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Mediators of Inflammation
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 5784374, 11 pages
Research Article

Curcumin Attenuation of Wear Particle-Induced Osteolysis via RANKL Signaling Pathway Suppression in Mouse Calvarial Model

1Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Shanghai Jiao Tong University Affiliated Sixth People’s Hospital, Shanghai, China
2Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Renji Hospital, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, Shanghai, China
3Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, The First Affiliated Hospital of Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou, Henan, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Tao Cheng

Received 19 April 2017; Accepted 8 August 2017; Published 20 September 2017

Academic Editor: Settimio Rossi

Copyright © 2017 Tao Cheng 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.


Wear particle-induced chronic inflammation and osteoclastogenesis are two critical factors in the osteolytic process. Curcumin (CUR) is an active compound of the medicinal herb Curcuma longa and has anti-inflammatory and antiosteoclastogenic properties. Our study tested the hypothesis that CUR might attenuate polymethylmethacrylate- (PMMA-) induced inflammatory osteolysis using mouse calvaria osteolysis model in vivo and in vitro. The mice were divided into four groups: phosphate-buffered saline group, CUR, PMMA, and PMMA + CUR groups. Three days before PMMA particle implantation, the mice were intraperitoneally injected with CUR (25 mg/kg/day). Ten days after the operation, the mouse calvaria was harvested for microcomputed tomography, histomorphometry, and molecular biology analysis. As expected, CUR markedly reduced the secretion of tumor necrosis factor-α, interleukin- (IL-) 1β, and IL-6 in the calvarial organ culture. Moreover, CUR suppressed osteoclastogenesis and decreased bone resorption in vivo compared with PMMA-stimulated calvaria. Furthermore, CUR downregulated the osteoclast-specific gene expression and reversed the receptor activator of nuclear factor kappa-B ligand (RANKL)/osteoprotegerin messenger RNA and protein ratio in PMMA particle-stimulated mice. These results suggest that CUR attenuated PMMA particle-induced inflammatory osteolysis by suppressing the RANKL signaling pathway in the murine calvarium, which could be a candidate compound to prevent and treat AL.