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J Mater Sci Mater Med. 2013 Jun;24(6):1515-25. doi: 10.1007/s10856-013-4906-5. Epub 2013 Mar 20.

Comparison of the effects of Mg-6Zn and titanium on intestinal tract in vivo.

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  • 1Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine, 227 South Chongqing Road, Shanghai 200025, People's Republic of China.


To evaluate the ability of Mg-6Zn to replace titanium nails in the reconstruction of the intestinal tract in general surgery, we compared the Mg-6Zn and titanium implants with respect to their effects on rat's intestinal tract by biochemical, radiological, pathological and immunohistochemical methods. The results indicated that Mg-6Zn implants started to degrade at the third week and disintegrate at the fourth week. No bubbles appeared, which may be associated with intestinal absorption of the Mg-6Zn implants. Pathological analyses (containing liver, kidney and cecum tissues) and biochemical measurements, including serum magnesium, creatinine, blood urea nitrogen, glutamic-pyruvic-transaminase and glutamic-oxaloacetic-transaminase proved that degradation of Mg-6Zn did not harm the important organs, which is an improvement over titanium implants. Immunohistochemical results showed that Mg-6Zn could enhance the expression of transforming growth factor-β1. Mg-6Zn reduced the expression of tumor necrosis factor at different stages. In general, our study demonstrates that the Mg-6Zn alloy had good biocompatibility in vivo and performed better than titanium at promoting healing and reducing inflammation. It may be a promising candidate for stapler pins in intestinal reconstruction.

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