Effect of partial hydrolysis of octacalcium phosphate on its osteoconductive characteristics

Naohisa Miyatake, Koshi N. Kishimoto, Takahisa Anada, Hideki Imaizumi, Eiji Itoi, Osamu Suzuki

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The present study was designed to investigate whether the stoichiometry of octacalcium phosphate OCP affects its osteoconductive and immune response characteristics in rat bone marrow. Those characteristics of synthetic, well-grown OCP but with a non-stoichiometric composition were compared with those of a slightly hydrolyzed OCP (low crystalline OCP: LC-OCP), the fully hydrolyzed apatitic product of OCP or biodegradable β-tricalcium phosphate (β-TCP) ceramic, by their implantation in rat tibia for 56 days. The physicochemical aspect of implants and biological responses were analyzed by X-ray diffraction, histomorphometry, immunohistochemistry and expression of mRNA around the implants. The remarkable findings were that: (1) the highest bone formation rate was obtained for β-TCP whereas the lowest for LC-OCP at Day 14; (2) the rates were reversed and reached the highest for LC-OCP until Day 56; (3) the early expression of ostoeoclast markers TRAP and cathepsin-K was suppressed with LC-OCP; (4) the expression of inflammatory markers IL-β1 and TNF-α was suppressed with LC-OCP. The results confirmed that the partially hydrolyzed OCP with Ca/P molar ratio 1.37 (LC-OCP) enhances bone formation most, suppressing early osteoclast activity and reducing inflammation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1005-1014
Number of pages10
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2009
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biophysics
  • Bioengineering
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Biomaterials
  • Mechanics of Materials


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