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Evaluation of highly carbonated hydroxyapatite bioceramic implant coatings with hierarchical micro-/nanorod topography optimized for osseointegration

Authors Li S, Yu W, Zhang W, Zhang G, Yu L, Lu E

Received 15 December 2017

Accepted for publication 16 March 2018

Published 26 June 2018 Volume 2018:13 Pages 3643—3659


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Linlin Sun

Shuang Li,1,2 Weijun Yu,3 Weiqi Zhang,1 Guohua Zhang,1 Li Yu,1 Eryi Lu1

1Department of Stomatology, Renji Hospital, School of Medicine, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China; 2Shanghai Key Laboratory of Orthopedic Implants, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Shanghai Ninth People’s Hospital, School of Medicine, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China; 3College of Stomatology, School of Medicine, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China

Background: Optimal osseointegration has been recognized as a pivotal factor in determining the long-term success of biomedical implants.
Materials and methods: In the current study, highly carbonated hydroxyapatite (CHA) with carbonate contents of 8, 12 and 16 wt% and pure hydroxyapatite (HA) were fabricated via a novel hydrothermal method and deposited on the titanium substrates to generate corresponding CHA bioceramic coatings (designated as C8, C12 and C16, respectively) and HA bioceramic coatings (designated as C0).
Results: C8, C12 and C16 were endowed with nanoscale, hierarchical hybrid micro-/nanoscale and microscale surface topographies with rod-like superstructures, respectively. Compared with C0, the micro-/nanotextured CHA bioceramic coatings (C8, C12 and C16) possessed excellent surface bioactivity and biocompatibility, as well as better wettability, which mediated improved protein adsorption, giving rise to simultaneous enhancement of a biological cascade of events of rat bone-marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells including cell adhesion, proliferation, osteogenic differentiation and, notably, the production of the pro-angiogenic growth factor, vascular endothelial growth factor-A. In particular, C12 with biomimetic hierarchical hybrid micro-/nanorod topography exhibited superior fractal property and predominant performance of protein adsorption, cell adhesion, proliferation and osteogenesis concomitant with angiogenesis.
Conclusion: All these results suggest that the 12 wt% CHA bioceramic coating with synergistic modification of surface chemistry and topography has great prospect for future use as implant coating to achieve optimum osseointegration for orthopedic and dental applications.

Keywords: carbonated hydroxyapatite, micro-/nanohybrid topography, biomimicry, titanium implant

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