The possible toxic effects of intra-articular tranexamic acid (TA) are still debated. The aim of this study was to evaluate TA effects on human cartilage fragments and synovial biopsies. Explant culture of minced articular cartilage underwent prolonged TA exposure. Histological analysis, immunofluorescence and colorimetric assay for quantification of s-GAG and DNA were performed at the end term. Synoviocytes were cultured for 48h in presence of TA. Light microscopy and flow cytometry analysis were performed at the end of the exposure to TA and one week after the treatment. TA exposure did not influence i) the chondrocyte outgrowth and migration, ii) the expression of chondrogenic and proliferative markers and iii) the s-GAG/DNA ratio. TA treatment did not affect synoviocytes’ morphology and treated cells were phenotypically similar to control cells. This study demonstrated that TA does not negatively affect chondrocytes and synoviocytes cultured in vitro. Thus, our findings may be clinically relevant in order to validate the intra-articular TA administration during orthopedic procedures.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents|
|Issue number||4 Suppl 1|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 23 2016|
- Journal Article