Effects of ciprofloxacin-containing antimicrobial scaffolds on dental pulp stem cell viability - In vitro studies

Krzysztof Kamocki, Jacques E. Nör, Marco C. Bottino

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Objective A combination of antibiotics, including but not limited to metronidazole (MET) and ciprofloxacin (CIP), has been indicated to eradicate bacteria in necrotic immature permanent teeth prior to regenerative procedures. It has been shown clinically that antibiotic pastes may lead to substantial stem cell death. The aim of this study was to synthesise scaffolds containing various concentrations of CIP to enhance cell viability while preserving antimicrobial properties. Design Polydioxanone (PDS)-based electrospun scaffolds were processed with decreasing CIP concentrations (25-1 wt.%) and morphologically evaluated using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Cytotoxicity assays were performed to determine whether the amount of CIP released from the scaffolds would lead to human dental pulp stem cell (hDPSC) toxicity. Similarly, WST-1 assays were performed to evaluate the impact of CIP release on hDPSC proliferation. Pure PDS scaffolds and saturated double antibiotic solution MET/CIP (DAP) served as both positive and negative controls, respectively. Antibacterial efficacy against E. faecalis (Ef) was tested. Results A significant decrease in hDPSC' viability at concentrations 5-25 wt.% was observed. However, concentrations below 5 wt.% did not impair cell viability. Data from the WST-1 assays indicated no detrimental impact on cell proliferation for scaffolds containing 2.5 wt.% CIP or less. Significant antimicrobial properties were seen for CIP-scaffolds at lower concentrations (i.e., 1 and 2.5 wt.%). Conclusion The obtained data demonstrated that a reduced concentration of CIP incorporated into PDS-based scaffolds maintains its antimicrobial properties while enhancing viability and proliferation of dental pulp stem cells.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1131-1137
Number of pages7
JournalArchives of Oral Biology
Issue number8
StatePublished - May 30 2015


  • Antibiotics
  • Cytocompatibility
  • Endodontics
  • Regeneration
  • Scaffolds
  • Stem cells

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Dentistry(all)
  • Cell Biology

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