Bone tissue induction, using a COLLOSS-filled titanium fibre mesh-scaffolding material.
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SourceBiomaterials, 26, 23, (2005), pp. 4779-4785
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Periodontology and Biomaterials
SubjectNCMLS 3: Tissue engineering and pathology; UMCN 4.3: Tissue engineering and reconstructive surgery
Scaffold materials for bone tissue engineering often are supplemented with bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs). In the current study we aimed to investigate COLLOSS, a bovine extracellular matrix product containing native BMPs. Hollow cylindrical implants were made, with a length of 10 mm, a 3 mm inner diameter, and a 5 mm outer diameter, from titanium fibre mesh. The central space of the tube was filled with 20 mg COLLOSS. Subsequently, these implants, as well as non-loaded controls, were implanted subcutaneously into the back of Wistar rats, with n=6 for all study groups. After implantation periods of 2, 8, and 12 weeks, tissue-covered implants were retrieved, and sections were made, perpendicular to the long axis of the tube. Histology showed, that all implants were surrounded by a thin fibrous tissue capsule. After 2 weeks of implantation, the COLLOSS material was reduced in size inside the loaded implants, but no bone-like tissue formation was evident. After 8 weeks, in two out of six loaded specimens, new-formed bone- and bone marrow-like tissues could be observed. After 12 weeks, this had increased to five out of six COLLOSS-loaded samples. The amount of bone-like tissue did not differ between 8 and 12 weeks, and on average occupied 15% of the central space of the tube. In the non-loaded control samples, only connective tissue ingrowth was observed. In conclusion, we can say that COLLOSS material loaded in a titanium fibre mesh tube, showed bone-inducing properties. The final efficacy of these osteo-inductive properties has to be confirmed in future large animal studies.
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