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Karlstadt, Germany

Behrendt A.-K.,University of Rostock | Beythien M.,University of Rostock | Huber J.,CGS Medical GmbH | Zufrass T.,CGS Medical GmbH | And 3 more authors.
Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine | Year: 2015

The incorporation of antimicrobial substances like silver into implant surface coatings is one promising concept against primary infections of endoprosthesis, especially for immunocompromised patients as well as against reinfection after revision operations. However, besides good antimicrobial and mechanical properties it is equally important that the implant material does not disturb the local microvascular perfusion of muscle tissue to enable microbial host defense and tissue repair processes. In this study the biocompatibility of a newly developed TiAg-composite coating applied on conventional titanium via physical vapor deposition was analysed. To evaluate the local microvascular and inflammatory response of striated muscle tissue upon implantation of TiAg-coated plates the murine dorsal skinfold chamber model was used. We repetitively examined local capillary and venular perfusion, endothelial integrity as well as leucocyte activation by intravital fluorescence microscopy at 1 h, 24 h as well as 3 and 7 days after implantation. TiAg-implants were well tolerated by the vascular system as indicated by intact functional capillary density and endothelial integrity compared to pure titanium plates and controls without a metal implant. Furthermore, quantification of rolling and adherent leucocytes did not reveal signs of inflammation upon TiAg-implantation. © 2015, Springer Science+Business Media New York.

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