Synergistically enhanced osteoconductivity and anti-inflammation of PLGA/β-TCP/Mg(OH)2 composite for orthopedic applications

Seul Ki Lee, Cheol Min Han, Wooram Park, Ik Hwan Kim, Yoon Ki Joung, Dong Keun Han

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Synthetic biodegradable polymers including poly(lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) have been widely used as alternatives to metallic implantable materials in the orthopedic field due to their superior biocompatibility and biodegradability. However, weak mechanical properties of the biodegradable polymers and inflammatory reaction caused by the acidic degradation products have limited their biomedical applications. In this study, we have developed a PLGA composite containing beta-tricalcium phosphate (β-TCP) and magnesium hydroxide (Mg(OH)2) as additives to improve mechanical, osteoconductivity, and anti-inflammation property of the biopolymer composite simultaneously. The β-TCP has an osteoconductive effect and the Mg(OH)2 has a pH neutralizing effect. The PLGA/inorganic composites were uniformly blended via a twin extrusion process. The mechanical property of the PLGA/β-TCP/Mg(OH)2 composite was improved compared to the pure PLGA. In particular, the addition of Mg(OH)2 suppressed the inflammatory reaction of normal human osteoblast (NHOst) cells and also inhibited the differentiation of pre-osteoclastic cells into osteoclasts. Moreover, synergistically upregulated late osteogenic differentiation of NHOst cells was observed on the PLGA/β-TCP/Mg(OH)2 composite. Taken all together, we believe that the use of β-TCP and Mg(OH)2 as additives with synthetic biodegradable polymers has great potential by the synergistic effect in orthopedic applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-75
Number of pages11
JournalMaterials Science and Engineering C
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jan 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Basic Science Research Program ( 2017R1A2B3011121 ), Bio & Medical Technology Development Program ( 2014M3A9D3033887 and 2018M3A9E2024579 ) through National Research Foundation of Korea funded by the Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT) and Core Materials Technology Development Program ( 10048019 ) funded by Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE), Republic of Korea.

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  • Anti-inflammation
  • Beta-tricalcium phosphate (β-TCP)
  • Magnesium hydroxide (Mg(OH))
  • Osteoconduction
  • Poly(lactic-co-glycolide) (PLGA)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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