Improved osteoblast compatibility of medical-grade polyetheretherketone using arc ionplated rutile/anatase titanium dioxide films for spinal implants.
ABSTRACT Titanium dioxide (TiO(2)), known to exhibit good biocompatibility, is applied in this study as a thin film formed onto polyetheretherketone (PEEK) substrate, which has been widely used in spinal interbody fusion cages. For successful deposition, an arc ionplating (AIP) technique was applied to deposit TiO(2) at low deposition temperature without damaging PEEK substrate, while providing satisfactory film adhesion. This study systematically investigates the effects of TiO(2) thin film phase composition and surface characteristics, controlled by using different target current and substrate bias, on osteoblast compatibility. Experimental results showed that anatase phase (A-TiO(2)) and/or rutile phase (R-TiO(2) ) TiO(2) coatings, respectively, can be prepared in appropriate deposition conditions. Overall, the TiO(2)-coated PEEK presented better osteoblast compatibility than the bare PEEK material in terms of cell adhesion, cell proliferation, and cell differentiation abilities, as well as osteogenesis performance (as determined by levels of osteopontin, osteocalcin, and calcium content). Surface roughness and hydrophilicity of the AIP-TiO(2) films were found to be responsible for significant osteoblast cell growth. It is also noticeable that the R-TiO(2) exhibited better osteoblast compatibility than the A-TiO(2) due to the presence of negatively charged hydroxyl groups on R-TiO(2) (110) surface in nature.
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ABSTRACT: An investigation was made of the adhesion, growth and differentiation of osteoblast-like MG-63 and Saos-2 cells on titanium (Ti) and niobium (Nb) supports and on TiNb alloy with surfaces oxidized at 165°C under hydrothermal conditions and at 600°C in a stream of air. The oxidation mode and the chemical composition of the samples tuned the morphology, topography and distribution of the charge on their surfaces, which enabled us to evaluate the importance of these material characteristics in the interaction of the cells with the sample surface. Numbers of adhered MG-63 and Saos-2 cells correlated with the number of positively-charged (related with the Nb2O5 phase) and negatively-charged sites (related with the TiO2 phase) on the alloy surface. Proliferation of these cells is correlated with the presence of positively-charged (i.e. basic) sites of the Nb2O5 alloy phase, while cell differentiation is correlated with negatively-charged (acidic) sites of the TiO2 alloy phase. The number of charged sites and adhered cells was substantially higher on the alloy sample oxidized at 600°C than on the hydrothermally treated sample at 165°C. The expression values of osteoblast differentiation markers (collagen type I and osteocalcin) were higher for cells grown on the Ti samples than for those grown on the TiNb samples. This was more particularly apparent in the samples treated at 165°C. No considerable immune activation of murine macrophage-like RAW 264.7 cells on the tested samples was found. The secretion of TNF-α by these cells into the cell culture media was much lower than for either cells grown in the presence of bacterial lipopolysaccharide, or untreated control samples. Thus, oxidized Ti and TiNb are both promising materials for bone implantation; TiNb for applications where bone cell proliferation is desirable, and Ti for induction of osteogenic cell differentiation.PLoS ONE 01/2014; 9(6):e100475. · 3.53 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: The synthetic thermoplastic polymer polyetheretherketone (PEEK) is becoming a popular component of clinical orthopedic and spinal applications, but its practical use suffers from several limitations. Although PEEK is biocompatible, chemically stable, radiolucent and has an elastic modulus similar to that of normal human bone, it is biologically inert, preventing good integration with adjacent bone tissues upon implantation. Recent efforts have focused on increasing the bioactivity of PEEK to improve the bone-implant interface. Two main strategies have been used to overcome the inert character of PEEK. One approach is surface modification to activate PEEK through surface treatment alone or in combination with a surface coating. Another strategy is to prepare bioactive PEEK composites by impregnating bioactive materials into PEEK substrate. Researchers believe that modified bioactive PEEK will have a wide range of orthopedic applications.International Journal of Molecular Sciences 01/2014; 15(4):5426-45. · 2.46 Impact Factor