Epigallocatechin-3-gallate improves the biocompatibility of bone substitutes in dental pulp stem cells

Priscilla Peláez-Cruz (Lead / Corresponding author), Pia López Jornet, Marco Tatullo, Eduardo Pons-Fuster López

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Background: The Biocompatibility between osteoprogenitor cells and bone substitutes is necessary for cell differentiation and osteogenesis. The aim of this study was to assess the in vitro effect of bovine (Geistlich BioOss®), porcine (OsteoBiol Gen-Os®) and beta-tricalcium phosphate (Cerasorb M®) bone substitutes, and their combination with polyphenol epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), upon cultured dental pulp stem cells (DPSCs).

Methods: The DPSCs were isolated from third molars extracted from healthy individuals and seeded with 5 mg/ml of Bio-Oss® (BO), Gen-Os® (GO) and Cerasorb® (CE) in combination with EGCG 1 μM. The effects were evaluated based on cell viability / cytotoxicity assay (MTT, cell viability staining test), cell migration, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity.

Results: BO and CE produced negative effects upon cell viability and migration, and GO and CE resulted in deficient cell adhesion. On the other hand, all the biomaterials exerted no negative effects upon ALP activity. Interestingly, the addition of EGCG reverted the cytotoxic effect and the loss of migration capacity in the BO and CE groups, and improved cell adhesion in the GO and CE groups. Furthermore, EGCG promoted an overall increased in ALP activity.

Conclusion: The addition of EGCG to the tested biomaterials BO, GO and CE reverts their negative impact on DPSCs, and improves their biocompatibility with cultured DPSCs. The use of EGCG, thus, appears to be a promising strategy for restoring and enhancing the osteoconductive properties of BO, GO and CE in bone regeneration treatments.

Original languageEnglish
Article number152045
Number of pages9
JournalAnnals of Anatomy
Early online date28 Dec 2022
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2023


  • Biocompatibility
  • Bone regeneration
  • Bone substitutes
  • Epigallocatechin-3-gallate
  • Human dental pulp stem cells
  • Osteoconduction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anatomy
  • Developmental Biology


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