2,3,5,4′-tetrahydroxystilbene-2-O-b-D-glucoside triggers the pluripotent-like possibility of dental pulp stem cells by activating the JAK2/STAT3 axis: Preliminary observations

Yen Wen Huang, Chi Yu Lin, Yu Tang Chin, Po Jan Kuo, Yen Wu, I. Tsen Weng, Ting Yi Chen, Hsin Hui Wang, Haw Ming Huang, Chao Nan Hsiung, Sheng Yang Lee

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Abstract Background/Purpose: Although 2,3,5,4′-Tetrahydroxystilbene-2-O-beta-glucoside (THSG) reportedly has anti-inflammatory properties, its role in inducing the dedifferentiation of human dental pulp stem cells (DPSC) into pluripotent-like stem cells remains to be determined. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effects of THSG on the pluripotent-like possibility and mechanism of DPSC. Materials and methods: DPSCs were treated with THSG, and cell viability was determined using the 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyl-tetrazolium bromide (MTS) assay. Real-time polymerase chain reaction was used to analyze the mRNA expression levels of pluripotency-associated genes and oncogenes and to detect telomerase activity in the cells. Embryoid body formation assay was conducted, and pluripotency-related proteins were identified using Western blotting. Data were analyzed using one-way analysis of variance. Results: Cell viability, telomerase activity, and embryoid body formation were enhanced in THSG-treated DPSCs. The mRNA expression levels of pluripotent-like genes (including Nanog homeobox [NANOG], SRY-box 2 [SOX2], and POU class 5 homeobox 1 [POU5F1/OCT4]) significantly increased after THSG treatment. The expression levels of pluripotency-related genes (Janus kinase-signal transducer 2 [JAK2] and signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 [STAT3]) increased, whereas those of oncogenes (Ras, SRC, HER2, and C-sis) decreased. Furthermore, the expression levels of the phosphorylated JAK2 and STAT3 proteins significantly increased after THSG treatment. Conclusion: THSG treatment may enhance the pluripotent-like possibility of DPSC through the JAK2/STAT3 axis. Hence, it may be used as an alternative cell-based therapeutic strategy in regenerative dentistry.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)599-607
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Dental Sciences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2021


  • 2,3,5,4′-tetrahydroxystilbene-2-O-b-glucoside
  • Dental pulp stem cells
  • Pluripotency

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Dentistry


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