Early gene expression analyzed by cDNA microarray and RT-PCR in osteoblasts cultured with water-soluble and low molecular chitooligosaccharide

Naoko Ohara, Yoshihiko Hayashi, Shizuka Yamada, Se Kwon Kim, Tsunenori Matsunaga, Kajiro Yanagiguchi, Takeshi Ikeda

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Chitosan has a variety of biological activities. However, little is known about how chitosan modulates the hard tissue forming cells. When we cultured an osteoblastic cell line in α-MEM supplemented with 10% FBS and 0.005% chitooligosaccharide for 3 days, alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity was significantly high compared with the control culture group (p<0.05). This study was focused on gene expression in osteoblasts cultured with water-soluble chitooligosaccharide. cDNA probes were synthesized from isolated RNA and labeled with fluorescent dye. They were hybridized with Human 1.0® cDNA microarray, and fluorescent signal was analyzed. cDNA microarray analysis revealed that 16 genes were expressed at ≥1.5-fold higher signal ratio levels in the experimental group compared with the control group after 3 days. RT-PCR analysis showed that chitosan oligomer induced an increase in the expression of two genes, CD56 antigen and tissue-type plasminogen activator. Furthermore, the expression of mRNAs for BMP-2 was almost identical in the experimental and control groups after 3 days of culture, but slightly increased after 7 days of culture with chitosan oligomer. These results suggest that a super-low concentration of chitooligosaccharide could modulate the activity of osteoblastic cells through mRNA levels and that the genes concerning cell proliferation and differentiation can be controlled by water-soluble chitosan.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1749-1754
Number of pages6
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - May 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Chitooligosaccharide
  • Gene expression
  • Osteoblast
  • RT-PCR
  • cDNA microarray

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Biophysics
  • Biomaterials
  • Mechanics of Materials


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