Development of experimentally-induced periodontitis in a Sprague Dawley rat model
Iraqi Journal of Veterinary Sciences,
2021, Volume 35, Issue 4, Pages 765-769
AbstractPeriodontitis is a common inflammatory disease that leads to the degradation of periodontium and results in alveolar bone loss. The development of a suitable animal model of periodontitis is a prerequisite to understanding better the mechanisms that underly this disease. This study evaluated periodontal disease induction via retentive ligature, intragingival injection of lipopolysaccharide (LPS), and their combination in a rat model.Seventy-two Sprague Dawley rats were divided into four groups. The first group (control) did not receive any treatment. The second group underwent the application of 4/0 nylon ligature around the second maxillary molars. The third group was treated with an intragingival injection of Porphyromonas gingivalis LPS into the palatal mucosa of the second maxilla molars, and the fourth group was treated with a combination of ligature and LPS injection (ligature-LPS). Morphological changes in the gingival tissues were evaluated after 7, 14, and 30 days of treatment.Significant degenerative changes were observed in the periodontal tissues and alveolar bone in the third and fourth groups, which were evident as early as seven days. The lesions remained until 14 days and declined with time in the third and fourth groups. The changes induced by ligature and ligature-LPS were not different. Injection with LPS alone resulted in minimal increases in the Gingival and Plaque Indices.The ligature technique induced periodontal disease successfully, more effective than the injection of LPS. The combination of ligature with LPS injection added no significant effect compared to ligature alone.
Development of experimentally-induced periodontitis in a Sprague Dawley rat model
H. Mustafa1, A.Kh. Ali2, C.H. Cheng3, R. Radzi3, L.S. Fong3, N.M. Mustapha3, H.O. Dyary1
1College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Sulaimani, Sulaymaniyah, 2College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Mosul, Mosul, Iraq, 3 Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University Putra Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
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Periodontitis is a common inflammatory disease that leads to the degradation of periodontium and results in alveolar bone loss. The development of a suitable animal model of periodontitis is a prerequisite to understanding better the mechanisms that underly this disease. This study evaluated periodontal disease induction via retentive ligature, intragingival injection of lipopolysaccharide (LPS), and their combination in a rat model.Seventy-two Sprague Dawley rats were divided into four groups. The first group (control) did not receive any treatment. The second group underwent the application of 4/0 nylon ligature around the second maxillary molars. The third group was treated with an intragingival injection of Porphyromonas gingivalis LPS into the palatal mucosa of the second maxilla molars, and the fourth group was treated with a combination of ligature and LPS injection (ligature-LPS). Morphological changes in the gingival tissues were evaluated after 7, 14, and 30 days of treatment.Significant degenerative changes were observed in the periodontal tissues and alveolar bone in the third and fourth groups, which were evident as early as seven days. The lesions remained until 14 days and declined with time in the third and fourth groups. The changes induced by ligature and ligature-LPS were not different. Injection with LPS alone resulted in minimal increases in the Gingival and Plaque Indices.The ligature technique induced periodontal disease successfully, more effective than the injection of LPS. The combination of ligature with LPS injection added no significant effect compared to ligature alone.
Keywords: Alveolar bone, Periodontitis, Porphyromonas gingivalis, Lipopolysaccharide
تطویر التهاب دواعم السن المستحث تجریبیا فی نموذج جرذ سبراج داولی
هانا حسن مصطفی١، احمد خلف علی2، جن هوی جک3، روزانالیزا رادزی3، لاو سنک فونک3، نوردین محمد مصطفی3 و دیاری هیوا عثمان1
1کلیة الطب البیطری، جامعة السلیمانیة، السلیمانیة، 2کلیة الطب البیطری، جامعة الموصل، الموصل، العراق، 3کلیة الطب البیطری، جامعة بوترا المالیزیة، کوالا لامبور، مالیزیا
التهاب دواعم السن هو مرض التهابی شائع یؤدی إلى تدهور اللثة وإلى فقدان العظام السنخیة. یعد تطویر نموذج حیوانی مناسب لالتهاب دواعم السن شرطا أساسیا لفهم الآلیات الکامنة وراء هذا المرض بشکل أفضل. قیمت هذه الدراسة لاحداث التهاب اللثة عن طریق العقد المترابطة بخیط النایلون والحقن داخل اللثة بمتعدد السکرید الشحمی وتولیفهما فی نموذج الفئران. تم تقسیم اثنین وسبعین جرذ سبراج داولی إلى أربع مجموعات. المجموعة الأولى (السیطرة) لم تتلق أی علاج. خضعت المجموعة الثانیة لتطبیق 4/0 ضمادة نایلون حول الأضراس العلویة الثانیة. عولجت المجموعة الثالثة بحقن بمتعدد السکرید الشحمی داخل اللثة فی الغشاء المخاطی الحنکی للأضراس العلویة الثانیة، وعولجت المجموعة الرابعة بمزیج من الحقن بمتعدد السکرید الشحمی مع الرباط. تم تقییم التغیرات المورفولوجیة فی أنسجة اللثة بعد 7 و 14 و 30 یوما من العلاج. لوحظت تغیرات تنکسیة کبیرة فی أنسجة اللثة والعظم السنخی فی المجموعتین الثالثة والرابعة، والتی کانت واضحة منذ سبعة أیام. بقیت الآفات حتى 14 یوما وتراجعت مع الوقت. لم تکن التغییرات التی أحدثها الرباط والرباط مع متعدد السکرید الشحمی مختلفة. أدى الحقن باستخدام متعدد السکرید الشحمی وحده إلى الحد الأدنى من الزیادات فی مؤشرات اللثة واللویحة. تسببت تقنیة الأربطة فی حدوث أمراض اللثة بنجاح، وهی أکثر فعالیة من حقن متعدد السکرید الشحمی. لم یضف الجمع بین الأربطة وحقن متعدد السکرید الشحمی أی تأثیر معنوی.
Periodontal disease is a major multifactorial oral disorder in humans, mainly caused by bacterial plaque deposition on the periodontium (1). The disease can be graded according to the degree of change in the gums and teeth from mild plaque and gingivitis [score 1] to gingival recession and degradation of the periodontal ligament [score 2] to significant inflammation and loss of teeth [score 3] (2). Many risk factors are involved in periodontitis pathogenesis in animals, such as breed, sex, age, diet, bedding, water, weight, zinc deficiency, and stress (3). Various animal models have been used to inquire into the mechanism of periodontal disease and the host-bacterial interaction, such as primates, dogs, pigs, ferrets, rabbits, rats, and mice (4). Rodents, particularly rats, are suitable models for experimental periodontal research because of their low cost and ease of handling (5).
Dental caries seldom occurs naturally in rodents due to microflora, pH, and diet (6). However, inoculation of Porphyromonas gingivalis and Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans, or their pathogenic products such as lipopolysaccharide (LPS), has been described to induce periodontitis in rats. The ligature of the dentogingival area has also been attempted to allow the accumulation of subgingival microorganisms. In the mouse, the ligature model could result in alveolar bone loss within a short period (7). Intra-gingival injection of LPS derived from P. gingivalis could also induce periodontal inflammation and bone resorption in experimental animals. However, to induce the same lesion, this method may need a longer time (8,9). A combination of ligature and inoculation of P. gingivalis has been reported to induce alveolar bone loss in the rat model (10). The combination of ligature with a pathogenic product, such as lipopolysaccharide from P. gingivalis, which would accelerate the process, is not well described. We hypothesize that a combination of ligature and injection of LPS would induce periodontal disease in a shorter time compared to using either ligature or LPS alone. Hence, this study aimed to find the best model of periodontal disease production in the shortest time. We compared the morphological changes of periodontal disease induced by ligature, injection of LPS, and a combination of ligature-LPS injection in the Sprague Dawley rat model.
Materials and methods
Animals and experimental protocol
Seventy-two male, 8-9 weeks old Sprague-Dawley rats, weighing 292-360 g, were used in this study. All rats were purchased from the Animal Resource Unit and kept at the Animal Research Facility, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University Putra Malaysia. The rats were acclimated for one week before starting the experiment by confining each pair in an 800 cm2 plastic cage of 17 cm height. The room was well ventilated, and the temperature was regulated at 22 ± 2°C. A 12-hour light-dark system was followed with lights on at 7:00 p.m. Standard laboratory rat chow pellets and filtered tap water were provided ad libitum (11). All rats were healthy based on physical examination. The Animal Care and Use Committee at University Putra Malaysia approved the experimental protocol (approval number UPM/IACUC/AUP-R048/2016). Rats were divided into groups C, L, LPS, and L-LPS. Group C served as the control with no treatment except for examination under general anesthesia. Group L was treated with the bilateral placement of 4/0 nylon ligature on the second upper molar teeth. Group LPS was intragingivally injected with Pg-LPS. Group L-LPS was treated with a combination of 4/0 nylon ligature and intragingival injection of Pg-LPS.
The ligature procedures were performed under general anesthesia, induced by an intraperitoneal injection of a mixture of ketamine 50 mg/kg and xylazine 5 mg/kg. Bilateral placement of ligatures on the periodontium of the second upper molar teeth was performed using the surgeon's knots and sterile 4/0 nylon suture Ethilon 4/0. W1620, 2018, USA. This procedure was done in the second and fourth groups. Isoflurane was used for maintaining anesthesia at concentrations of 2-3% in 100% oxygen 1.5-2.0 L/min by using a small nose cone modified from a circuit adaptor and strips of the elastic bandage. The anesthesia lasted less than one hour in all groups (12). The ligatures were examined twice weekly until the rats were sacrificed at the end of the experiment.
Injection of Pg-LPS into the gingiva
A purified preparation of Pg-LPS was purchased from Invivo Gen Inc. (San Diego, CA, USA). A concentration of 1 mg/mL of Pg-LPS was prepared using normal saline as the diluent. Then, 10 µL of the preparation was injected into the subgingival tissue. The palatal side of the second maxillary molars was used as the injection site. A microsyringe (Hamilton 60330,701RN 10 µl SYR USA) was used in the procedure.
Animal sacrifice and analyses
Six rats from each group were sacrificed at 7, 14, and 30 days of the experiment. The rats were euthanized with an intraperitoneal dose of pentobarbitone 200 mg/kg (12). The macroscopic properties of the second maxillary molars and associated palatal gingival tissues were evaluated. Parameters such as gingival tissue appearance and structure, gingival color change, accumulation of plaque, tooth mobility, and gingival tissue bleeding were observed. The morphological evaluations were scored based on a modification of the Gingival Index (GI) and Plaque Index (PI) initially introduced by Loe and Silness in 1963 and 1964, respectively (13). The GI and PI could be scored based on all teeth or selected teeth and all sides or a selected side of the gingival tissues. In this study, scorings were based on the visual assessment of both the second maxillary molars' lingual side. Descriptions of the modified GI and PI are summarized in Tables 1 and 2.
Table 1: Gingival Index (GI)
Mild inflammation with a slight change in color, slight edema, no bleeding on palpation
Moderate inflammation with moderate glazing and redness, bleeding on palpation
Severe inflammation with marked red ulceration, a tendency to spontaneous bleeding
Table 2: Plaque Index (PI)
Moderate aggregation of deposits within the gingival pocket, on the gingival border or adjacent tooth surface, or both
Copiousness of soft matter inside the gingival pocket, or on the tooth and gingival margin, or both
Statistical analysis was performed using IBM SPSS software, and differences were considered significant at P
The experimental models of periodontal disease were induced successfully in all four groups of different periods (Figure 1).
Gingival index score
The ligature and ligature-LPS groups showed significantly higher gingival index (GI) scores than the control throughout days 7, 14, and 30 (Figure 2). The GI tended to be decreased by day 30 in both ligature and ligature-LPS groups (P = 0.001). Injection with LPS alone revealed slightly higher GI scores at days 14 and 30, but a statistical difference from control could not be demonstrated. Representative gross appearance of all groups at days 7, 14, and 30 (Figure 3).
Plaque index score
The L and L-LPS groups showed significantly higher PI scores than the control group throughout days 7, 14, and 30 (Figure 3). The plaque index tended to be reduced by day 30 in both L and L-LPS groups (P = 0.001). Injection with LPS alone increased slightly at days 14 and 30, but the statistical difference from control was not observed.
Figure 1: Representative gross morphology of group C = Control, L = ligature group, L-LPS = ligature with LPS injection group, LPS = lipopolysaccharide injection group at day 7 (A, D, G, J), 14 (B, E, H, K) and 30 (C, F, I, L). The second molar's gingival tissue in groups L and L-LPS at days 7, 14, and 30 showed swelling, redness, and plaque around the nylon thread and bleeding upon palpation. Group LPS injection at day 30 has mild plaque around the teeth without signs of inflammation. No change was observed in the control group at all times.
Figure 2: Gingival index scores of four different groups. C = control, L = ligature, L-LPS = ligature with LPS injections, LPS = Lipopolysaccharide at three different times A = Day 7, B = Day 14, C = Day 30. Results are expressed as the median +/-interquartile range. Different alphabet denotes significant difference, P < 0.05. abc: different alphabets show differences between the treatment groups; xyz: different alphabets show differences over time within the treatment groups. Statistics used is the Kruskal-Wallis test, followed by a post hoc multiple comparison test with Bonferroni correction.
Figure 3: Plaque index scores of four different groups; C = control, L = ligature, L-LPS = ligature with LPS injections, LPS = Lipopolysaccharide injections at three different times A = day 7, B = day 14, C = day 30. Results are expressed as the median +/-interquartile range. Different alphabet denotes significant difference, P ≤ 0.05; abc: different alphabets show differences between the treatment groups; xyz: different alphabets show differences over time within the treatment groups. Statistics used is the Kruskal-Wallis test, followed by a post hoc multiple comparison test with Bonferroni correction.
The development of an easy-to-accomplish and economic animal model to stimulate periodontitis is essential to study periodontal alterations following the execution of different therapeutic approaches (15, 16). The present study compared the morphological changes in the periodontium after inflammation was induced by ligature, gingival injection of Pg-LPS, and a combination of these methods in a rat model. The current study results revealed that significant degenerative changes in the gingival tissue could be stimulated as early as seven days after using ligature and a combination of ligature-LPS. Hence, acute periodontitis can be produced in Sprague Dawley rats by the ligature method. In contrast, only mild inflammatory modifications were noticed after injection of Pg-LPS into the gingiva, according to the control. In our model, a 4/0 nylon suture was used around both maxillary second molars. Although this method is more challenging than ligature placement on the first molar or the incisor, no slipped ligature incidence was seen.
This study showed that using ligature alone is efficacious to enhance acute periodontitis in the Sprague Dawley rat. This method created significant morphological alterations when compared to control and LPS-treated groups. This study's suture material caused mechanical injury to the dentogingival area and played as a plaque retentive device.
The ligature and ligature-LPS groups showed significantly higher gingival index (GI) scores than the control throughout days 7, 14, and 30. Gingival index tended to be decreased by day 30 in both ligature and ligature-LPS groups. Injection with LPS alone revealed slightly higher GI scores at days 14 and 30, but a statistical difference from control could not be demonstrated. Currently, the GI and PI scoring systems have been used in experimental animal models. Orbak et al. (17) used the GI and PI scoring systems to study the alterations of oral and periodontal tissues in zinc-deficient rats compared to zinc-sufficient rats. The amount of Pg-LPS and injection frequency may not have been adequate to develop degenerative inflammatory reactions in this model. Hence, it might be more useful to use higher doses of Pg-LPS with increased frequencies. Dumitrescu et al. (18) reported that the gingival tissue in rats is tightly bound, which might not expand to adapt for a volume of 10 µg. Consequently, some of the LPS may leak from the injection site. As a result, the application of LPS at a higher concentration might be implemented to compensate for the loss (19).
Acute periodontitis could be created using the ligature method in Sprague Dawley rats. Injection of Pg-LPS into the gingiva produces just mild inflammatory changes. The outcomes of this study offer the basis for future preclinical preventive or treatment models of periodontal disease.
The authors thank the University of Sulaimani, University Putra Malaysia, and University of Mosul for providing the facilities to accomplish this study.
Conflict of interest
The authors declare no conflict of interest.
- Developing an animal model of periodontitis is necessary to understand the disease in humans.
- This study describes a model of periodontitis induction in rats.
- A ligature technique successfully induced periodontitis.
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