Therapeutic effects of HIF-1α on bone formation around implants in diabetic mice using cell-penetrating DNA-binding protein

Sang Min Oh, Jin Su Shin, Il Koo Kim, Jung Ho Kim, Jae Seung Moon, Sang Kyou Lee, Jae Hoon Lee

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Patients with uncontrolled diabetes are susceptible to implant failure due to impaired bone metabolism. Hypoxia-inducible factor 1α (HIF-1α), a transcription factor that is up-regulated in response to reduced oxygen during bone repair, is known to mediate angiogenesis and osteogenesis. However, its function is inhibited under hyperglycemic conditions in diabetic patients. This study thus evaluates the effects of exogenous HIF-1α on bone formation around implants by applying HIF-1α to diabetic mice and normal mice via a protein transduction domain (PTD)-mediated DNA delivery system. Implants were placed in the both femurs of diabetic and normal mice. HIF-1α and placebo gels were injected to implant sites of the right and left femurs, respectively. We found that bone-to-implant contact (BIC) and bone volume (BV) were significantly greater in the HIF-1α treated group than placebo in diabetic mice (p < 0.05). Bioinformatic analysis showed that diabetic mice had 216 differentially expressed genes (DEGs) and 21 target genes. Among the target genes, NOS2, GPNMB, CCL2, CCL5, CXCL16, and TRIM63 were found to be associated with bone formation. Based on these results, we conclude that local administration of HIF-1α via PTD may boost bone formation around the implant and induce gene expression more favorable to bone formation in diabetic mice.

Original languageEnglish
Article number760
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Feb 20

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Funding Information:
Funding: This study was supported by the Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education (2014R1A1A2055755) to J.-H.L. It was also supported by a National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korea government (MSIP) (NRF-2014R1A2A1A10052466 and NRF-2016K1A1A2912755), the Yonsei University Future-leading Research Initiative of 2015 (2016-22-0053), and the Brain Korea 21 (BK21) PLUS Program, J.-S.S. and J.-S.M. are fellowship awardees by BK21 PLUS program, Republic of Korea to S.-K.L.

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© 2019 by the authors.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Chemistry (miscellaneous)
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Drug Discovery
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry


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