Gene expression profiles of mitochondria-endoplasmic reticulum tethering in human gingival fibroblasts in response to periodontal pathogens

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The current study aimed to elucidate the potential involvement of mitochondria-endoplasmic reticulum contact genes in the pathogenesis of periodontal disease by monitoring levels of contact associated genes including Mitofusion 1 (MFN1) and MFN2, inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate receptor (IP3R), chaperone glucose-regulated protein 75 (GRP75), sigma non-opioid intracellular receptor 1 (SIGMAR1) and phosphate and tensin homolog induced putative kinase 1 (PINK1) in human gingival fibroblasts in response to periodontal pathogens Fusobacterium nucleatum (F. nucleatum) and Porphyromonas gingivalis (P. gingivalis) in vitro.

Primary human gingival fibroblasts were exposed to live cultures of P. gingivalis (W83; ATCC BAA-308) and F. nucleatum (subsp. Polymorphum; ATCC 10953) alone or in combination for 4 h at a 50 or 200 multiplicity of infection. Escherichia coli lipopolysaccharide (10 μg/mL) exposure was used as a positive control. Gene expression levels of contact genes (MFN1, MFN2, IP3R, GRP75, SIGMAR1 and PINK1) as well as a proinflammatory cytokine, Tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), and the apoptosis associated gene, Immediate early response 3 (IER3), were evaluated by reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction analysis.

MFN1, GRP75, IP3R and PINK1 were significantly upregulated by P. gingivalis with or without F. nucleatum. Only P. gingivalis with F. nucleatum caused a significant upregulation of SIGMAR1. TNF-α and IER3 gene expression positively correlated with the contact-associated gene expression changes.

F. nucleatum and P. gingivalis alone or in combination may differentially dysregulate the gene expression levels of contact-associated genes in human gingival fibroblasts. These host-microbiome interactions may mechanistically be important in the pathogenesis of periodontal disease.


Original languageEnglish
Article number105173
JournalArchives of Oral Biology
Early online date27 May 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 27 May 2021

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