Nano-Hydroxyapatite Bone Substitute Functionalized with Bone Active Molecules for Enhanced Cranial Bone Regeneration

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The aim of this study was to synthesize and characterize a nano-hydroxyapatite (nHAP) and calcium sulfate bone substitute (NC) for cranioplasty. The NC was functionalized with low concentrations of bone morphogenetic protein-2 (BMP-2) and zoledronic acid (ZA) and characterized both in vitro and in vivo. In vitro studies included MTT, ALP assays, and fluorescent staining of Saos-2 (human osteoblasts) and MC3T3-E1 (murine preosteoblasts) cells cultured on NC. An in vivo study divided 20 male Wistar rats into four groups: control (defect only), NC, NC + ZA, and NC + ZA + rhBMP-2. The materials were implanted in an 8.5 mm critical size defect in the calvarium for 12 weeks. Micro-CT quantitative analysis was carried out in vivo at 8 weeks and ex vivo after 12 weeks. Mineralization was highest in the NC + ZA + rhBMP-2 group (13.0 ± 2.8 mm3) compared to the NC + ZA group (9.0 ± 3.2 mm3), NC group (6.4 ± 1.9 mm3), and control group (3.4 ± 1.0 mm3) after 12 weeks. Histological and spectroscopic analysis of the defect site provided a qualitative confirmation of neo-bone, which was in agreement with the micro-CT results. In conclusion, NC can be used as a carrier for bioactive molecules, and functionalization with rhBMP-2 and ZA in low doses enhances bone regeneration.


Enheter & grupper
Externa organisationer
  • Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
  • Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Medicinska material och protesteknik


Sidor (från-till)6816-6828
Antal sidor13
TidskriftACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Utgåva nummer8
StatusPublished - 2017 mar 1
Peer review utfördJa