Vol. 120, No. 1 (Supplement) 2015
Supplement abstract

Age-related changes in human periosteal derived stem cells: a matter for effective bone regeneration strategies

Published 2015-09-30


  • Periosteal cells,
  • ageing,
  • Nitric Oxide,
  • Ki67,
  • p53,
  • qRT-PCR
  • ...More

How to Cite

Mattioli Belmonte, M., Salvolini, E., Vozzi, G., Lucarini, G., Andreoni, C., Dicarlo, M., & Di Primio, R. (2015). Age-related changes in human periosteal derived stem cells: a matter for effective bone regeneration strategies. Italian Journal of Anatomy and Embryology, 120(1), 120. Retrieved from https://oajournals.fupress.net/index.php/ijae/article/view/4074


Possible age-related changes in Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs) are of great inter- est in view of their use for regenerative medicine approaches also in the elderly. Con- sidering the primary role of periosteum in bone biology and to acquire data for a cell- based therapy stimulating graft osseointegration, we tried to identify specific aging markers or pattern of expression in human periosteal precursor cells (PDPCs). To this aim periosteal tissue was obtained from differently aged healthy subjects, gender matched with a mean age of 16, 28, 63 and 92 years. Immunohistochemical detection of Ki67 and p53, Nitric Oxide (NO) production and qRT- PCR of a selected gene pan- el for early osteoblastic differentiation (bmp2 and runx2) and bone remodelling (IL-6, RANKL and OPG) were evaluated. Our data evidenced that both Ki67 and p53 rep- resent striking markers of cell-cycle arrest in these cells and that their expression cor- relates with NO production. In addition, age affects genes involved in bone remodel- ling, with a significant increase in IL-6 mRNA expression as well as in RANKL/OPG ratio. As far as NO release is concerned, our data showed higher levels in PDPCs iso- lated from the elderly and a good correlation with the immunohistochemical analysis Moreover, mathematical modelling, in silico simulations and biochemical experiments were combined to investigate about possible underlying quantitative correlations. A clear one-term exponential relationship emerged from a comparison of involved marker trends against age of donors concerning measured NO concentration / Ki67 ratio. This analytical approach confirmed Ki67 as a senescence marker to be focused on. We believe that this study, taking into account age-related changes in human PDPCs, opens up new regenerative medicine strategies for aged bone and/or bone metabolic diseases.