenic differentiation of these cells. This finding encourages to further investigate the effects of Pol on bone and opens new perspectives for its use as a therapeutic agent in the light of higher absorption and abundance of Pol versus Res.
Material and Methods
Antibodies were from Abnova. Ascorbic acid, β-glicerophosphate, Alizarin red powder, alkaline phosphatase staining kit, MTT, were from Sigma Aldrich. Resveratrol and Polydatin extracted from Polygonum Cuspidatum, according to the procedure described in the Patent EP1292320B1, were provided by Prof. Ravagnan. Resveratrol and polydatin were dissolved in ethanol at 100mM stock solutions (39). Intermediate 1mM and 0.1mM stock solutions were freshly prepared by diluting in ethanol, 100mM stocks, 1:100 and 1:1000 respectively. Intermediate 1mM and 0.1mM stock solutions were diluted 1:1000 in culture medium just prior the use, to reach the final concentrations of 1.0µM and 0.1 µM. CTR samples carried 1:1000 dilution of vehicle. Control without vehicle didn't show any difference compared to control with vehicle. For this reason, the control without vehicle was not included in the data for simpleness.
Patients and Dental Bud Stem Cells Cultures
Third molars tooth buds were obtained from 15 healthy pediatric male donors (8-12 years) underwent to extractions for orthodontics reasons. Parents of each patient gave informed consent to tooth extraction with piezo-surgery technology. The study was approved by the Institutional Review Board of the Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, University of Foggia. The central part of the DBs, was dissected in small pieces and digested in presence of 3mg/mL collagenase I, 4mg/mL dispase (Gibco Ltd., Uxbridge, UK) for 1 hour at 37°C by shacking. Suspension was filtered and the cells were expanded, characterized for mesenchymal stem markers expression and differentiated toward osteogenic lineage as previously described (28, 40).
Detection of protein levels was performed by western blot. DBSCs lysates were cleared by centrifugation at 13000 rpm for 15' at 4°C. The protein concentration of the recovered supernatant was established by protein assay (BIORAD). Same amounts of proteins for each sample were separated by SDS-PAGE, transferred to nitrocellulose membranes (Amersham, UK) using the Trans-Blot (Biorad, USA). The membranes were first subjected to overnight probing at 4°C with primary antibodies, followed by 60 min incubation with secondary antibodies conjugated to horseradish peroxidase at room temperature.
Cell viability assay
Cell viability was measured by the 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay. DBSCs were stimulated with a pulse (72h) of Res and Pol (Res 0.1-1.0 μM and Pol 0.1-1.0 μM) during 7 days in osteogenic conditions. At the end of the culture 10μl/well of MTT 0.5 mg/mL were added, followed by 4-h incubation at 37°C in a humidified 5% CO2 chamber. The reaction was stopped by the addition of 100μl of 0.04 N HCl in absolute isopropanol. The O.D. was read at 570 nm using an automatic plate reader (550 Microplate Reader Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc., CA, USA). The results were normalized to cells incubated under control conditions.
Alkaline phosphatase (ALP)
The expression of the biochemical marker for the osteoblastic activity ALP, was assessed in DBSCs, grown in osteogenic medium (α-MEM supplemented with 2% FBS, 10-8M dexamethasone, and 50 µg/mL ascorbic acid), with a commercial kit: Leukocyte Alkaline Phosphatase Kit (Sigma Aldrich). Cells were fixed with a solution provided from the kit according to manufacturer's instructions. After gently washed with deionized water, cells were stained in the dark with ALP solution (a mixture of FRV-Alkaline Solution, Naphthol AS-BI Alkaline Solution, NaNO2) for 15', rinsed with water, air dried and then analyzed under the microscope. Osteoblasts positive for ALP show a purple color. ALP quantification was performed by ImageJ, analyzing the number of colored pixels corresponding to the positive stained cells.
Alizarin red staining (ARS)
The ability of differentiated DBSCs to generate calcium-rich deposits was detected by performing Alizarin Red Staining. The cell culture medium was removed before the staining procedure, the cells were rinsed gently with PBS and fixed with 10% formalin at room temperature for 10 minutes. Fixative residues were removed with deionized water. 1% ARS solution was added and incubated at room temperature for 10 minutes. ARS solution was discarded, the wells were rinsed twice with deionized water and air dried. The monolayer appeared red stained. As previously described, the dye was extracted from the stained cell layer and assayed for quantification at 405 nm (41, 42). The results were evaluated for statistical analysis.
Statistical analyses were performed by Student's t-test with the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (spssx/pc) software (SPSS, Chicago, IL, USA). The results were considered statistically significant for p<0.05.
DBSCs are Responsive to Res and Pol stimulation
Mesenchymal and stem features of DBSCs as well as commitment and differentiation toward osteoblastic lineage were established by flow cytometric analysis and in vitro osteoblast differentiation and mineralization. As already demonstrated (28), DBSCs from 15 donors confirmed ≥ 95% expression of CD73, CD90, CD105 and were negative for CD45, a common leukocyte antigen (data not shown). The cells, cultured under osteogenic conditions, differentiated into osteoblast-like cells, produced mineralized matrix nodules and expressed the typical osteoblastic markers Runx-2, Alkaline Phosphatase (ALP) and Collagen I (Coll I) (data not shown), thus reflecting the previously reported findings (28, 29). Res has been proposed as a potent stimulator of bone formation in vivo through its action in promoting osteoblast differentiation from MSCs (15, 16). Studies suggested that the natural precursor Pol, may have similar antioxidant properties, with the advantage of being more abundant and metabolically more stable (43-45). Res is known to regulate the Sirt-1 protein, by increasing its expression and activity (46, 47), thus before testing the role of these molecules on osteoblast differentiation of DBSCs, we tested the responsiveness of DBSCs to Res and Pol by investigating the expression of Sirt-1. The cells were seeded in osteogenic medium and after 4 days were stimulated with a pulse (72h) of Res and Pol (Res 0.1-1.0 μM and Pol 0.1-1.0 μM). At day 7 whole cell lysates were collected and analyzed by western blot. Sirt-1 was expressed in the control DBSCs differentiated for 7 days, but its expression was upregulated in the differentiated DBSCs treated with Res and Pol. The treatment with Res increased the expression of Sirt-1, without significant differences between the two doses (0.1-1.0 μM; 55%-61% respectively), as did the treatment with 0.1 μM Pol (66%) and to a lesser extent with 1.0 μM (17%) (Fig.1-A). These results demonstrated that DBSCs cultivated in osteogenic conditions are responsive to Res and Pol treatment by increasing the expression of Sirt-1. In parallel, cultures in same conditions were assayed for cell viability with MTT-test (3-(4,5-Dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide). Fig.1-B showed that the treatment with Res (0.1-1.0 μM) and Pol (0.1-1.0 μM) did not affect significantly DBSCs growth or viability compared to control, although a slightly decrease of viability was observed in Pol 1.0 μM. By contrast, higher doses of both molecules (10-100 μM) significantly decreased MTT values (data not shown).
Responsiveness of DBSCs to Res and Pol stimulation and cell viability. (A) Immunoblots show the protein expression profile of Sirt-1, in DBSCs stimulated with a pulse (72h) of Res and Pol (Res 0.1-1.0 μM and Pol 0.1-1.0 μM) during 7 days in osteogenic conditions and CTR. Each graph represents the mean OD ± SE of 3 independent experiments performed in triplicate. ∗P < 0.01 compared to T0. Student's t-test was used for single comparison. Representative immunoblotting were chosen for the figure. (B) MTT assay shows cell viability of DBSCs stimulated with a pulse (72h) of Res and Pol (Res 0.1-1.0 μM and Pol 0.1-1.0 μM) during 7 days in osteogenic conditions and CTR. The graphs are representative of the mean values ± SE of three independent experiments in which each treatment was performed in quadruplicate.(Click on the image to enlarge.)
Res and Pol enhance osteogenic differentiation of DBSCs
We investigated if the responsiveness of DBSCs to Res and Pol might influence their osteogenic differentiation. The cells were cultured in the same conditions described for the previous experiments and whole cell lysates were collected and subjected to western blot analysis. The expression of osteogenic differentiation markers ATF-4 and Osteopontin (OPN) was investigated. Interestingly and consistently with the Sirt-1 modulation, Res treatment upregulated the expression of ATF-4 at both concentrations (0.1-1.0 μM; 36%-46% respectively) while, Pol stimulation was efficacious to induce upregulation of ATF-4 at 0.1 μM (23%) but not at 1.0 μM (Fig.2). Instead, Res treatment increased the expression of OPN at 1.0 μM (63%) and interestingly, similar increase percentage was reached with lower concentration (0.1 μM) of Pol (63%).
Therefore, we applied a histochemical assay to evaluate the expression of the typical osteoblast marker ALP. This test, reflecting the expression trend of OPN, showed that stimulation with Res 1.0 μM and Pol 0.1 μM increased ALP staining (Fig.3), thus indicating the ability of Res and Pol to enhance the differentiation of DBSCs in osteoblast-like cells and supporting the molecular profile results with phenotypical appearance. These results suggest a more responsiveness of the cells to Pol, indicating that Pol might be efficacious at a lower concentration than Res in inducing osteogenic differentiation of DBSCs.
Res and Pol enhance mineral matrix nodules deposition of DBSCs
To further explore the role of these molecules in osteoblast differentiation of DBSCs, we cultured the cells in mineralizing conditions with a pulse (72h) stimulation of Res and Pol. After 3 days in presence of mineralizing medium the cells were stimulated with Res 0.1-1.0 μM and Pol 0.1-1.0 μM for 72h and kept in culture until bone matrix deposition. Using histochemical assays, we evaluated with Alizarin Red Staining (ARS) how Res and Pol stimulation influenced the mineralization capacity of DBSCs. The mineral matrix nodules deposition capacity was enhanced in cells treated with 0.1 μM Pol in comparison to the control (116%), while 1.0 μM dose of Pol didn't change the ability of the cells to mineralize. The treatment with Res increased the mineral matrix deposition of DBSCs with a mild but not significant difference between the two doses (0.1-1.0 μM; 86-65%) (Fig.4). Interestingly, although here the lower dose of Res (0.1 μM), was sufficient to rise mineral deposition, ARS quantification revealed that mineral matrix deposition was higher (30-52%) in cells cultured with Pol 0.1 μM if compared to cells treated with Res 0.1-1.0 μM.
Effect of Res and Pol on the expression of osteogenic markers ATF-4 and OPN. Immunoblots show the protein expression profile of two markers of osteogenic differentiation, ATF-4 and OPN, in DBSCs stimulated with a pulse (72h) of Res and Pol (Res 0.1-1.0 μM and Pol 0.1-1.0 μM) during 7 days in osteogenic conditions and CTR. Each graph represents the mean OD ± SE of 3 independent experiments performed in triplicate. ∗P < 0.01 compared to T0. #P < 0.01 compared to Res 0.1 μM. Student's t-test was used for single comparison. Representative immunoblotting were chosen for the figure.(Click on the image to enlarge.)
Expression of osteogenic marker ALP in response to Res and Pol stimulation. ALP histochemical assay (purple staining) performed on DBSCs stimulated with a pulse (72h) of Res and Pol (Res 0.1-1.0 μM and Pol 0.1-1.0 μM) during 7 days in osteogenic conditions and CTR. The graph represents the mean percentage of ALP positive area/well ± SE of 3 independent experiments performed in quadruplicate. (∗P < 0 01) compared to CTR. Student's t-test was used for single comparisons. The wells of a representative experiment were chosen for the figure.(Click on the image to enlarge.)
Quantification of mineral matrix deposition following Res and Pol stimulation. Mineral matrix deposition was assayed after 21 days in osteogenic conditions by ARS (red staining). The graph shows the OD quantification of extracted dye from stained cell layers as mean percentage ± SE of 3 independent experiments performed in quadruplicate. *P<0,001; #P< 0.05 compared to CTR. Student's t-test was used for single comparisons. The wells of a representative experiment were chosen for the figure.(Click on the image to enlarge.)
The results of the present study demonstrated for the first time that Pol, the natural glycosilated precursor of Res, is able to stimulate the osteogenic differentiation of human MSCs from dental bud. As we previously demonstrated (28, 29) DBSCs expressed ≥ 95% of common mesenchymal stem markers (CD73, CD90, CD105), under osteogenic conditions expressed the typical osteoblastic markers and produced mineralized matrix nodules, representing an optimal model of cell differentiation toward osteogenic lineage. Recently we also showed that natural molecules, as vitamin D, oxytocin, further increased the osteogenic potential of mesenchymal and osteoblast-like cells (48-52). First, here we showed that DBSCs were responsive to Res and Pol, since the treatment with both molecules was able to increase the expression of Sirt-1. Res is known to modulate Sirt-1 expression and activity in different cell types (15, 46, 47) including MSCs from human bone marrow (53, 54) and dental pulp (55); Pol was reported more recently to increase Sirt-1 levels in some cell types (56-58) but no data were present about MSCs. Our results are then consistent with the literature data, but in addition provide the first evidence that human MSCs respond to Pol stimulation by increasing Sirt-1 expression, likewise to Res. Subsequently we have demonstrated that DBSCs cultured in osteogenic conditions responded to Res and Pol stimulation by increasing the expression of the typical osteoblast marker Atf-4. Atf-4 is a transcription factor required for osteoblast differentiation that in turn regulates the expression of other osteoblastic proteins such as the extracellular matrix components (59-61). Furthermore, our experiments demonstrated that the expression of OPN, a typical bone matrix protein, was upregulated by the treatment with Res and Pol. These findings showed that Res and Pol stimulation increased Sirt-1 expression in DBSCs driving these cells, through ATF-4, toward osteoblast maturation, although the intracellular signaling mechanism needs deeper investigations. Interestingly is reported that Sirt-1 promotes osteogenic differentiation and is upregulated during the osteogenic process (62-64), thus supporting our finding. The present study further provided demonstrations that this molecular pattern was actually accompanied by enzymatic expression evidences. Indeed DBSCs treated with Res and Pol showed increased expression of ALP, the enzyme promoting bone matrix mineralization (65) and consistent with this, the treated cells showed higher amount of mineral matrix deposition. It is known that Res stimulates in vivo bone formation (17, 18) promoting in vitro the differentiation of osteoblasts and precursors (9, 13-16). To establish efficacious dosage ranges of administration for human trials has been difficult (19, 20) because some studies have demonstrated that intestinal absorption of Res is high, but its bioavailability is low due to its rapid metabolism (66, 67).Whereas the presence of a glycosilic group in the Pol molecule allows to resist oxidation, prolongs its half-life and increases its solubility (68), furthermore Pol amount results to be more abundant then Res in the plants (22-24). The outcome of this work is that any data were present in the literature regarding the effect of Pol on osteoblast differentiation, while we showed that the glucoside shared similar effects with Res, enhancing osteogenic differentiation of DBSCs and increasing mineral matrix deposition. Similarly, Pol shares with Res antioxidant (25, 69-71) and anti-inflammatory (39, 72, 73) features, although appearing even more efficacious in modulating oxidative stress (21, 70). Intriguingly we showed that lower dose of Pol (0.1 μM) consistently stimulates the osteogenic differentiation of DBSCs, up-regulating the expression of typical osteoblast markers (ATF-4, OCN, ALP) and increasing mineral matrix deposition, while same dose of Res is not always efficacious and the higher dose (1.0 μM) is somehow necessary to raise the expression at least of OCN and ALP. Notably, both concentrations (0.1-1.0 μM) of Res and Pol used in this work, did not affect significantly DBSCs growth or viability (Fig.1-B), although a slightly decrease of viability is observed in Pol 1.0 μM, as did higher concentrations of both molecules (10-100 μM) (data not shown). Importantly, dose depending effects have been reported in the literature for Res (74-78), likewise recently emerged for Pol (26, 27). In the light of these evidences it is possible to hypothesize that concentrations ≥ 1.0 μM might be ineffective, or even inhibitory on osteogenic differentiation of MSCs from dental bud. Actually Pol 0.1 μM significantly increased all the tested markers, while Pol 1.0 μM appeared to be mostly ineffective on osteogenic differentiation, probably due to a slight inhibition on cell viability. Res 0.1 μM, in some cases (OPN expression, ALP expression) seemed to be inefficacious (Fig.2-3). Such markers indeed, increased with the higher (1.0 μM) concentration of Res. In the perspective of using molecules, although of natural origin, for therapeutic purposes, it is preferable efficacy at low doses, rather than high, in order to avoid the drawbacks due to high doses. In the light of this, Pol might be considered highly effective because elicited positive significant effects on all osteogenic markers tested, at 0.1 μM concentration. While, Res failed to elicit significant increase of OPN and ALP at 0.1 μM. These evidences, the metabolic stability and antioxidant features of Pol, encourage to further explore the effects of this molecule on bone metabolism and on its associated mechanisms of action. Interestingly, Pol elicited intriguing effects on bone-related cells, since protects BMSCs survival against oxidative stress (26) and inhibits the growth of osteosarcoma cells (27) at different concentrations. Thus, in conclusion, it is conceivable a role of Pol in ameliorating bone health as elective molecule for non-pharmacological therapies, such as those based on the consumption of functional food.
MSCs: Mesenchymal Stem Cells; DBSCs: Dental Bud Stem Cells; Res: Resveratrol; Pol: Polydatin; ALP: Alkaline Phosphatase; ARS: Alizarin Red Staining; Coll I: Collagen I; MTT: 3-(4,5-Dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide; OPN: Osteopontin; BMSCs: Bone Marrow Stem/Stromal Cells.
The author A.D. is funded by Fondo di Sviluppo e Coesione 2007-2013, APQ Ricerca Regione Puglia “Programma regionale a sostegno della specializzazione intelligente e della sostenibilità sociale ed ambientale-FutureInResearch”. This work was partially awarded from Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca—PRIN 20098KM9RN (Progetto di Ricerca d'Interesse Nazionale—Grant 2009).
A.D. and G.M. conceived and designed the research; A.D. and F.P. performed the research; A.D., F.P. and G.M. analyzed the data; S.D., G.R., A.B., C.P., T.T, M.G., L.L. contributed to reagents, materials and analysis tools; A.D., F.P., G.M., G.R. wrote the paper. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.
The present work was extracted from the Patent n.16999PTIT entitled “Composizioni comprendenti o costituite da Polidatina per uso nel trattamento delle patologie ossee”, deposited with application number 102017000079581.
The authors have declared that no competing interest exists.
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