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Song W.,Wayne State University | Ren W.,Wayne State University | Ren W.,Detroit Medical Center Providence Hospital Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program | Wan C.,Sichuan University | And 4 more authors.
Journal of Biomedical Materials Research - Part A | Year: 2011

It is our goal to develop bactericidal bone scaffolds with osteointegration potential. In this study, poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) coating (7%) was applied to an erythromycin (EM)-impregnated strontium-doped calcium polyphosphate (SCPP) scaffold using a simple slurry dipping method. MicroCT analysis showed that PVA coating reduced the average pore size and the percentage of pore interconnectivity to some extent. Compressive strength tests confirmed that the PVA coating significantly increased material elasticity and slightly enhanced the scaffold mechanical strength. It was also confirmed that the PVA coatings allowed a sustained EM release that is controlled by diffusion through the intact PVA hydrogel layer, irrespective of the drug solubility. PVA coating did not inhibit the EM bioactivity when the scaffolds were immersed in simulated body fluid for up to 4 weeks. EM released from SCPP-EM-PVA composite scaffolds maintained its capability of bacterial growth (S. aureus) inhibition. PVA coating is biocompatible and nontoxic to MC3T3 preosteoblast cells. Furthermore, we found that SCPP-EM-PVA composite scaffolds and their eluants remarkably inhibited RANKL-induced osteoclastogenesis in a murine RAW 264.7 macrophage cell line. Thus, this unique multifunctional bioactive composite scaffold has the potential to provide controlled delivery of relevant drugs for bone tissue engineering. Copyright © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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