OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of transforming growth factor β1 (TGF-β1) and basic fibroblast growth factor 1 (bFGF-1) on the cellular activities, proliferation, and expressions of ligament-specific mRNA and proteins in bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) and ligament fibroblasts (LFs) after directly co-cultured.
METHODS: BMSCs from 3-month-old Sprague Dawley rats were isolated and cultured using intensity gradient centrifugation. LFs were isolated using collagenase. The cells at passage 3 were divided into 6 groups: non-induced BMSCs group (group A), non-induced LFs group (group B), non-induced co-cultured BMSCs and LFs group (group C), induced BMSCs group (group D), induced LFs group (group E), and induced co-cultured BMSCs and LFs group (group F). The cellular activities and proliferation were examined by inverted contrast microscope and MTT; the concentrations of collagen type I and type III were determined by ELISA; and mRNA expressions of collagen types I and III, fibronectin, tenascin C, and matrix metalloproteinase 2 (MMP-2) were measured by real-time fluorescent quantitative PCR.Read More