Optimizing In Vitro Osteogenesis in Canine Autologous and Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell-Derived Mesenchymal Stromal Cells with Dexamethasone and BMP-2. Academic Article uri icon


  • A growing body of work suggests that canine mesenchymal stromal cells (cMSCs) require additional agonists such as bone morphogenic protein-2 (BMP-2) for consistent in vitro osteogenic differentiation. BMP-2 is costly and may challenge the translational relevance of the canine model. Dexamethasone enhances osteogenic differentiation of human MSCs (hMSCs) and is widely utilized in osteogenic protocols. The aim of this study was to determine the effect of BMP-2 and dexamethasone on early- and late-stage osteogenesis of autologous and induced pluripotent stem cell (iPS)-derived cMSCs. Two preparations of marrow-derived cMSCs were selected to represent exceptionally or marginally osteogenic autologous cMSCs. iPS-derived cMSCs were generated from canine fibroblasts. All preparations were evaluated using alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity, Alizarin Red staining of osteogenic monolayers, and quantitative polymerase chain reaction. Data were reported as meanstandard deviation and compared using one- or two-way analysis of variance and Tukey or Sidak post hoc tests. Significance was established at P<0.05. In early-stage assays, dexamethasone decreased ALP activity for all cMSCs in the presence of BMP-2. In late-stage assays, inclusion of dexamethasone and BMP-2 at Day 1 of culture produced robust monolayer mineralization for autologous cMSCs. Delivering 100nM dexamethasone at Day 1 improved mineralization and reduced the BMP-2 concentrations required to achieve mineralization of the marginal cMSCs. For iPS-cMSCs, dexamethasone was inhibitory to both ALP activity and monolayer mineralization. There was increased expression of osteocalcin and osterix with BMP-2 in autologous cMSCs but a more modest expression occurred in iPS cMSCs. While autologous and iPS-derived cMSCs respond similarly in early-stage osteogenic assays, they exhibit unique responses to dexamethasone and BMP-2 in late-stage mineralization assays. This study demonstrates that dexamethasone and BMP-2 can be titrated in a time- and concentration-dependent manner to enhance osteogenesis of autologous cMSC preparations. These results will prove useful for investigators performing translational studies with cMSCs while providing insight into iPS-derived cMSC osteogenesis.

published proceedings

  • Stem Cells Dev

altmetric score

  • 0.25

author list (cited authors)

  • Gasson, S. B., Dobson, L. K., Chow, L., Dow, S., Gregory, C. A., & Saunders, W. B.

citation count

  • 5

complete list of authors

  • Gasson, Shelby B||Dobson, Lauren K||Chow, Lyndah||Dow, Steven||Gregory, Carl A||Saunders, William Brian

publication date

  • February 2021