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A bisphosphonate coating improves the bony fixation of stainless steel screws in ovariectomized rats
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine . Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Applied Physics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine . Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Orthopaedic Centre, Department of Orthopaedics Linköping.
2008 (English)Article in journal (Refereed) Submitted
Abstract [en]

Background: Bisphosphonate coatings improve the fixation of implants in bone. Stainless steels screws inserted in the rat tibia become encapsulated by new bone if they are coated with bisphosphonates in a crosslinked fibrinogen matrix. Thereby, the coating leads to a gradual increase in pull-out force. We now investigate if this bisphosphonate coating is capable to improve the mechanical fixation also in osteoporotic bone.

Methods: Stainless steel screws were coated with a thin crosslinked fibrinogen matrix. With EDC/NHS coupling technique, pamidronate was bound to carboxylic groups and ibandronate was adsorbed in the fibrinogen matrix. Uncoated stainless steel screws and bisphosphonatecoated screws were inserted bilaterally in the proximal tibia in 10 ovariectomized and 10 sham operated rats. At 2 weeks pull-out force and energy was measured.

Results: In the ovariectomized rats, pull-out force was 53 % higher for bisphosphonate coated screws compared to control screws. Energy was 44 % higher. The sham operated rats showed a higher variation, and no effect of the coating was found.

Conclusion: The coating was sufficient to improve fixation in ovariectomized rats

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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-15309OAI: diva2:113873
Available from: 2008-10-30 Created: 2008-10-30 Last updated: 2009-08-21Bibliographically approved
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1. Surface bound bisphosphonate for implant fixation in bone
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Surface bound bisphosphonate for implant fixation in bone
2008 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Alternative title[sv]
Läkemedel bundet till implantatytan förbättrar implantatets förankring i ben
Abstract [en]

During the surgical preparation of bone, prior to insertion of an implant, bone will be traumatized which leads to local resorption. Consequently, early implant fixation might be reduced. Impaired early fixation, as evidenced by radiostereometry, has been associated with increased risk of late loosening. Bisphosphonates are known to inhibit bone resorption by osteoclasts and have shown to increase implant fixation when administered systemically or locally directly at the bone prior to implant insertion.

A method to bind bisphosphonates directly to the implant was developed. Stainless steel screws were coated with crosslinked fibrinogen, serving as an anchor for bisphosphonate attachment. The screws were inserted in the tibial metaphysis in rats and implant fixation was analyzed with pullout measurements. Bisphosphonate coated screws turned out to have 28 % higher pullout force at 2 weeks compared to control screws with the fibrinogen coating only. The next experiment was designed to measure at what stage in the healing process the strongest bisphosphonate effect was gained. Bisphosphonate coated screws were expected to reduce the resorption of the traumatized bone. However, no decreased fixation was found in the control group. Instead, the fixation increased with time, and so did the effect of the bisphosphonates. At 8 weeks, the pullout force was twice as high for screws with bisphosphonate compared to control screws. By histology at 8 weeks, a bone envelope was found around bisphosphonate coated screws but absent around control screws. Thus, the anti catabolic action of the bisphosphonate resulted in an increased amount of bone surrounding the bisphosphonate screws.

Titanium is generally considered to be better fixated in bone compared to stainless steel. The coating technique was found to be applicable on titanium as well, again with improved fixation.

A majority of fractures occur in osteoporotic bone. Despite the relatively low amount of bisphosphonates at the screws, the bisphosphonate coating improved implant fixation at 2 weeks also in rats made osteoporotic by ovariectomy.

In conclusion, bisphosphonates bound to titanium or stainless steel screws coated with fibrinogen increased fixation in bone, in rats. These results suggest that the bisphosphonate and fibrinogen coating might improve the fixation of screw shaped implants and possibly also arthroplasties, in humans.

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Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2008. 49 p.
Linköping University Medical Dissertations, ISSN 0345-0082 ; 1059
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urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-15310 (URN)978-91-7393-919-5 (ISBN)
Public defence
2008-05-21, Elsa Brännströms sal, Campus US, Hälsouniversitetet, Linköpings universitet, Linköping, 13:00 (English)
Available from: 2008-10-30 Created: 2008-10-30 Last updated: 2012-01-19Bibliographically approved

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