Author(s): Schmidmaier G, Lucke M, Schwabe P, Raschke M, Haas NP,
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Abstract Demographic data reveal that due to the increasing aging of the population, complications with the musculoskeletal system will increase in the next years. One major problem in orthopedic and trauma surgery are the delayed healing or non-unions of long bone fractures. The exogenous application of growth factors can stimulate the bone healing to reduce these complications. Beside the choice of the optimal growth factor the application system is important. Therefore, we developed a new bioactive coating method for implants, which is based on a biodegradable poly(D,L-lactide) (coating thickness: 10 mum). This coating allows the incorporation of growth factors and the controlled release of these factors during the healing process without the need for further devices. The effect of different growth factors (IGF-I, TGF-beta1, and BMP-2) locally released from coated intramedullary implants on fracture healing was investigated with biomechanical and histological analysis in rats. All investigated growth factors stimulated the fracture healing as assessed with biomechanical tests and histological analysis. The local application of combined IGF-I and TGF-beta1 had the most stimulating effect on fracture healing, followed by the effect of BMP-2, IGF-I, and TGF-beta1 alone. Bioactive coating of biomechanical well-established implants can on the one hand stabilize the fracture and on the other hand stimulate healing processes to increase healing and to reduce the rate of complications.
This article was published in J Long Term Eff Med Implants
and referenced in Journal of Biotechnology & Biomaterials