Inhibition of osteoblast differentiation but not adipocyte differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells by sera obtained from aged females

  • Abdallah B
  • Haack-Sørensen M
  • Fink T
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Aging is associated with decreased osteoblast-mediated bone formation leading to bone loss and increased risk for osteoporotic fractures. However, the cellular mechanisms responsible for impaired osteoblast functions are poorly understood. In the present study, we hypothesized that changes in bone microenvironment composition with aging are responsible for impaired osteoprogenitor cell recruitment and differentiation. As a model for bone microenvironment, we examined the effects of sera obtained from young (age 20-30 year old [yo], n = 20) and old (70-84 yo, n = 19) healthy female donors on cell proliferation and differentiation capacity into osteoblasts and adipocytes of human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSC). Cell proliferation rate determined by counting cell number was similar when the cells were cultured in the presence of media containing 5% sera from old or from young donors. Similarly, the number of adipocytes and levels of adipocytic gene expression was similar in cultures incubated with sera from young or old donors. We observed decreased osteoblastic gene expression in hMSC cultured either in pooled or individual sera of old donors compared to sera from young donors: core binding factor/runt-related binding factor 2 (Cbfa1/Runx2) 46% ± 2% (P 

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  • Human serum
  • Mesenchymal stem cell
  • Osteogenic and adipogenic differentiation

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