Relationships between periodontal inflammation, lipid peroxide and oxidative damage of multiple organs in rats

Takaaki Tomofuji, Daisuke Ekuni, Koichiro Irie, Tetsuji Azuma, Naofumi Tamaki, Takayuki Maruyama, Tatsuo Yamamoto, Tatsuo Watanabe, Manabu Morita

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Gingival response to periodontal inflammation generates excessive lipid peroxide and such a condition may augment systemic health through increased circulating lipid peroxide. The purpose of the present study was to investigate whether the generation of lipid peroxide in periodontal inflammation could induce tissue injury in the liver, heart, kidney and brain using a rat model. Twelve Wistar rats (8 week-old male) were divided into 2 groups: the periodontal inflammation group, receiving topical application of lipopolysaccharide and proteases to the gingival sulcus for 4 weeks, and the control group using instead pyrogen-free water. After blood samples were collected, specimens from the brain, heart, liver and kidney were resected to determine the concentration of 8-hydroxydeoxyguanosine (an indicator of oxidative DNA damage). Gingival and serum levels for hexanoyl-lysine were measured to evaluate lipid peroxide. Administration of lipopolysaccharide and proteases induced periodontal inflammation, with increasing gingival and serum levels of hexanoyl- lysine. The level of 8-hydroxydeoxyguanosine increased 2.27, 2.01, 1.49 and 1.40 times in mitochondrial DNA from the liver, heart, kidney and brain of rats with periodontal inflammation, respectively. The results reveal that excessive production of lipid peroxide following periodontal inflammation is involved in oxidative DNA damage of the brain, heart, liver and kidney.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)343-349
Number of pages7
JournalBiomedical Research
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Biochemistry,Genetics and Molecular Biology


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