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Copper-containing bioactive glass nanoparticles (Cu-BG NPs) with designed compositions and sizes were synthesized and incorporated into chitosan(CH)/silk fibroin(SF)/glycerophosphate(GP) composites to prepare injectable hydrogels for cell-free bone repair. The resulting Cu-BG/CH/SF/GP gels were found to exhibit well-defined injectability and to undergo rapid gelation at physiological temperature and pH. They were highly porous and showed the ability to administer Si, Ca and Cu ions at their respective safe doses in a sustained and controlled manner. In vitro studies revealed that the gels supported the growth of seeded MC3T3-E1 and human umbilical vein endothelial cells, and effectively induced them toward osteogenesis and angiogenesis, respectively. In vivo bone repair based on a critical-size rat calvarial bone defect model demonstrated that the optimal Cu-BG/CH/SF/GP gel was able to fully restore the bone defect with formation of neovascularizated bone tissue and mineralized collagen deposition during a treatment period of 8 weeks without utilization of any cells and/or growth factors. The results suggest that the presently developed Cu-BG/CH/SF/GP composite hydrogels have great potential and translation ability for bone regeneration owing to their thermo-sensitive properties, cell-free bioactivity, and cost-effectiveness. STATEMENT OF
Hydrogels loaded with cells and/or growth factors exhibit potential in bone repair. However, they have been facing obstacles related to the clinic translation. Here, a novel type of hydrogel system consisting of copper-containing bioactive glass nanoparticles and chitosan/silk fibroin composite was developed. These gels showed injectability and thermally triggered in situ gelation properties and were able to administer the release of different ions at safe but effective doses in controlled manner while inducing the seeded cells toward osteogenesis and angiogenesis. The optimal gel showed the ability to fully repair critical-size rat calvarial bone defects without involving the time-consuming cell processing and/or the use of expensive growth factors, confirming that this hydrogel system has great potential for translation to the clinic.
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Name: Acta biomaterialia
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A serine-rich sticky protein secreted by MOTHS. Generally, the term refers to silkworm silk gum protein secreted in the middle section of silk gland cells of SILKWORMS, Bombyx mori. Sericin acts as a cement and coating for the two fibroin filaments in a silk strand and is readily soluble in mild alkaline solution.
Fibrous proteins secreted by INSECTS and SPIDERS. Generally, the term refers to silkworm fibroin secreted by the silk gland cells of SILKWORMS, Bombyx mori. Spider fibroins are called spidroins or dragline silk fibroins
A non-essential amino acid. It is found primarily in gelatin and silk fibroin and used therapeutically as a nutrient. It is also a fast inhibitory neurotransmitter.
A biomineral consisting of layers of crystalized ARAGONITE, separated by interlamellar layers of organic matrix containing beta-CHITIN, and surrounded by an intercrystalline organic membrane of silk fibroin. Nacre is the iridescent substance better known as mother-of-pearl that is secreted by MOLLUSCS.
Composite materials composed of an ion-leachable glass embedded in a polymeric matrix. They differ from GLASS IONOMER CEMENTS in that partially silanized glass particles are used to provide a direct bond to the resin matrix and the matrix is primarily formed by a light-activated, radical polymerization reaction.
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