Immunorthodontics: in vivo gene expression of orthodontic tooth movement

Yehuda Klein, Omer Fleissig*, David Polak, Yechezkel Barenholz, Ofer Mandelboim, Stella Chaushu

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Orthodontic tooth movement (OTM) is a “sterile” inflammatory process. The present study aimed to reveal the underlying biological mechanisms, by studying the force associated-gene expression changes, in a time-dependent manner. Ni-Ti springs were set to move the upper 1st-molar in C57BL/6 mice. OTM was measured by μCT. Total-RNA was extracted from tissue blocks at 1,3,7 and 14-days post force application, and from two control groups: naïve and inactivated spring. Gene-expression profiles were generated by next-generation-RNA-sequencing. Gene Set Enrichment Analysis, K-means algorithm and Ingenuity pathway analysis were used for data interpretation. Genes of interest were validated with qRT-PCR. A total of 3075 differentially expressed genes (DEGs) were identified, with the greatest number at day 3. Two distinct clusters patterns were recognized: those in which DEGs peaked in the first days and declined thereafter (tissue degradation, phagocytosis, leukocyte extravasation, innate and adaptive immune system responses), and those in which DEGs were initially down-regulated and increased at day 14 (cell proliferation and migration, cytoskeletal rearrangement, tissue homeostasis, angiogenesis). The uncovering of novel innate and adaptive immune processes in OTM led us to propose a new term “Immunorthodontics”. This genomic data can serve as a platform for OTM modulation future approaches.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number8172
JournalScientific Reports
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2020

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