Slobodan Vukicevic

Slobodan Vukicevic
University of Zagreb · Centre for Translational and Clinical Research

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The 13th International BMP Conference was held in October 2022 in Dubrovnik. The conference was attended by more than 240 participants from North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia who got an insight into the latest achievements in basic, translational, and clinical research of BMP molecules through 75 lectures categorized into several scientific...
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PurposeOsteogrow, an osteoinductive device containing recombinant human Bone Morphogenetic Protein 6 (rhBMP6) in autologous blood coagulum, is a novel therapeutic solution for bone regeneration. This study aimed to evaluate different commercially available calcium phosphate synthetic ceramic particles as a compression-resistant matrix (CRM) added t...
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Autologous bone graft substitute (ABGS) containing rhBMP6 in autologous blood coagulum (Osteogrow) is a novel therapeutic solution for bone regeneration. This study is aimed to investigate the long-term outcome of ABGS with synthetic ceramics (Osteogrow-C) in rabbit posterolateral spinal fusion (PLF) model. Osteogrow-C implants were implanted bilat...
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In response to mechanical forces and the aging process, bone in the adult skeleton is continuously remodeled by a process in which old and damaged bone is removed by bone-resorbing osteoclasts and subsequently is replaced by new bone by bone-forming cells, osteoblasts. During this essential process of bone remodeling, osteoclastic resorption is tig...
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Bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) have a major role in tissue development. BMP3 is synthesized in osteocytes and mature osteoblasts and has an antagonistic effect on other BMPs in bone tissue. The main aim of this study was to fully characterize cortical bone and trabecular bone of long bones in both male and female Bmp3−/− mice. To investigate th...
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Despite the high prevalence of ischemic heart diseases worldwide, no antibody-based treatment currently exists. Starting from the evidence that a specific isoform of the Bone Morphogenetic Protein 1 (BMP1.3) is particularly elevated in both patients and animal models of myocardial infarction, here we assess whether its inhibition by a specific mono...
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NFκB plays a key role in inflammation and skeletal disorders. Previously, we reported that pharmacological inhibition of NFκB at the level of TRAF6 suppressed RANKL, CD40L and IL1β-induced osteoclastogenesis and attenuated cancer-induced bone disease. TNFα is also known to regulate TRAF6/NFκB signalling, however the anti-inflammatory and osteoprote...
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Autologous bone graft substitute (ABGS) containing rhBMP6 in autologous blood coagulum (ABC) with synthetic ceramics is a novel therapeutic solution for bone repair. The aim of this study was to investigate whether the application of Zoledronate (ZOL) with ABGS might enhance the properties of newly formed bone. The effect of ZOL on bone induction w...
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Bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) possess a unique ability to induce new bone formation. Numerous preclinical studies have been conducted to develop novel, BMP-based osteoinductive devices for the management of segmental bone defects and posterolateral spinal fusion (PLF). In these studies, BMPs were combined with a broad range of carriers (natura...
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The relationship between hemochromatosis and diabetes has been well established, as excessive iron deposition has been reported to result in impaired function of the endocrine and exocrine pancreas. Therefore, the objective of the present study was to analyze the effects of iron accumulation on the pancreata and glucose homeostasis in a bone morpho...
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Background Management of large segmental defects is one of the most challenging issues in bone repair biology. Autologous bone graft substitute (ABGS) containing rhBMP6 within autologous blood coagulum (ABC) with synthetic ceramics is a novel biocompatible therapeutic solution for bone regeneration. Case presentation. A 2-year old dog was brought t...
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Purpose: We have recently developed an autologous bone graft substitute (ABGS) containing recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein 6 (rhBMP6) in autologous blood coagulum (ABC) that induces new bone formation in vivo. In order to improve biomechanical properties of the implant, compression resistant matrix (CRM) consisting of synthetic ceramic...
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Bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) are potent osteoinductive agents for bone tissue engineering. In order to define optimal properties of a novel autologous bone graft substitute (ABGS) containing rhBMP6 within the autologous blood coagulum (ABC) and ceramic particles as a compression resistant matrix (CRM), we explored the influence of their amoun...
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BMPs were purified from demineralized bone matrix based on their ability to induce new bone in vivo and they represent a large member of the TGF-β superfamily of proteins. BMPs serve as morphogenic signals for mesenchymal stem cell migration, proliferation and subsequently differentiation into cartilage and bone during embryonic development. A BMP...
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Bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) are known to induce new bone formation in vivo but treating trabecular bone defects with a BMP based therapeutic remains controversial. Here, we evaluated the safety and efficacy of a novel Autologous Bone Graft Substitute (ABGS) comprised of recombinant human BMP6 (rhBMP6) dispersed within an autologous blood coa...
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Posterolateral lumbar fusion (PLF) is a commonly performed surgical procedure for the treatment of pathological conditions of the lumbosacral spine. In the present study, we evaluated an autologous bone graft substitute (ABGS) containing rhBMP6 in autologous blood coagulum (ABC) and synthetic ceramics used as compression resistant matrix (CRM) in r...
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BMPs are potent osteogenic proteins that induce new bone formation in vivo. However, their effect on bone healing in the trabecular bone surfaces remains challenging. We evaluated the safety and efficacy of recombinant human BMP6 (rhBMP6) applied within an autologous blood coagulum (ABC) in a surgically created wedge‐defect of the proximal tibia in...
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Regenerative cell-based implants using periosteum-derived stem cells were developed for the treatment of large 3 cm fresh and 4.5 centimeter biological compromised bone gaps in a tibial sheep model and compared with an acellular ceramic-collagen void filler. It was hypothesized that the latter is insufficient to heal large skeletal defects due to r...
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In the present study, we evaluated an autologous bone graft substitute (ABGS) composed of recombinant human BMP6 (rhBMP6) dispersed within autologous blood coagulum (ABC) used as a physiological carrier for new bone formation in spine fusion sheep models. The application of ABGS included cervical cage for use in the anterior lumbar interbody fusion...
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The cover image is based on the Original Article Autologous Blood Coagulum is a physiological carrier for BMP6 to induce new bone formation and promote posterolateral lumbar spine fusion in rabbits by Slobodan Vukicevic, Marko Pecin, Nikola Štoković et al., https://doi.org/10.1002/term.2981.
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Bone Morphogenetic Proteins (BMPs) are growth and differentiation factors within the TGFβ superfam- ily of proteins. They induce ectopic and orthotopic endochondral bone formation and are involved in the regulation of cell proliferation, differentiation, apoptosis and mesenchymal-epithelial interactions in critical morphogenetic processes of tissue...
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We report on the covalent immobilization of bone morphogenetic protein 6 (BMP-6) and its co-presentation with integrin ligands on a nanopatterned platform to study cell adhesion and signaling responses which regulate the transdifferentiation of myoblasts into osteogenic cells. To immobilize BMP-6, the heterobifunctional linker MU-NHS is coupled to...
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Correction to: Wien Klin Wochenschr 2019 https://doi.org/10.1007/s00508-019-01541-8 The original version of this article unfortunately contained a mistake. The presentation of Tab. 4 was incorrect. The corrected table is given below. The original article has been …
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In the present study, we describe autologous blood coagulum (ABC) as a physiological carrier for BMP6 to induce new bone formation. Recombinant human BMP6 (rhBMP6), dispersed within ABC and formed as an autologous bone graft substitute (ABGS), was evaluated either with or without allograft bone particles (ALLO) in rat subcutaneous implants, and in...
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Background The aim of this study was to analyze radiographic imaging techniques and to quantify bone ossification in the osteotomy gap after high tibial osteotomy. Material and methods Study phase 1: high tibial osteotomy was performed on six lower extremities of human body donors and experimental X‑rays and computed tomography (CT) scans were app...
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BACKGROUND CONTEXT RhBMP2 soaked in bovine tendon collagen and synthetic ceramics composite as well as rhBMP7/OP1 lyophilized in bovine bone collagen particles with additive carboxyl-methyl cellulose have been evaluated for posterolateral lumbar fusion (PLF). We investigated rhBMP6 delivered in autologous blood coagulum (ABC), a native carrier (sca...
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Understanding the control of viral infections is of broad importance. Chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection causes decreased expression of the iron hormone hepcidin, which is regulated by hepatic bone morphogenetic protein (BMP)/SMAD signalling. We found that HCV infection and the BMP/SMAD pathway are mutually antagonistic. HCV blunted inductio...
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Aims Bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) are involved in the development and homeostasis of multiple organs and tissues. There has been a significant focus on understanding the role of BMPs in pancreatic β-cell dysfunction associated with type 2 diabetes (T2D). Our objective was to investigate the relationship between BMP6 and glucose homeostasis....
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BMP2 and BMP7, which use bovine Achilles tendon–derived absorbable collagen sponge and bovine bone collagen as scaffold, respectively, have been approved as bone graft substitutes for orthopedic and dental indications. Here, we describe an osteoinductive autologous bone graft substitute (ABGS) that contains recombinant human BMP6 (rhBMP6) dispersed...
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Bone morphogenetic protein 6 (BMP6) has unique properties regarding structure and function in supporting bone formation during development and adult life. Despite its known role in various malignant tumors, the prognostic significance of BMP6 expression in oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) remains unknown. The aim of the study was to investigate...
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Bone fractures represent a significant medical morbidity among aged population with osteoporosis. Bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) are suggested to have therapeutic potential to enhance fracture healing in such patients. Though BMP-mediated fracture healing has been well-documented in preclinical models, there has been no clinical study that demo...
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Liver fibrosis is a progressive pathological process resulting in an accumulation of excess extracellular matrix proteins. We discovered that bone morphogenetic protein 1-3 (BMP1-3), an isoform of the metalloproteinase Bmp1 gene, circulates in the plasma of healthy volunteers and its neutralization decreases the progression of chronic kidney diseas...
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Complications associated with the clinical use of BMP2 and BMP7 result from the limited understanding of their molecular mechanisms in bone remodeling. Recently, a novel BMP6-based approach has been developed with superior healing results and reduced side effects in preclinical studies. BMP6-containing osteogenic medicinal product called Osteogrow,...
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Bone morphogenetic protein (BMP)-7 is required for embryonic kidney development, plays a functional role in the adult kidney as renal hormone for vascular and skeletal integrity, and modulates calcium and phosphate homeostasis. Preclinical studies have shown that systemic administration of recombinant BMP-7 provides tissue protection in models of a...
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Bone morphogenetic proteins are regulators of embryonic development with multiple functions in adult organs and tissues. Here we summarize effects of BMPs outside the musculoskeletal system, focused on their role in inflammatory disorders, e.g., fibrosis, inflammatory bowel disease, anchylosing spondylitis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Additionally, w...
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Over the last 40 years International Orthopaedics has published a series of articles on bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) covering topics from basic research to clinical applications. This includes also work submitted from the Laboratory for Mineralized Tissues of the School of Medicine University of Zagreb. Accordingly, we felt obliged to give a...
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Reduced peripheral serotonin (5HT) in mice lacking tryptophan hydroxylase (TPH1), the rate limiting enzyme for 5HT synthesis, was reported to be anabolic to the skeleton. However, in other studies, TPH1 deletion either had no bone effect or an age-dependent inhibition of osteoclastic bone resorption. The role of 5HT in bone therefore remains poorly...
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Reduced peripheral serotonin (5HT) in mice lacking tryptophan hydroxylase (TPH1), the rate limiting enzyme for 5HT synthesis, was reported to be anabolic to the skeleton. However, in other studies TPH1 deletion either had no bone effect or an age dependent inhibition of osteoclastic bone resorption. The role of 5HT in bone therefore remains poorly...
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Mushroom extracts have shown promising effects in the treatment of cancer and various chronic diseases. Osteoporosis is considered one of the most widespread chronic diseases, for which currently available therapies show mixed results. In this research we investigated the in vitro effects of water extracts of the culinary-medicinal mushrooms Tramet...
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Bore morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) are members of the transforming growth factor (TGF)-β superfamily, a group of secreted proteins that regulate embryonic development. This review summarizes the effects of BMPs on physiological processes not exclusively linked to the musculoskeletal system. Specifically, we focus on the involvement of BMPs in infla...
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Several vascular disorders such as aberrant angiogenesis, atherosclerosis and pulmonary hypertension have been linked to dysfunctional BMP signaling. As vascular hyperpermeability via distortion of endothelial cell adherens junctions is a common feature of these diseases, the role of BMPs in this process has not been investigated yet. BMP signaling...
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In mammals, two types of adipose tissue are present: white and brown. While the main function of white adipose tissue (WAT) is the storage of fat, brown adipose tissue (BAT) dissipates energy stored in triglycerides as heat via the uncoupling protein UCP-1. Interestingly, BAT volume and activity are lower in obese subjects, suggesting that BAT impo...
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Serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine, 5-HT) is a biologically active molecule present in mammals in the brain and peripheral tissues where it exerts many physiological functions. Developmental exposure to 5-HT-enhancing agents has been reported to induce long-lasting changes in the brain, but the long-term effects of perinatal 5-HT enhancement on 5-HT ba...
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Type III transforming growth factor (TGFβ) receptor (TGFβrIII) modulates TGFβ superfamily signaling. Its tumor tissue expression is downregulated in human breast cancer. We determined (indirect ELISA) plasma levels of the soluble receptor (sTGFβrIII) in 47 women with breast cancer (AJCC stages 0-IIB) (cases) pre-surgery and over two months after th...
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We report the production of hGM-CSF cytokine in leaves of industrial tobacco cultivars DH-17 and DH-27 by using Agrobacterium-mediated transient expression. We prove the concept that very high biomass industrial tobacco plants are suitable platforms for rapid, low cost production of foreign proteins. Successful transient expression of the GM-CSF wa...
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The human sphenoid sinus is an extremely variable cavity and an important landmark in hypophyseal surgery. The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between the sphenoid sinus type, size, extent of pneumatization and occurrence of protrusions of the adjacent neurovascular structures. A total of 51 randomly selected skulls (≥20 years...
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Segmental bone defect management is among the most demanding issues in orthopaedics and there is a great medical need for establishing an appropriate treatment option. Tissue transfer, including bone autografts or free flaps, depending on the size of the bone deficiency, is currently the "gold standard" for treatment of such defects. Osteogenic cel...
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The regeneration of the joint cartilage remains a major challenge in medicine, because the factors initiating cartilage formation, maturation, and healing are poorly understood. The ideal outcome of the joint cartilage repair is a restoration of columnar architecture and composition of articular joint hyaline cartilage. The field of tissue engineer...
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The regeneration of the joint cartilage remains a major challenge in medicine, because the factors initiating cartilage formation, maturation, and healing are poorly understood. The ideal outcome of the joint cartilage repair is a restoration of columnar architecture and composition of articular hyaline cartilage. The field of tissue engineering (T...
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Purpose: Iron overload accelerates bone loss in mice lacking the bone morphogenetic protein 6 (Bmp6) gene, which is the key endogenous regulator of hepcidin, iron homeostasis gene. We investigated involvement of other BMPs in preventing haemochromatosis and subsequent osteopenia in Bmp6-/- mice. Methods: Iron-treated wild-type (WT) and Bmp6-/- m...
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Bone morphogenetic protein 1 (BMP1) was originally isolated from bone with other BMPs due to its affinity for heparin. While all other BMPs are members of the Transforming Growth Factor β (TGFβ) superfamily of growth factors, BMP1 is not an authentic member of the BMP protein family. Together with mammalian Tolloid Like protein 1 (mTLL-1) and mTLL-...