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Effect of Physicochemical Surface Properties of Silicon-Substitute hydroxyapatite on Angiogenesis.

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Ellermann, Else 
Cameron, Ruth Elizabeth 
Best, Serena M 


Synthetic hydroxyapatite (HA) is a widely studied bioceramic for bone tissue engineering (BTE) due to its similarity to the mineral component of bone. As bone mineral contains various ionic substitutions that play a crucial role in bone metabolism, the bioactivity of HA can be improved by adding small amounts of physiologically relevant ions into its crystal structure, with silicate-substituted HA (Si-HA) showing particularly promising results. Nevertheless, it remains unclear how distinct material characteristics influence the bioactivity due to the intertwined nature of surface properties. A co-culture methodology was optimised and applied for in vitro quantification of the biological response. Initially, HA and Si-HA samples were produced and characterised. To compare the bioactivity of the samples, a method was developed to measure interactions in an increasingly complex environment, first including fibronectin (FN) adsorption and subsequently cell adhesion in mono- and co-culture using primary human osteoblasts (hOBs) and human dermal microvascular endothelial cells (HDMECs), with- and without FN pre-coating. An experimental set-up was designed to assess to what extent different surface features of the samples contribute to the induced biological response. An 8 nm gold-sputter coating was applied to eradicate the electrochemical differences and polishing and abrading was used to reduce the differences in surface topographies. Overall, 1.25wt%Si-HA exhibited most nano-scale variations in surface potential. In terms of bioactivity, 1.25wt%Si-HA samples induced the highest osteoblast attachment and vessel formation. Additionally, in vitro vessel formation was established on Si-HA surfaces using a hOB;HDMEC cell ratio of 70:30 and a methodology was established that enabled the assessment of the relative effect of topographical and electrochemical features induced by silicon substitution in the HA lattice on their bioactivity. It was found that the difference in the amount of protein attached to HA and 1.25wt%Si-HA after 2 hours was affected by topographical differences. Conversely, electrochemical differences induced different vessel-like structure formation in co-culture with a FN pre-coating. Without a FN pre-coating, both topographical and electrochemical differences dictated the differences in angiogenic response. Overall, 1.25wt%Si-HA surface features appear to induce the most favourable protein adsorption and cell adhesion in mono- and co-culture with- and without FN pre-coating.



40 Engineering, 4003 Biomedical Engineering

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Tissue Eng Part C Methods

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Mary Ann Liebert Inc
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EP/N019938/1)
EPSRC, Geistlich Pharma AG, EPSRC Early Career Fellowship EP/N019938/1