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Pesquisa Brasileira em Odontopediatria e Clínica Integrada

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Pesqui. Bras. Odontopediatria Clín. Integr. vol.20  João Pessoa  2020  Epub Apr 27, 2020 


Angiogenesis of Extracted Tooth Wound on Wistar Rats After Application of Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus) Gel Extract

Muhammad Luthfi1

Wisnu Setyari Juliastuti1

Yuniar Aliyah Risky2

1Department of Oral Biology, Faculty of Dental Medicine, Universitas Airlangga, Surabaya, Indonesia.

2Faculty of Dental Medicine, Universitas Airlangga, Surabaya, Indonesia.



To analyze angiogenesis in the post-extracted tooth of Wistar rats after application of okra (Abelmoschus esculentus) extract.

Material and Methods:

A total of 18 rats were divided into two groups (control and treatment). Okra extract with a concentration of 30% in gel form was applied on the post-extraction socket of the treatment group. The rats were sacrificed on day-3, day-5, and day-7 after tooth extraction. The newly-formed blood vessels were counted and statistically analyzed by means of One Way ANOVA and Tukey HSD with a significance level set at 5%.


The newly-formed capillaries of the control group (4.67 ± 1.53) on day-3 were lower than the treatment group (9.00 ± 1.00). The newly-formed capillaries recorded from the control group, both in day-5 (9.33 ± 1.53) and day-7 (8.67 ± 1.53) were lower than the treatment group, which started to decreased from day-5 (13.67 ± 1.53) to day-7 (12.33 ± 0.58). Significant differences were found in treatment group, on day-3 compared to day-5 (p=0.005), and on day-3 to day-7 (p=0.024).


Okra extract in gel form at 30% concentration can increase the angiogenesis during the wound healing process of the extracted tooth on Wistar rats.

Keywords: Tooth Extraction; Wound Healing; Angiogenesis Inducing Agents


Angiogenesis constitutes the new blood vessels formation from the pre-existing blood vessels, which is required in the wound healing process. This physiological response initiated by the activation of endothelial cells in the inner lining of blood vessels mediated by proangiogenic factors and hypoxic environment. The endothelial cells will subsequently breakdown the surrounding extracellular matrix to begin migration and cell proliferation, creating the new capillaries [1].

Tooth extraction is a procedure of removing a tooth from its socket. The process may cause damage, both the hard and soft tissues, thus trigger the physiological response of the wound healing process [2]. An ideal tooth extraction should be able to remove the whole tooth without pain and with minimal trauma of the adjacent tissues to allow the normal wound healing without any complication. In some cases, complications of tooth extraction may appear, such as pain, infection, severe bleeding, and dry socket [3].

The process of wound healing plays a key role in preventing complications post tooth extraction. There are several commercially available medications to promote wound healing; however, mostly unaffordable and takes a long time [4]. Those backgrounds give rise to several studies on natural medicine to promote wound healing or to stop bleeding post tooth extraction. The rapid development of the current pharmaceutical technology gives more focus on natural resources for numerous medications, including to promote wound healing. Natural resources are considered less toxic compared to the drugs made from chemicals, thus become a more interesting field of study [5].

One of the herbs that can be used as analternative medicine to promote wound healing is okra (Abelmoschus esculentus) extract that has beneficial properties, such as anti-diabetes, antioxidant, anti-plasmodia, anti-bacteria, anti-cancer, analgesia, anti-diarrhea, and anti-inflammation [6]. The active ingredients contained in okra fruit extract are saponin, tannin, flavonoid, and alkaloid [7]. Besides, Okra fruit also contains quercetin, which has antioxidant properties that protect the body from degenerative diseases. Saponin contained in Okra fruit act as an anti-bacterial agent, and also stimulate angiogenesis. A previous study proved the efficacy of flavonoid as an anti-inflammatory agent, the moderator of collagen type III synthesis, and also phospholipase inhibitor [8]. Besides, flavonoid also modulates the oxidative burst in neutrophils, which may reduce the reactive oxygen species (ROS); therefore, promote wound healing [9].

Based on these backgrounds, this study is aiming to analyze the efficacy of okra fruit extract in gel form toward the angiogenesis of post-extraction socket of Wistar rats.

Material and Methods

Study Design and Sample

This laboratory experimental study was conducted in vivo, by means of post-test only control group design. Eighteen male Wistar rats were used, with inclusion criteria as follows: 1) male rats 2-3 months old, 2) weighing 100-150 grams, 3) healthy. Rats showing symptoms such as inactive, have a low appetite, and diarrhea were excluded from this study. The samples were acquired from Experimental Animal Unit, Biochemical Laboratory, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Universitas Airlangga.

Rats were randomly divided into 2 groups, namely the control group and treatment group. An amount of 0.1 mL okra fruit extract in gel form at 30% concentration was applied to the socket of the treatment group, while the control group received no treatment.

Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus) Extract Preparation

The fresh okra fruit acquired from Materia Medica Farm (Batu, Indonesia) were rinsed using tap water, and grinded by means of blender (Phillips, Jakarta, Indonesia), and stored in a closed glass jar for 24 hours. The mixture was shaken at 50 rpm, filtered using clothes, and collected into an Erlenmeyer tube subsequently. The liquid extract was evaporated using the rotary evaporator for 90 minutes and stored.

Carboxy Methyl Cellulose Natrium Gel

The basic ingredients to make gel were Carboxyl Methyl Cellulose Natrium - CMC-Na 3% (Fochem, Shanghai, China). The powder of CMC-Na 3% was diluted in 100 mL warm water in mortar. The powder was added evenly gradually to the water to make it easy to disperse. The mixture was left for 10-15 minutes until form a gentle transparent gel and was subsequently mixed by means of stamper until homogeneous, by adding water slowly to get 100 mL volume.

Okra Extract 30% in Gel Form Preparation

In order to get okra fruit in gel form at 30% concentration, as much as 3 mL extract were mixed with 7 mL CMC-Na 3%.

Animal Care

Male Wistar rats aged 2-3 months old, weighing 100-150 mg were acclimatized for 7 days prior to the experiment. The rats were put in room temperature 25 ± 2°C with a 12 hour light dark cycle. The rats were given standard rodent chow and tap water ad libitum [10]. This is intended to minimize the animals’ stress and also to get a homogenous condition of the rats.

Experimental Animals

Rats from both groups (treatment and control) were anesthetized using a peritoneal injection of 0.1 mL ketamine. Following 1-1.5 hours after injection, the lower-left central incisives were extracted utilizing scalpel and needle holder, and no remaining roots in the socket confirmed. The socket was subsequently irrigated using a saline solution [11]. The control group was let heal without treatment, as the normal wound heals. As for the treatment group, 30% okra extract in gel form were applied in the socket as much as 0.1 mL.

Tissue Collection

The rats were sacrificed on day-3, day-5, and day-7 after tooth extraction through intraperitoneal injection of ketamine at a lethal dose (four times of anesthesia dose, or 0.4 mL/kg b. w.). The whole mandibles were collected, including the temporomandibular joint. The rats were buried according to experimental animal guidance. The mandible in the incisive region were cut vertically, and made into a paraffin block [12].

Histological Examination

The mandibles were cut and fixated using 10% formaldehyde at room temperature for 24 hours. The tissues were then dehydrated using gradated ethanol, cleansed using xylene, and made into a paraffin block. The paraffin blocks were cut with 6µm thickness, put into slides, and the paraffin was removed. The slides were subsequently stained using hematoxylin and eosin (HE). The angiogenesis rate was observed under a light microscope at 400x magnification [12].

Data Analysis

The acquired data were statistically analyzed. Kolmogorov-Smirnov test was used to find if the data was normally distributed. Levene test was subsequently done to confirm the data homogeneity. Hereafter, the differences among groups were analyzed using one-way Anova, and Tukey HSD with a significance level set at 5%. If the data were not normally distributed and not homogeny, Kruskall-Wallis, followed by Mann-Whitney, were performed to find any differences.

Ethical Clearance

All the procedures contained in this study have passed an ethical review by Universitas Airlangga Faculty of Dental Medicine Health Research Ethical Clearance Commission, with certificate number: 155/HRECC. FODM/VII/2018.


The histopathological observation of Wistar rats tooth socket was carried out on day-3, day-5, and day-7 post tooth extraction. The mean and standard deviation of the angiogenesis rate, both from the control and treatment group were tabulated and presented in Table 1. This study is aiming to analyze the efficacy of okra fruit extract in gel form at 30% concentration toward the post-extraction wound healing process.

Table 1 Mean and standard deviation of angiogenesis of post tooth extraction wound at different times of evaluation. 

Group N Mean (SD)
Day-3 Day-5 Day-7
Control 9 4.67 ± 1.53 9.33 ± 1.53 8.67 ± 1.53
Treatment 9 9.00 ± 1.00 13.67 ± 1.53 12.33 ± 0.58

There were increased of newly-formed capillaries in both experimental groups from day-3 to day-5. Further observation on both groups also showed a decrease of angiogenesis from day-5 to day-7. The fluctuation is described in Figure 1.

Figure 1 Angiogenesis at different times of evaluation. 

The observation revealed the newly-formed capillaries of the control group (4.67 ± 1.53) on day-3 were lower than the treatment group (9.00 ± 1.00). Continuous observation also resulted in the same manner, the newly-formed capillaries recorded from the control group, both in day-5 (9.33 ± 1.53) and day-7 (8.67 ± 1.53) were lower than the treatment group, which started to decreased from day-5 (13.67 ± 1.53) to day-7 (12.33 ± 0.58).

Figure 2 Histopathological image of angiogenesis of post-tooth-extraction socket of control group on day-3 (A), day-5 (B), day-7 (C), and treatment group on day-3 (D), day-5 (E), day-7 (F). Yellow arrows are indicating the newly-formed capillaries, using HE staining with 400x magnification. 

Anova test result revealed that there was a significant difference of newly-formed capillaries among the groups (p=0.005). HSD Tukey recorded significant differences of angiogenesis rate between control group and treatment group throughout the observation days, day-3, day-5, and day-7 (Table 2). HSD Tukey test (Table 3) also revealed a significant difference of newly-formed capillaries of the treatment group between day-3 and day-5; also between day-3 and day-7, however, there was any differences found between day-5 and day-7.

Table 2 HSD Tukey test results at different times of evaluation. 

Angiogenesis of Treatment Group
Control Group Day 3 5 7
3 0.015* - -
5 - 0.025* -
7 - - 0.018*

Table e HSD Tukey of angiogenesis at different times of evaluation. 

Angiogenesis of treatment group
Day 3 5 7
3 - 0.005* 0.024*
5 - - 0.365
7 - - -


The antioxidant properties of substrates contained in okra fruit extract may promote wound healing by means of eliminating the effect of reactive oxygen species (ROS), specifically donate an antioxidant electron to prevent ROS catching electron from the other important molecule, such as DNA, protein, and lipid [13]. Therefore, the inflammatory process will take place normally, followed by the subsequent phase, proliferation. Angiogenesis will arise following the inflammation process, which is essential in wound healing.

The proliferation phase comprises re-epithelization, angiogenesis, granulated tissue formation, collagen deposition, which will start on day-4 until 2 weeks after injury. The proliferation phase denotes the earlier-formed matrices formation during the hemostasis, which will be replaced by granulated tissue, which mostly consists of fibroblast, granulocyte, macrophage, and the newly-formed capillaries. The migration and proliferation of fibroblast cells constitute a response toward the growth factors, namely platelet derivate growth factor (PDGF), tumor growth factor-β (TGF-β), b fibroblast growth factor (bFGF), which are secreted by platelets and macrophages. Subsequent to migration, fibroblast will proliferate and secrete proteinase, such as matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) to degrade the surrounding matrices and replace it with collagen and extracellular matrices (ECM) [14,15]. Fibroblast growth factors (FGF) denotes a pleiotropic factor involved in controlling several basic processes, namely cell proliferation, differentiation, and survival; also angiogenesis [16]. FGF may stimulate receptors in endothelial cells (EC) or induce the release of proangiogenic factors from the other cells [17].

During the wound healing process, fibroblasts come from the healthy adjacent tissues that migrate to the injury area through the cross-linking fibers and subsequently secrete bFGF or FGF-7, VEGF-A, and IGF-1 which act as the signal transducer toward the contiguous keratinocyte. The wound healing process may take place well if there are continuous increase of keratinocyte proliferation [17,18]. This is in line with the result of this study, which revealed that angiogenesis in the treatment group was higher than the control group throughout the observation days.

Fibroblast secretes angiogenetic factors. One of the growth factors that plays role in angiogenesis is PDGF, which is a growth factor that mainly secreted by platelet during the inflammatory stage, macrophage during the proliferative stage, endothelial cells, and keratinocyte cells. Aside from initiating angiogenesis by stimulating the maturation of newly-formed capillaries, PDGF also denotes one of the important growth factors with several functions in wound healing process. Those functions are, stimulates neutrophils and macrophages migration to the wound area, stimulates fibroblasts migration and proliferation for collagen synthesis [19].

Angiogenesis will be activated by the angiogenetic factors such as VEGF, PDGF, FGF and serin thrombin protease [20] in which are secreted by fibroblast cells [14,15]. Angiogenesis plays role in the initiating proliferation process during wound healing mechanism [20]. Angiogenesis denotes a crucial process during wound healing since it produces new capillaries to provide nutrition and oxygen, also dispose of the metabolism remnants [1]. VEGF denotes an angiogenetic factor that plays important role in new capillaries formation after injury, which can be observed during the angiogenesis process along the proliferative stage of wound healing [18]. VEGF constitutes one of specific cytokine that secreted after the injury and also a vascular permeability factor that may increase the capillary permeability [15].

Those aforementioned factors are the possible causes of the significant differences found between the treatment group and the control group in the same day. Besides, it also explains the notable increase of angiogenesis from day-3 to day-5. This result is in line with previous study, which stated that angiogenesis constitutes new blood vessels formation process to promote tissue regeneration, thus allow a normal wound healing. Angiogenesis takes place on day-3 to day-5 after injury [21].

Okra fruit contains other substances, such as quercetin, which beside act as an antioxidant, also has anti-tumor properties. Anti-tumor properties of quercetin relate to its ability to prevent tumor vascularization by inhibiting the growth and migration of endothelial cells [22]. Previous study discovered that quercetin is able to inhibit several key step in angiogenesis, including endothelial proliferation, migration, and also formation by means of inhibit the VEGF-induced phosphorylation, and upstream kinase phosphorylation of protein kinase B (AKT), and also ribosomal protein s6 kinase [23]. This may explain the increase of angiogenesis until day-5, and decrease on day-7, although not a significant one.


The rate of angiogenesis in the group treated with okra fruit extract at 30% concentration is higher than the control group. Therefore, okra fruit extract at 30% concentration is able to promote angiogenesis in post-extracted tooth socket of Wistar rats.

Financial Support



The authors would like to thank Yuniar Aliyah Risky for the help in conducting this research.


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Received: August 19, 2019; Accepted: January 13, 2020; Accepted: February 24, 2020

Author to whom correspondence should be addressed: Muhammad Luthfi, Department of Oral Biology, Faculty of Dental Medicine, Universitas Airlangga, Jalan Prof. Dr. Moestopo 47, Surabaya, Indonesia. Phone: +62 31 5030255. E-mail:

Academic Editors: Alessandro Leite Cavalcanti and Wilton Wilney Nascimento Padilha

Authors’ Contributions

ML Conceptualization, Methodology, Investigation, Formal Analysis, Writing - Original Draft Preparation and Writing - Review and Editing.

WSJ Conceptualization, Methodology, Investigation, Formal Analysis, Writing - Original Draft Preparation and Writing - Review and Editing.

YAR Conceptualization, Methodology, Investigation, Formal Analysis, Writing - Original Draft Preparation and Writing - Review and Editing.

All authors declare that they contributed to critical review of intellectual content and approval of the final version to be published.

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

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