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Effects of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs on proliferation, differentiation and migration in equine mesenchymal stem cells


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In equine medicine, stem cell therapies for orthopaedic diseases are routinely accompanied by application of NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). Thus, it has to be analysed how NSAIDs actually affect the growth and differentiation potential of MSCs (mesenchymal stem cells) in vitro in order to predict the influence of NSAIDs such as phenylbutazone, meloxicam, celecoxib and flunixin on MSCs after grafting in vivo. The effects of NSAIDs were evaluated regarding cell viability and proliferation. Additionally, the multilineage differentiation capacity and cell migration was analysed. NSAIDs at lower concentrations (0.1–1 μM for celecoxib and meloxicam and 10–50 μM for flunixin) exert a positive effect on cell proliferation and migration, while at higher concentrations (10–200 μM for celecoxib and meloxicam and 100–1000 μM for flunixin and phenylbutazone), there is rather a negative influence. While there is hardly any influence on the adipogenic as well as on the chondrogenic MSC differentiation, the osteogenic differentiation potential, as demonstrated with the von Kossa staining, is significantly disturbed. Thus, it can be concluded that the effects of NSAIDs on MSCs are largely dependent on the concentrations used. Additionally, for some differentiation lineages, also the choice of NSAID is critical.