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Acta Biomater. 2013 Jul;9(7):7564-72. doi: 10.1016/j.actbio.2013.03.010. Epub 2013 Mar 19.

Titanium particle-challenged osteoblasts promote osteoclastogenesis and osteolysis in a murine model of periprosthestic osteolysis.

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  • 1Orthopaedic Research Institute, Via Christi Wichita Hospitals - St. Francis, 929 N St Francis Street, Wichita, KS 67214, USA.

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The current study investigates the interactive behavior of titanium alloy particle-challenged osteoblastic bone marrow stromal cells (BMSCs) and macrophage lineage cells in a murine knee-prosthesis failure model. BMSCs were isolated from male BALB/c mice femurs and induced in osteogenic medium. At 24h after isolation, BMSCs in complete induction medium were challenged with 1, 3 or 5mgml(-1) titanium particles for 7days. Culture media were collected at 2, 4 and 6days and cells were harvested at 7days for alkaline phosphatase (ALP) assay/stains. Cell proliferation in the presence of Ti particles was periodically evaluated by MTT assay. Mice implanted with titanium-pin tibial implants were given an intra-articular injection of 50μl medium containing 5×10(5) Ti particles-challenged bone-marrow-derived osteoblastic cells, followed by a repeat injection at 2weeks post-operation. Control mice with titanium-pin implants received a naïve osteoblastic cell transfusion. After sacrifice at 4weeks, the implanted knee joint of each group was collected for biomechanical pin-pullout testing, histological evaluation and reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction analysis of mRNA extracted from the joint tissues. Ti particles significantly stimulated the proliferation of BMSC-derived osteoblastic cells at both high and low particle concentrations (p<0.05), with no marked differences between the particle doses. ALP expression was diminished following Ti particle interactions, especially in the high-dose particle group (p<0.05). In addition, the culture media collected from short-term challenged (48h) osteoblasts significantly increased the numbers of TRAP+ cells when added to mouse peripheral blood monocytes cultures, in comparison with the monocytes cells receiving naïve osteoblasts media (p<0.05). Intra-articular introduction of the osteoblastic cells to the mouse pin-implant failure model resulted in reduced implant interfacial shear strength and thicker peri-implant soft-tissue formation, suggesting that titanium particles-challenged osteoblasts contributed to periprosthetic osteolysis. Comparison of the gene expression profiles among the peri-implant tissue samples following osteoblast injection did not find significant difference in RunX2 or Osterix/Sp7 between the groups. However, MMP-2, IL-1, TNF-α, RANKL, and TRAP gene expressions were elevated in the challenged-osteoblast group (p<0.05). In conclusion, titanium alloy particles were shown to interfere with the growth, maturation, and functions of the bone marrow osteoblast progenitor cells. Particle-challenged osteoblasts appear to express mediators that regulate osteoclastogenesis and peri-prosthetic osteolysis.

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