Novel soybean/gelatine-based bioactive and injectable hydroxyapatite foam: material properties and cell response.
ABSTRACT Despite their known osteoconductivity, clinical use of calcium phosphate cements is limited both by their relatively slow rate of resorption and by rheological properties incompatible with injectability. Bone in-growth and material resorption have been improved by the development of porous calcium phosphate cements. However, injectable formulations have so far only been obtained through the addition of relatively toxic surfactants. The present work describes the response of osteoblasts to a novel injectable foamed bone cement based on a composite formulation including the bioactive foaming agents soybean and gelatine. The foaming properties of both defatted soybean and gelatine gels were exploited to develop a self-hardening soy/gelatine/hydroxyapatite composite foam able to retain porosity upon injection. After setting, the foamed paste produced a calcium-deficient hydroxyapatite scaffold, showing good injectability and cohesion as well as interconnected porosity after injection. The intrinsic bioactivity of soybean and gelatine was shown to favour osteoblast adhesion and growth. These findings suggest that injectable, porous and bioactive calcium phosphate cements can be produced for bone regeneration through minimally invasive surgery.
Article: Calcium phosphate cements loaded with basic fibroblast growth factor: Delivery and in vitro cell response.[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: Combining calcium phosphate cements (CPCs) with bioactive molecules improves their bone regeneration potential. Although CPCs are highly osteoconductive, sometimes they have limited biological responses, especially in terms of cell proliferation. Here, we used basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) in an α-tricalcium phosphate cement with different initial powder sizes (coarse vs. fine; designated as CPC-C and CPC-F, respectively) and investigated the behavior of bFGF loading and release, as well as the effects on osteoblast responses. bFGF was loaded at 10 μg/ml or 25 μg/ml onto the set form of two types of CPCs, aiming to allow penetration into the pore structure and adsorption onto the cement crystallites. The CPC formulated with fine powder (CPC-F) had higher specific surface area and smaller-sized pores and retained slightly higher amounts of bFGF within the structure. The bFGF release study performed for 3 weeks showed a sustained-release profile; after an initial rapid release over approximately 3 days, further release pattern was almost linear. Compared to CPC-F, CPC-C showed a much faster release pattern. The effects of the bFGF incorporation within CPCs on cellular responses were assessed in terms of cell proliferation using MC3T3-E1 pre-osteoblastic cells. Compared with bFGF-free CPCs (both CPC-C and CPC-F), those containing bFGF stimulated cell proliferation for up to 7 days. An inhibition study of bFGF receptor demonstrated that the improvement of cell proliferation resulted from the role of bFGF released from the CPCs. This study provides beneficial information on improving the biological properties of CPCs by combining them with specific therapeutic molecules, and particularly with bFGF, showing that the cell proliferative ability was significantly stimulated, which may have potential applications for further use in stem cell-based bone tissue engineering. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Biomed Mater Res Part A, 2012.Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part A 09/2012; · 2.63 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: The vast majority of materials used in bone tissue engineering and regenerative medicine are based on calcium phosphates due to their similarity with the mineral phase of natural bone. Among them, calcium phosphate cements, which are composed of a powder and a liquid that are mixed to obtain a moldable paste, are widely used. These calcium phosphate cement pastes can be injected using minimally invasive surgery and adapt to the shape of the defect, resulting in an entangled network of calcium phosphate crystals. Adding an organic phase to the calcium phosphate cement formulation is a very powerful strategy to enhance some of the properties of these materials. Adding some water-soluble biocompatible polymers in the calcium phosphate cement liquid or powder phase improves physicochemical and mechanical properties, such as injectability, cohesion, and toughness. Moreover, adding specific polymers can enhance the biological response and the resorption rate of the material. The goal of this study is to overview the most relevant advances in this field, focusing on the different types of polymers that have been used to enhance specific calcium phosphate cement properties.Journal of tissue engineering. 01/2012; 3(1):2041731412439555.