Effects of resolvin d1 on cell survival and cytokine expression of human gingival fibroblasts

Mohamed Khaled, Nouf Al Shibani, Nawaf Labban, Ghada Batarseh, Fengyu Song, John Ruby, L. Jack Windsor

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Background: Tissue breakdown in periodontitis is initiated by bacteria, such as Porphyromonas gingivalis, and is caused largely by host responses. Resolvins protect the host against acute inflammation by blocking the migration of polymorphonuclear neutrophils to initiate resolution. The effects of resolvins on human gingival fibroblasts (HGFs) are unknown. This study examines the effects of resolvin D1 on HGF survival and cytokine expression when treated with or without P. gingivalis supernatant. Methods: Cytotoxicity of resolvin D1 on HGFs with or without a toxic level of P. gingivalis supernatant was measured with lactate dehydrogenase assays. Cytokine arrays were performed on HGF-conditioned media treated with or without resolvin D1 and with or without P. gingivalis supernatant. Results: Resolvin D1 had no cytotoxic effects on HGFs at concentrations between 1 and 1,000 nM (all P < 0.05). Resolvin D1 (1,000 nM) significantly inhibited the toxic effects of 13.5% (v/v) P. gingivalis supernatant on HGFs (P = 0.002). Resolvin D1 significantly reduced the expression of interleukin (IL)-6 (P = 0.010) and monocyte chemoattractant protein (MCP)-1 (P = 0.04) in untreated fibroblasts. P. gingivalis (10%) supernatant significantly increased the expression levels of granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (CSF), granulocyte CSF, growth-regulated oncogene (GRO), IL-5, IL-6, IL-7, IL-8, IL-10, MCP-1, MCP-2, MCP-3, and monokine induced by g-interferon. Resolvin D1 significantly reduced the expression of GRO (P = 0.04), marginally reduced the levels of MCP-1 (P = 0.10), and marginally increased the levels of transforming growth factor (TGF)-b1 (P = 0.07) from HGFs treated with P. gingivalis supernatant. Conclusions: Resolvin D1 altered the cytotoxicity of P. gingivalis supernatant on HGFs. Resolvin D1 significantly reduced GRO, marginally reduced MCP-1, and marginally increased TGF-b1 from P. gingivalis-treated HGFs, which could alter the ability of P. gingivalis to induce inflammation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1838-1846
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of periodontology
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2013


  • Bacteria
  • Cell biology
  • Cytokines
  • Fibroblasts
  • Microbiology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Periodontics

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