The dental resin monomers HEMA and TEGDMA have inhibitory effects on osteoclast differentiation with low cytotoxicity

Hiroyuki Inamitsu, Kuniaki Okamoto, Eiko Sakai, Kazuhisa Nishishita, Hiroshi Murata, Takayuki Tsukuba

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The dental resin monomers 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) and triethylene glycol dimethacrylate (TEGDMA) are released from the resin matrix due to unpolymerized monomers; once released, they influence various biological functions and the viability of cells in the oral environment. Although HEMA and TEGDMA have various effects on cells, including inflammation, inhibition of cell proliferation or differentiation, and apoptosis, the effects of these monomers on osteoclasts remain unknown. In this study, we investigated the effects of HEMA and TEGDMA on osteoclast differentiation of bone marrow-derived macrophages or murine monocytic cell line RAW-D. Both HEMA and TEGDMA inhibited osteoclast formation and their bone-resorbing activity at non-cytotoxic concentrations. Moreover, HEMA and TEGDMA decreased the expression of nuclear factor of activated T cells cytoplasmic-1 (NFATc1), a master regulator of osteoclast differentiation, and of osteoclast markers that are transcriptionally regulated by NFATc1, including Src and cathepsin K. Regarding their effects on signaling pathways involved in osteoclast differentiation, HEMA impaired the phosphorylation of extracellular signal-regulated kinase and Jun N-terminal kinase, whereas TEGDMA attenuated the phosphorylation of Akt and Jun N-terminal kinase. Thus, HEMA and TEGDMA inhibit osteoclast differentiation through different signaling pathways. This is the first report on the effects of the monomers HEMA and TEGDMA on osteoclasts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)817-824
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Applied Toxicology
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • HEMA
  • osteoclasts; cytotoxicity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Toxicology


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