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Analyzing the behavior of a porous nano-hydroxyapatite/polyamide 66 (n-HA/PA66) composite for healing of bone defects

Authors Xiong Y, Ren C, Zhang B, Yang H, Lang Y, Min L, Zhang W, Pei F, Yan Y, Li H, Mo A, Tu C, Duan H

Received 15 August 2013

Accepted for publication 11 September 2013

Published 13 January 2014 Volume 2014:9(1) Pages 485—494


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Yan Xiong,1 Cheng Ren,1 Bin Zhang,1 Hongsheng Yang,1 Yun Lang,1 Li Min,1 Wenli Zhang,1 Fuxing Pei,1 Yonggang Yan,2 Hong Li,2 Anchun Mo,3 Chongqi Tu,1 Hong Duan1

1Department of Orthopedics, West China Hospital, 2School of Physical Science and Technology, 3Department of Oral Implant, West China College of Stomatology, Sichuan University, Chengdu, People's Republic of China

Abstract: The aim of this study was to analyze the behavior of the porous nano-hydroxyapatite/polyamide 66 (n-HA/PA66) composite grafted for bone defect repair through a series of biological safety experiments, animal experiments, and a more than 5-year long clinical follow-up. The biological safety experiments, carried out in accordance with the Chinese Guo Biao and Tolerancing (GB/T)16886 and GB/T16175, revealed that porous n-HA/PA66 composite had no cytotoxicity, no sensitization effect, no pyrogenic reaction, and that its hemolysis rate was 0.59% (less than 5%). Rabbit models of tibia defects with grafted porous n-HA/PA66 composite were established. After 2 weeks, the experiment showed that osteogenesis was detected in the porous n-HA/PA66 composite; the density of new bone formation was similar to the surrounding host bone at 12 weeks. After 26 weeks, the artificial bone rebuilt to lamellar bone completely. In the clinical study, a retrospective review was carried out for 21 patients who underwent serial radiographic assessment after treatment with porous n-HA/PA66 composite grafts following bone tumor resection. All wounds healed to grade A. No postoperative infections, delayed deep infection, nonspecific inflammation, rejection, or fractures were encountered. At a mean follow-up of 5.3 years, the mean Musculoskeletal Tumor Society's (MSTS) 93 score was 29.3 points (range: 28–30 points) and mean radiopaque density ratio was 0.77±0.10. The radiologic analysis showed that porous n-HA/PA66 composite had been completely incorporated with the host bone about 1.5 years later. In conclusion, this study indicated that the porous n-HA/PA66 composite had biological safety, and good biocompatibility, osteoinduction, and osseointegration. Thus, the porous n-HA/PA66 composite is an ideal artificial bone substitute and worthy of promotion in the field.

Keywords: biomaterial, artificial bone materials, porous n-HA/PA66 composite (n-HA/PA66), bone defects healing, bone grafting

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