Objective: Studies have shown that Porphyromonas gingivalis and host matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) play important roles in the tissue destruction associated with periodontal disease. It is still unclear which MMPs or their inhibitors are regulated by P. gingivalis at the transcriptional and/or at the protein levels. Therefore, this study was conducted to determine what effects P. gingivalis supernatant has on the collagen degrading ability of human gingival fibroblasts (HGFs) and how it regulates the activation, mRNA expression, and inhibition of MMPs. Methods: Culture supernatant from P. gingivalis ATCC 33277 was added to HGFs cultured in six-well plates coated with Type I collagen. At certain time intervals, the cell conditioned media was collected for zymography and/or western blot analyses to determine the MMP and tissue inhibitor of MMPs (TIMP) protein levels. The cells were then removed and the collagen cleavage visualized by Coomassie blue staining. The mRNA expression of multiple MMPs and TIMPs by the treated and untreated HGFs was determined by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction. Results: The collagen in the six-well plates was degraded more rapidly by the HGFs treated with 10% v/v P. gingivalis supernatant. More active MMP-1, MMP-2, MMP-3, and MMP-14 were detected in the conditioned media from the HGFs treated with the P. gingivalis supernatant. TIMP-1, but not TIMP-2, was decreased in the presence of the P. gingivalis supernatant. MMP-1 mRNA expression by the treated HGFs increased more than two-fold over the untreated HGFs. MMP-3 mRNA was unchanged, MMP-2 mRNA had a slight increase, MMP-14 mRNA decreased, and MMP-15 increased. MMP-12 mRNA was induced in the P. gingivalis treated HGFs. TIMP-1 and TIMP-2 mRNA had a slight increase with P. gingivalis treatment. Conclusion: Porphyromonas gingivalis increased the collagen degrading ability of HGFs, in part, by increasing MMP activation and by lowering the TIMP-1 protein level, as well as by affecting the mRNA expression of multiple MMPs and TIMPs.
- Collagen degradation
- Matrix metalloproteinases
- Porphyromonas gingivalis
- Tissue inhibitors of matrix metalloproteinases
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