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Guided bone regeneration using resorbable membrane and different bone substitutes: Early histological and molecular events.

Journal article
Authors Ibrahim Elgali
Alberto Turri
Wei Xia
Birgitta Norlindh
Anna Johansson
Christer Dahlin
Peter Thomsen
Omar Omar
Published in Acta Biomaterialia
Volume 29
Pages 409-423
ISSN 1742-7061
Publication year 2016
Published at Institute of Clinical Sciences, Department of Biomaterials
Pages 409-423
Language en
Subject categories Biomaterials


Bone insufficiency remains a major challenge for bone-anchored implants. The combination of guided bone regeneration (GBR) and bone augmentation is an established procedure to restore the bone. However, a proper understanding of the interactions between the bone substitute and GBR membrane materials and the bone-healing environment is lacking. This study aimed to investigate the early events of bone healing and the cellular activities in response to a combination of GBR membrane and different calcium phosphate (CaP) materials. Defects were created in the trabecular region of rat femurs, and filled with deproteinized bovine bone (DBB), hydroxyapatite (HA) or strontium-doped HA (SrHA) or left empty (sham). All the defects were covered with an extracellular matrix membrane. Defects were harvested after 12h, 3d and 6d for histology/histomorphometry, immunohistochemistry and gene expression analyses. Histology revealed new bone, at 6d, in all the defects. Larger amount of bone was observed in the SrHA-filled defect. This was in parallel with the reduced expression of osteoclastic genes (CR and CatK) and the osteoblast-osteoclast coupling gene (RANKL) in the SrHA defects. Immunohistochemistry indicated fewer osteoclasts in the SrHA defects. The observations of CD68 and periostin-expressing cells in the membrane per se indicated that the membrane may contribute to the healing process in the defect. It is concluded that the bone-promoting effects of Sr in vivo are mediated by a reduction in catabolic and osteoblast-osteoclast coupling processes. The combination of a bioactive membrane and CaP bone substitute material doped with Sr may produce early synergistic effects during GBR.

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