Enhanced histologic repair in a central wound in the anterior cruciate ligament with a collagen–platelet-rich plasma scaffold

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Children's Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School, 300 Longwood Ave., Boston, Massachusetts 02115, USA.
Journal of Orthopaedic Research (Impact Factor: 2.99). 08/2007; 25(8):1007-17. DOI: 10.1002/jor.20367
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The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) of the knee is an intra-articular ligament that fails to heal after primary repair. The medial collateral ligament (MCL) of the knee is an extra-articular ligament that heals uneventfully in the majority of cases. Why these two ligaments have such different responses to injury remains unclear. In this article, we address two hypotheses: first, that the histologic response to injury is different in intra-articular and extra-articular ligaments, and second, that the response of the intra-articular ligaments can be altered by placing a collagen-platelet-rich plasma (collagen-PRP) hydrogel in the wound site. Wounds were created in extra-articular ligaments (MCL and/or patellar ligament) and an intra-articular ligament (ACL) in canine knees, and the histologic response to injury evaluated at 3 days (n = 3), 7 days (n = 4), 3 weeks (n = 5), and 6 weeks (n = 5). In the 3-week (n = 5) and 6-week (n = 5) animals, bilateral central wounds were made in the ACLs and the wounds in one knee of each animal treated with a collagen-PRP hydrogel while the contralateral side was untreated. Extra-articular ligament wounds had greater filling of the wound site and increased presence in the wound site of fibrinogen, fibronectin, PDGF-A, TGF-beta1, FGF-2, and von Willebrand's factor when compared to intra-articular ligament wounds. Treatment of the intra-articular wound with a collagen-PRP hydrogel resulted in increased filling of the wound site with repair tissue that had similar profiles of growth factor and protein expression to the extra-articular ligament wounds. The use of a collagen-PRP scaffold can ameliorate histologic differences noted between healing extra-articular ligamentous wounds and nonhealing intra-articular ligamentous wounds. This study supports the hypothesis that premature scaffold failure may play a key role in the normally expected failure of the ACL to heal after injury.

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    • "There has been a recent upsurge in interest in using extracellular matrix-based materials to enhance repair of tissues within the knee joint. Specifically for the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL), these materials have been used as platelet stabilization scaffolds in a central defect model [1, 2], as well as in a complete ACL transection model [3, 4] and also to enhance healing of an ACL reconstruction [5]. In those studies, these materials appear promising with regards to improving the biomechanical strength of the repairs. "
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    ABSTRACT: Collagen is an important biomaterial in intra-articular tissue engineering, but there are unanswered questions about its safety. We hypothesize that the addition of type-I-collagen for primary repair of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) might result in a local and systemic reaction in a porcine model after 15 weeks as demonstrated by joint effusion, synovial thickening, elevated intraarticular and systemic leukocyte counts. Further, this reaction might be aggravated by the addition of a platelet concentrate. Eighteen porcine ACLs were transected and repaired with either sutures (n=6), a collagen sponge (n=6), or a collagen-platelet-composite (CPC; n=6). Twelve intact contralateral knees served as controls (n=12). No significant synovial thickening or joint effusion was seen in the collagen-treated knees. Synovial fluid leukocyte counts showed no significant differences between surgically treated and intact knees, and no differences were seen in leukocyte counts of the peripheral blood. The addition of a platelet concentrate to the knee joint resulted in lower serum levels of IL-1β, but serum levels of TNF-α were not significantly different between groups. In conclusion, the presence of collagen, with or without added platelets, did not increase the local or systemic inflammatory reactions following surgery, suggesting that Type I collagen is safe to use in the knee joint.
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    • "The ligament tissue maturation index (LTMI) of Murray et al. [20] was used to evaluate the maturation of tendon grafts according to the following 3 criteria: [1] cellular aspects including cell density, nuclear shape, and orientation; [2] extracellular matrix characteristics, such as crimp; and [3] vascular features including blood vessel density and maturity (total score, 28 points). "
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    • "Preliminary studies of tissue-engineered treatments have shown promising results. In particular, the use of collagen scaffolds loaded with platelet-rich-plasma (PRP) has been shown to improve the strength of both the repaired ACL and grafts used for ACL reconstruction in animal models [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10]. Platelets are known to stimulate angiogenesis and wound repair [11], and have been studied and utilized in a variety of surgical fields [12]. "
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