Osteostatin-Coated Porous Titanium Can Improve Early Bone Regeneration of Cortical Bone Defects in Rats

Johan Stok, D Lozano, YC Chai, SA Yavari, Angela Bastidas Coral, Jan Verhaar, E Gomez-Barrena, J Schrooten, Holger Jahr, AA Zadpoor, P Esbrit, H Weinans

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A promising bone graft substitute is porous titanium. Porous titanium, produced by selective laser melting (SLM), can be made as a completely open porous and load-bearing scaffold that facilitates bone regeneration through osteoconduction. In this study, the bone regenerative capacity of porous titanium is improved with a coating of osteostatin, an osteoinductive peptide that consists of the 107-111 domain of the parathyroid hormone (PTH)-related protein (PTHrP), and the effects of this osteostatin coating on bone regeneration were evaluated in vitro and in vivo. SLM-produced porous titanium received an alkali-acid-heat treatment and was coated with osteostatin through soaking in a 100 nM solution for 24 h or left uncoated. Osteostatin-coated scaffolds contained similar to 0.1 mu g peptide/g titanium, and in vitro 81% was released within 24 h. Human periosteum-derived osteoprogenitor cells cultured on osteostatin-coated scaffolds did not induce significant changes in osteogenic (alkaline phosphatase [ALP], collagen type 1 [Col1], osteocalcin [OCN], runt-related transcription factor 2 [Runx2]), or angiogenic (vascular endothelial growth factor [VEGF]) gene expression; however, it resulted in an upregulation of osteoprotegerin (OPG) gene expression after 24 h and a lower receptor activator of nuclear factor kappa-B ligand (RankL):OPG mRNA ratio. In vivo, osteostatin-coated, porous titanium implants increased bone regeneration in critical-sized cortical bone defects (p=0.005). Bone regeneration proceeded until 12 weeks, and femurs grafted with osteostatin-coated implants and uncoated implants recovered, respectively, 66% and 53% of the original femur torque strength (97 +/- 31 and 77 +/- 53 N center dot mm, not significant). In conclusion, the osteostatin coating improved bone regeneration of porous titanium. This effect was initiated after a short burst release and might be related to the observed in vitro upregulation of OPG gene expression by osteostatin in osteoprogenitor cells. Long-term beneficial effects of osteostatin-coated, porous titanium implants on bone regeneration or mechanical strength were not established here and may require optimization of the pace and dose of osteostatin release.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)1495-1506
Number of pages12
JournalTissue Engineering Part A
Issue number9-10
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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