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BioMed Research International
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 316134, 7 pages
Research Article

Association between Postmenopausal Osteoporosis and Experimental Periodontitis

1School and Hospital of Stomatology, Fujian Medical University, 246 Yangqiao Zhong Road, Fuzhou, Fujian 350002, China
2Institute and Hospital of Stomatology, Nanjing University Medical School, 30 Zhongyang Road, Nanjing, Jiangsu 210008, China
3Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, QLD 4059, Australia

Received 12 November 2013; Accepted 24 December 2013; Published 10 February 2014

Academic Editor: Mei Wei

Copyright © 2014 Kai Luo et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


To investigate the correlation between postmenopausal osteoporosis (PMO) and the pathogenesis of periodontitis, ovariectomized rats were generated and the experimental periodontitis was induced using a silk ligature. The inflammatory factors and bone metabolic markers were measured in the serum and periodontal tissues of ovariectomized rats using an automatic chemistry analyzer, enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays, and immunohistochemistry. The bone mineral density of whole body, pelvis, and spine was analyzed using dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry and image analysis. All data were analyzed using SPSS 13.0 statistical software. It was found that ovariectomy could upregulate the expression of interleukin- (IL-)6, the receptor activator of nuclear factor-κB ligand (RANKL), and osteoprotegerin (OPG) and downregulate IL-10 expression in periodontal tissues, which resulted in progressive alveolar bone loss in experimental periodontitis. This study indicates that changes of cytokines and bone turnover markers in the periodontal tissues of ovariectomized rats contribute to the damage of periodontal tissues.