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Brazilian Dental Journal

Print version ISSN 0103-6440On-line version ISSN 1806-4760

Braz. Dent. J. vol.28 no.6 Ribeirão Preto Nov./Dec. 2017 


Cell Derived Microparticles in Gingival Crevicular Fluid from Periodontitis Patients with Type 2 Diabetes

Carlos Marcelo Figueredo1 

Ronaldo Lira Junior1 

Manuela Rubim Sete1 

Ricardo Guimarães Fischer1 

1Department of Periodontology, School of Dentistry, UERJ - Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil


Cell-derived microparticles (MPs) have been described as vital contributors to the inflammatory process. However, its role in the periodontal disease pathogenesis remains unclear. Therefore, we aimed to detect the presence neutrophil (CD66b+) and platelet (CD41b+) derived microparticles in gingival crevicular fluid from individuals having periodontitis aggravated by type 2 diabetes. Twelve patients (56.2 ±7.2 yrs) with severe form of chronic periodontitis aggravated by type 2 diabetes were included. Clinical and metabolic data were gathered. Gingival crevicular fluid was collected using filter strips from deep and shallow sites. MPs were detected by flow cytometry according to their size (< 1 µm) and the expression of surface markers (CD66b for neutrophil-derived MPs and CD41b for platelet-derived MPs). All samples were positive for the antibodies. Median levels of CD66b+ MPs and CD41b+ MPs were, respectively, 3,677.0 (2,553.2 - 9,059.8) MP/µL and 520.7 (432.9 - 766.1) MP/µL in deep sites. In shallow sites, the corresponding values were 2,644.9 (1,451.5 - 3,858.9) MP/µL and 371.2 (287.2 - 692.7) MP/µL. There was no significant difference between deep and shallow sites (p>0.05). In conclusion, this study reported the presence of neutrophil and platelet derived microparticles in gingival crevicular fluid from individuals having severe periodontitis and type 2 diabetes.

Key Words: chronic periodontitis; diabetes; gingival crevicular fluid; cell-derived microparticles


As micropartículas derivadas de células (MPs) têm sido descritas como contribuintes vitais para o processo inflamatório. No entanto, seu papel na patogênese da doença periodontal permanece obscuro. Por isso, nosso objetivo foi detectar a presença de micropartículas derivadas de neutrófilos (CD66b +) e plaquetas (CD41b +) no fluido gengival de indivíduos com periodontite e diabetes tipo 2. Doze pacientes (56,2 ± 7,2 anos) com periodontite crônica severa e diabetes tipo 2 foram incluídos no estudo. Foram coletados dados clínicos e metabólicos. O fluido gengival foi coletado usando tiras de filtro de papel em sítios rasos e profundos. As MPs foram detectadas por citometria de fluxo de acordo com o seu tamanho (<1 μm) e pela expressão de marcadores de superfície (CD66b para MPs derivadas de neutrófilos e CD41b para MPs derivadas de plaquetas). Todas as amostras foram positivas para os anticorpos. Os níveis médios de CD66b + MPs e CD41b + MPs foram, respectivamente, 3.677.0 (2,553.2 - 9,059.8) MP/μL e 520.7 (432.9 - 766.1) MP/μL nos sítios profundos. Nos sítios rasos, os valores correspondentes foram 2,644.9 (1,451.5 - 3,858.9) MP/μL e 371.2 (287.2 - 692.7) MP/μL. Não houve diferença significativa entre os sítios rasos e profundos (p>0.05). Concluindo, o presente estudo reportou a presença de micropartículas derivadas de neutrófilos e plaquetas no fluido gengival de pacientes com periodontite e com diabetes tipo 2 .


Cell-derived microparticles (MPs) are extracellular vesicles derived from plasma membrane budding as phospholipid vesicles known to express antigens specific of their parental cells (1. MPs are released after stimulation or apoptosis and their composition vary according to the stimulus and cells they originated from. MPs are important players for the intercellular exchange of biological information and they can carry cytokines, enzymes, autoantigens, mRNA, and microRNA (1.

MPs can induce, amplify and/or modulate the immune response, as well as to endue recipient cells with new functional properties, such as the migratory ability. Given their essential function in several physiological processes, MPs have been shown to play an important role in inflammatory and metabolic diseases. Plasma levels of MPs are altered in rheumatoid arthritis (2, oral cancer (3 and diabetes (4. Although the presence of MPs in saliva, urine, bronchoalveolar lavage and synovial fluid have already been shown (5,6, its detection in gingival crevicular fluid (GCF) still needs to be confirmed.

The detection of MPs in GCF might be potentialized in patients having type 2 diabetes, since MPs are increased in circulation and also seem to be involved in the development of diabetic complications (7. Therefore, we aimed to detect the presence neutrophil and platelet derived microparticles in gingival crevicular fluid from periodontitis patients with type 2 diabetes.

Matrial and Methods


Our study enrolled 12 patients with severe periodontitis and type 2 diabetes. Patients were selected from the outpatient dental clinic at the Rio de Janeiro State University. Severe periodontitis was defined as the presence of at least two interproximal sites with clinical attachment loss (CAL) ≥6 mm, not on the same tooth and at least one site with probing depth (PD) ≥5 mm, excluding third molars (8. Diabetes was reported by the patient based on physician’s diagnosis and the use of medication. The study was approved by the Ethics Committee in Research of Pedro Ernesto University Hospital of the Rio de Janeiro State University. All patients gave their written informed consent.

Data regarding demographic and metabolic variables were gathered. A comprehensive periodontal examination was performed by a calibrated examiner using a manual probe (UNC-15; Hu-Friedy Manufacturing Company, USA). Full-mouth CAL, PD, plaque index (PI) and bleeding on probing (BoP) were registered. CAL and PD were assessed in six sites per tooth and PI and BoP were recorded in four sites per tooth.

Gingival Crevicular Fluid Collection

GCF was collected using filter strips for 30 s and the GCF volume absorbed by each strip was determined using the Periotron 8000® (ProFlow Inc., North Haven, CT, USA). Before sampling, supragingival plaque was carefully removed and the teeth were air-dried and isolated with cotton rolls. Strips with blood contamination were discarded. GCF was collected from five deep sites with PD ≥5 mm and CAL ≥3mm and from five shallow sites with PD ≤3 mm and CAL ≤1 mm. Samples from the same category (deep or shallow) in each patient were pooled together in an Eppendorf tube containing 300 µL of phosphate-buffered saline.

After elution for 30 min at room temperature, the samples were centrifuged at 1000x g for 5 min to remove cells and the supernatant was collected and immediately frozen at -70 °C until analysis. The value observed in the Periotron 8000® was converted into microliters using a standard curve obtained after calibration of the instrument and presented as the volume of GCF per category of site.

Detection of Cell-Derived Microparticles

Cell-derived MPs were detected by flow cytometry based on their size and the expression of membrane-specific markers. Thirty microliters of GCF was incubated with fluorochrome-labeled antibodies for 30 min at 4o C in the dark. Two different antibodies were used: anti-CD66b-PerCP-Cy5.5 (clone G10F5) to detect neutrophil-derived MPs and anti-CD41b-FITC (clone HIP2) to detect platelet-derived MPs. All antibodies were purchased from BD Biosciences (BD Biosciences, USA). After incubation, samples were diluted in 250 µL of phosphate-buffered saline. We used Fluorescence Minus One and unstained controls to evaluate non-specific fluorescence, instead of isotype controls, when defining positive events.

A MP gate was established using size-calibrated fluorescent beads (0.5 µm, 1.0 µm and 2.0 µm; Life Technologies, Carlsbad, CA, USA). Beads were first identified based on their fluorescence and plotted on fluorescence versus side scatter dot-plot. Then, beads were gated in forward scatter versus side scatter dot-plot on logarithmic scales. Forward scatter threshold was set at 1,000. MPs were defined as events <1 µm (Fig. 1). Events in the MP gate were then plotted on 1- and 2-color fluorescence histograms. Samples were analyzed on the Accuri™ C6 (BD Biosciences) and stopped when events reached 30,000. The following formula was used to calculate MP counts/µL (9:

((Number of positive events)/(Volume of sample analyzed) x (Total volume of the sample)/(Amount of sample))

Figure 1 Determination of microparticles (MPs) gate using calibrated fluorescent beads with different sizes (0.5 µm, 1.0 µm and 2.0 µm). A) Detection of calibrated beads based on their fluorescence. B) Establishing the MPs gate as events <1 µm. 

A cell lysis buffer (BD Biosciences) was used to lyse MPs and to evaluate the interference of immune complexes on MPs labelling. Lysis buffer was incubated with the samples just before the analysis by flow cytometry.

Statistical Analysis

Statistical analysis was performed using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences, version 20 (IBM, USA). As MP data were non-parametric, they are presented as median and interquartile range. Comparisons between deep and shallow sites were performed with Wilcoxon test. Correlation between MP data and periodontal parameters was analyzed with Spearman’s rank correlation coefficient. Statistical significance was defined as p<0.05


This study evaluated 12 patients, 7 female and 5 male, with mean age of 56.2 ±7.2 years. Mean level of HbA1c was 8.0±2.3%. Mean number of teeth, PI and BoP were, respectively 22.0±4.1, 57.6±34.3% and 50.5±33.5%. Mean PD and CAL were 3.3±0.9 mm and 4.4±1.2 mm, respectively. Median amount of GCF was, respectively, 3.45 (0.88 - 6.72) µL and 0.75 (0.13 - 1.00) µL in deep and shallow sites.

A representative dot-plot of MPs expressing CD66b and CD41b in gingival crevicular fluid is depicted in Figure 2. Median levels of CD66b+MPs and CD41b+MPs were, respectively, 3,677.0 (2,553.2 - 9,059.8) MP/µL and 520.7 (432.9 - 766.1) MP/µL in deep sites. In shallow sites, the corresponding values were 2,644.9 (1,451.5 - 3,858.9) MP/µL and 371.2 (287.2 - 692.7) MP/µL. There was no significant difference between them. After the incubation with the lysis buffer, the numbers of positive CD66b MPs decreased 43.5% and the numbers of positive CD41b MPs decreased 36.4%.

Figure 2 Representative dot-plot illustrating the microparticles expressing CD66b and CD41b in gingival crevicular fluid. 


The present study succeeds in the attempt of detecting both neutrophil and platelet derived microparticles in gingival crevicular fluid collected from patients having both severe periodontitis and type 2 diabetes. To the best of our knowledge, our study is the first report about MPs presence in periodontal disease. The impact of the presence of neutrophil derived MPs in the periodontal lesion is unknown. Recently, Johnson et al. (10 reported that neutrophil derived MPs enhance immune dysfunction in sepsis by blunting the function of neutrophils and macrophages. Moreover, Butin-Israeli et al. (11 showed that deposition of neutrophil MPs onto inflamed epithelium might be a new mechanism to disrupt epithelial intercellular adhesions and promote transepithelial migration. Taken together, one might speculate that blunting neutrophils function and increasing disruption of the epithelial might also be present in the periodontal inflammation and, therefore, be relevant for disease progression by impairing infection control during biofilm formation around teeth.

We also consistently showed the presence of platelet derived MPs in GCF from periodontal lesion. These MPs have a significant role in immune responses, inflammation, angiogenesis, tissue regeneration and cancer metastasis mainly by communication and signal delivery (12 and which might be involved in the signaling to the periodontal collagen and bone breakdown.

In conclusion, this study reported the presence of neutrophil and platelet derived microparticles in gingival crevicular fluid from individuals having severe periodontitis and type 2 diabetes.


To the Research Foundation of the Rio de Janeiro State (FAPERJ) and the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq).


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Received: February 23, 2017; Accepted: July 26, 2017

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