Author(s): Hansen T, Clermont G, Alves A, Eloy R, Brochhausen C,
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Abstract In order to study the pathobiological impact of the nanometre-scale of materials, we evaluated the effects of five different materials as nanoparticulate biomaterials in comparison with bulk samples in contact with living tissues. Five groups out of 10 rats were implanted bilaterally for up to 12 months with materials of the same type, namely TiO2, SiO2, Ni, Co and polyvinyl chloride (PVC), subcutaneously with bulk material on one side of the vertebral column and intramuscularly with nanoparticulate material on the contralateral side. At the end of each implantation time, the site was macroscopically examined, followed by histological processing according to standard techniques. Malignant mesenchymal tumours (pleomorphic sarcomas) were obtained in five out of six cases of implanted Co nanoparticle sites, while a preneoplastic lesion was observed in an animal implanted with Co in bulk form. In the Ni group, all animals rapidly developed visible nodules at the implanted sites between 4 and 6 months, which were diagnosed as rhabdomyosarcomas. Since the ratio of surface area to volume did not show significant differences between the Ni/Co group and the TiO2/SiO2/PVC group, we suggested that the induction of neoplasia was not mediated by physical effects, but was mediated by the well-known carcinogenic impact of Ni and Co. The data from the Co group show that the physical properties (particulate versus bulk form) could have a significant influence on the acceleration of the neoplastic process.
This article was published in J R Soc Interface
and referenced in Journal of Tissue Science & Engineering