Precisely Localized Bone Regeneration Mediated by Marine-Derived Microdroplets with Superior BMP-2 Binding Affinity

Eun Young Jeon, Seung Hoon Um, Jaeho Park, Youngmee Jung, Cheol Hong Cheon, Hojeong Jeon, Justin J. Chung

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Prompt and robust bone regeneration has been clinically achieved using supraphysiological doses of bone morphogenetic protein-2 (BMP-2) to overcome the short half-life and rapid clearance. However, uncontrolled burst release of exogenous BMP-2 causes severe complications such as heterotopic ossification and soft tissue inflammation. Therefore, numerous researches have focused on developing a new BMP-2 delivery system for a sustained release profile by immobilizing BMP-2 in various polymeric vehicles. Herein, to avoid denaturation of BMP-2 and enhance therapeutic action via localized delivery, a complex coacervate consisting of fucoidan, a marine-derived glycosaminoglycan, and poly-l-lysine (PLL) is fabricated. Superior BMP-2 binding ability and electrostatic interaction-driven engulfment enable facile and highly efficient microencapsulation of BMP-2. The microencapsulation ability of the coacervate significantly improves BMP-2 bioactivity and provides protection against antagonist and proteolysis, while allowing prolonged release. Moreover, BMP-2 containing coacervate is coated on conventional collagen sponges. The bioactivity and localized bone regenerating ability are confirmed through in vitro (human-derived stem cells), and in vivo (calvarial bone defect model) evaluations.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2200416
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Jun 16


  • bone morphogenetic protein-2
  • complex coacervates
  • fucoidan
  • localized bone regeneration
  • therapeutic protein delivery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Biotechnology
  • Biomaterials


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