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Giant cell granuloma (GCG) is an osteolytic tumour of the jaw which is characterised by the presence of both mononuclear and multinucleated (osteoclast-like) giant cell components. The nature of these component cells and the pathogenesis of the extensive osteolysis associated with this lesion is uncertain.Using cell culture techniques and immunohistochemistry, we defined the phenotypic characteristics of the mononuclear and multinucleated cells present in four cases of GCG of the jaw. We also analysed the cellular and humoral factors associated with osteoclast formation and osteolysis in these tumours and determined whether GCG stromal cells are capable of supporting osteoclast formation.GCG-derived giant cells expressed the phenotypic characteristics of osteoclasts (TRAP+, VNR+, and calcitonin responsive) and were capable of lacunar resorption. In addition to macrophages, the mononuclear cell population contained numerous spindle-shaped stromal cells which proliferated in culture and expressed RANKL; these GCG-stromal cells were capable of supporting human osteoclast formation from circulating monocyte precursors.Our findings indicate that the giant cells in GCG of the jaw are osteoclast-like and formed from monocyte/macrophage precursors which differentiate into osteoclasts under the influence of RANKL-expressing mononuclear stromal cells found in this lesion.

Original publication

DOI

10.1034/j.1600-0714.2003.00069.x

Type

Journal article

Journal

Journal of oral pathology & medicine : official publication of the International Association of Oral Pathologists and the American Academy of Oral Pathology

Publication Date

04/2003

Volume

32

Pages

224 - 231

Addresses

Nuffield Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Oxford, Windmill Road, Headington, Oxford OX3 7LD, UK.

Keywords

Macrophages, Osteoclasts, Giant Cells, Humans, Bone Resorption, Osteolysis, Granuloma, Giant Cell, Mandibular Diseases, Calcitonin, Acid Phosphatase, Isoenzymes, Carrier Proteins, NF-kappa B, Membrane Glycoproteins, Receptors, Vitronectin, Cell Culture Techniques, Cell Division, Cell Differentiation, Phenotype, Adult, Middle Aged, Child, Female, Male, RANK Ligand, Receptor Activator of Nuclear Factor-kappa B, Biomarkers, Tartrate-Resistant Acid Phosphatase