Hyaluronan does not affect cytokine and chemokine expression in osteoarthritic chondrocytes and synoviocytes

G. Lisignoli, F. Grassi, A. Piacentini, B. Cocchini, G. Remiddi, C. Bevilacqua, A. Facchini

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Objective: Many studies have evidenced the clinical efficacy of hyaluronan (HA) in the treatment of osteoarthritis (OA). However, human and animal studies have described proinflammatory effects of HA on cells not involved in OA. We therefore investigated whether different molecular weight HA preparations can affect proinflammatory cytokine (IL1β and TNFα) or chemokine (IL8, MCP-1 and RANTES) expression in human chondrocytes and synoviocytes isolated from OA patients. Design: Human chondrocytes and synoviocytes were cultured in vitro in the presence or absence of three different purified HA pharmaceutical preparations (1×106 Kd, 5×105 Kd and 6.5×104 Kd) and assessed for the production of proinflammatory cytokines and chemokines and their mRNA expression. Results: In basal conditions, both chondrocytes and synoviocytes produce only MCP-1 and IL8, along with low quantities of IL1β and TNFα, but not RANTES. IL8 production was generally about 100 times higher in chondrocytes than in synoviocytes, while MCP-1 was roughly twice as high in synoviocytes than in chondrocytes. At the mRNA level, expression of IL1β, TNFα, IL8, MCP-1 and RANTES did not change in the presence of the three HA preparations either in synoviocytes or in chondrocytes with respect to basal condition. None of the three different HA preparations significantly affected production of IL8 or MCP-1. Conclusions: These data demonstrate that preparations of HA of the same origin but with different MWs do not induce proinflammatory cytokines and chemokines expressed by chondrocytes and synoviocytes that are either directly or indirectly involved in OA progression.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-168
Number of pages8
JournalOsteoarthritis and Cartilage
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2001


  • Chondrocytes
  • Cytokine
  • Hyaluronan
  • Synoviocytes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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