Biologic response of human anterior cruciate ligamentocytes on collagen-patches to platelet-rich plasma formulations with and without leucocytes

J Orthop Res. 2017 Dec;35(12):2733-2739. doi: 10.1002/jor.23599. Epub 2017 May 30.


Due to the poor self-healing capacities of the anterior cruciate ligament, previous primary repair attempts have failed. To enhance biologic healing, platelet rich plasma and collagen scaffold have shown promise in animal models. Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is already used in several clinical applications although outcomes are quite debated. The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of different PRP formulations during 21 days: With leucocytes and pure PRP on human anterior cruciate ligament-derived ligamentocytes grown on collagen patches in 3D cell cultures in vitro. Three experimental groups were formed: 2.5% leucocyte rich PRP, 2.5% pure PRP, 20% leucocyte rich PRP, a negative control, and a positive control. Cell proliferation, cell phenotype on mRNA transcript level, and extracellular matrix production (total collagen and glycosaminoglycan content) were evaluated. DNA content and metabolic cell activity increased significantly in all groups on day 21 compared to day 7, except in the negative control. No changes in extracellular matrix production were detected. Different catabolic genes were induced depending on the concentration of leucocyte rich PRP. PRP with and without leucocytes treated anterior cruciate ligamentocytes significantly increased cell proliferation but not extracellular matrix production. However, the specific activation of different catabolic genes was dependent on the relative content of leucocytes. © 2017 Orthopaedic Research Society. Published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Orthop Res 35:2733-2739, 2017.

Keywords: anterior cruciate ligament; leucocyte; platelet-rich plasma; proliferation.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries / therapy*
  • Cell Proliferation
  • Cells, Cultured
  • Extracellular Matrix / metabolism
  • Humans
  • Leukocyte Transfusion
  • Male
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma*
  • Young Adult