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OBJECTIVE - The objective of this study was to test the hypothesis that a compression-resistant bone graft augmented with recombinant human morphogenetic protein-2 (rhBMP-2) will promote lateral ridge augmentation without the use of protective mesh in a canine model.
MATERIALS & METHODS - Compression-resistant (CR) bone grafts were evaluated in a canine model of lateral ridge augmentation. Bilateral, right trapezoidal prism-shaped defects (13-14 mm long × 8-9 mm wide × 3-4 mm deep at the base) in 13 hounds (two defects per hound) were treated with one of four groups: (i) absorbable collagen sponge + 400 μg rhBMP-2/ml (ACS, clinical control) protected by titanium mesh, (ii) CR without rhBMP-2 (CR, negative control), (iii) CR + 200 μg rhBMP-2 (CR-L), or (iv) CR + 400 μg rhBMP-2 (CR-H). All animals were euthanized after 16 weeks. Ridge height and width and new bone formation were assessed by μCT, histology, and histomorphometry. The release kinetics of rhBMP-2 from CR bone grafts in vitro and in vivo in a femoral condyle defect model in rabbits was also evaluated.
RESULTS - All four bone grafts promoted new bone formation (11-31.6 volume%) in the lateral ridge defects. For CR grafts, ridge height and width increased in a dose-responsive manner with increasing rhBMP-2 concentration. Ridge height and width measured for CR-H without the use of protective mesh was comparable to that measured for ACS with a protective mesh.
CONCLUSIONS - At the same dose of rhBMP-2, an injectable, compression-resistant bone graft resulted in a comparable volume of new bone formation with the clinical control (ACS). These findings highlight the potential of compression-resistant bone grafts without the use of protective mesh for lateral ridge augmentation.
© 2018 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Bone fractures at weight-bearing sites are challenging to treat due to the difficulty in maintaining articular congruency. An ideal biomaterial for fracture repair near articulating joints sets rapidly after implantation, stabilizes the fracture with minimal rigid implants, stimulates new bone formation, and remodels at a rate that maintains osseous integrity. Consequently, the design of biomaterials that mechanically stabilize fractures while remodeling to form new bone is an unmet challenge in bone tissue engineering. In this study, we investigated remodeling of resorbable bone cements in a stringent model of mechanically loaded tibial plateau defects in sheep. Nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite-poly(ester urethane) (nHA-PEUR) hybrid polymers were augmented with either ceramic granules (85% β-tricalcium phosphate/15% hydroxyapatite, CG) or a blend of CG and bioactive glass (BG) particles to form a settable bone cement. The initial compressive strength and fatigue properties of the cements were comparable to those of non-resorbable poly(methyl methacrylate) bone cement. In animals that tolerated the initial few weeks of early weight-bearing, CG/nHA-PEUR cements mechanically stabilized the tibial plateau defects and remodeled to form new bone at 16 weeks. In contrast, cements incorporating BG particles resorbed with fibrous tissue filling the defect. Furthermore, CG/nHA-PEUR cements remodeled significantly faster at the full weight-bearing tibial plateau site compared to the mechanically protected femoral condyle site in the same animal. These findings are the first to report a settable bone cement that remodels to form new bone while providing mechanical stability in a stringent large animal model of weight-bearing bone defects near an articulating joint.
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BACKGROUND - The challenging biological and mechanical environment of posterolateral fusion (PLF) requires a carrier that spans the transverse processes and resists the compressive forces of the posterior musculature. The less traumatic posterolateral approach enabled by minimally invasive surgical techniques has prompted investigations into alternative rhBMP-2 carriers that are injectable, settable, and compression-resistant. In this pilot study, we investigated injectable low-viscosity (LV) polymer/composite bone grafts as compression-resistant carriers for rhBMP-2 in a single-level rabbit PLF model.
METHODS - LV grafts were augmented with ceramic microparticles: (1) hydrolytically degradable bioactive glass (BG), or (2) cell-degradable 85% β-tricalcium phosphate/15% hydroxyapatite (CM). Material properties, such as pore size, viscosity, working time, and bulk modulus upon curing, were measured for each LV polymer/ceramic material. An in vivo model of posterolateral fusion in a rabbit was used to assess the grafts' capability to encourage spinal fusion.
RESULTS - These materials maintained a working time between 9.6 and 10.3 min, with a final bulk modulus between 1.2 and 3.1 MPa. The LV polymer/composite bone grafts released 55% of their rhBMP-2 over a 14-day period. As assessed by manual palpation in vivo, fusion was achieved in all (n = 3) animals treated with LV/BG or LV/CM carriers incorporating 430 μg rhBMP-2/ml. Images of μCT and histological sections revealed evidence of bone fusion near the transverse processes.
CONCLUSION - This study highlights the potential of LV grafts as injectable and compression-resistant rhBMP-2 carriers for posterolateral spinal fusion.
Ceramic/polymer composite bone grafts offer the potential advantage of combining the osteoconductivity of ceramic component with the ductility of polymeric component, resulting in a graft that meets many of the desired properties for bone void fillers (BVF). However, the relative contributions of the polymer and ceramic components to bone healing are not well understood. In this study, we compared remodeling of low-viscosity (LV) ceramic/poly(ester urethane) composites to a ceramic BVF control in a sheep femoral condyle plug defect model. LV composites incorporating either ceramic (LV/CM) or allograft bone (LV/A) particles were evaluated. We hypothesized that LV/CM composites which have the advantageous handling properties of injectability, flowability, and settability would heal comparably to the CM control, which was evaluated for up to 2 years to study its long-term degradation properties. Remodeling of LV/CM was comparable to that observed for the CM control, as evidenced by new bone formation on the surface of the ceramic particles. At early time points (4 months), LV/CM composites healed similar to the ceramic clinical control, while LV/A components showed more variable healing due to osteoclast-mediated resorption of the allograft particles. At longer time points (12-15 months), healing of LV/CM composites was more variable due to the nonhomogeneous distribution and lower concentration of the ceramic particles compared to the ceramic clinical control. Resorption of the ceramic particles was almost complete at 2 years. This study highlights the importance of optimizing the loading and distribution of ceramic particles in polymer/ceramic composites to maximize bone healing. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Biomed Mater Res Part B: Appl Biomater, 105B: 2333-2343, 2017.
© 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Treatment of mandibular osseous defects is a significant clinical challenge. Maintenance of the height and width of the mandibular ridge is essential for placement of dental implants and restoration of normal dentition. While guided bone regeneration using protective membranes is an effective strategy for maintaining the anatomic contour of the ridge and promoting new bone formation, complications have been reported, including wound failure, seroma, and graft exposure leading to infection. In this study, we investigated injectable low-viscosity (LV) polyurethane/ceramic composites augmented with 100 μg/mL (low) or 400 μg/mL (high) recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2 (rhBMP-2) as space-maintaining bone grafts in a canine mandibular ridge saddle defect model. LV grafts were injected as a reactive paste that set in 5-10 min to form a solid porous composite with bulk modulus exceeding 1 MPa. We hypothesized that compression-resistant LV grafts would enhance new bone formation and maintain the anatomic contour of the mandibular ridge without the use of protective membranes. At the rhBMP-2 dose recommended for the absorbable collagen sponge carrier in dogs (400 μg/mL), LV grafts maintained the width and height of the host mandibular ridge and supported new bone formation, while at suboptimal (100 μg/mL) doses, the anatomic contour of the ridge was not maintained. These findings indicate that compression-resistant bone grafts with bulk moduli exceeding 1 MPa and rhBMP-2 doses comparable to that recommended for the collagen sponge carrier support new bone formation and maintain ridge height and width in mandibular ridge defects without protective membranes.
The ideal bone graft substitute requires osteoconductive, osteoinductive, and osteogenic components. This study introduces an "in vivo bioreactor," a model in which pluripotent cells are recruited from circulating blood to a vascularized coralline scaffold supplemented with bone morphogenetic protein-2 (BMP-2). The bioreactor generates new, ectopic host bone with the capability of vascularized tissue transfer. More importantly, bone is reproducibly formed in a closed and malleable environment. In a rat model, the superficial inferior epigastric vessels were isolated, ligated, and then threaded through a prefabricated coral cylinder (hydroxyapatite, ProOsteon 500). Experimental groups were characterized by the following variables: (1) with/without incorporation of vascular pedicle; (2) with/without addition of BMP-2 (0.02 mg/cm3). Scaffolds were harvested 6 weeks after implantation, embedded and sectioned. Tissue samples were decalcified, fixed, and stained with H&E, trichrome green, and CD31/PECAM-1 (a marker of endothelial cells). Vascularized coral scaffolds supplemented with BMP-2 presumably recruited circulating mesenchymal stem cells to generate bone. Bone formation was quantified through histological analysis, and reported as a percentage, area bone/area cross section scaffold x 100. Mean bone formation was 11.30%+/-1.19. All scaffolds supplied by the vascular pedicle, regardless of BMP-2 supplementation, demonstrated neo-vascular ingrowth. Scaffolds lacking a pedicle showed no evidence of vascular ingrowth or bone formation. This paper introduces a model of a novel "in vivo bioreactor" that has future clinical and research applications. The tissue engineering applications of the "bioreactor" include treatment of skeletal defects (nonunion, tumor post-resection reconstruction). The bioreactor also may serve as a unique model in which to study primary and metastatic cancers of bone.