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J Clin Periodontol. 2013 Jul;40(7):688-97. doi: 10.1111/jcpe.12109. Epub 2013 Apr 30.

Evaluation of a compression resistant matrix for recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2.

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  • 1Laboratory for Applied Periodontal & Craniofacial Regeneration LAPCR, Georgia Regents University College of Dental Medicine, Augusta, GA, USA.



Previous studies document the therapeutic potential of recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2 (rhBMP-2) in an absorbable collagen sponge (ACS) carrier for indications in the axial and appendicular skeleton. Nevertheless, the ACS does not comprise structural integrity to adequately support bone formation for onlay indications. The objective of this study was to evaluate local bone formation and osseointegration following surgical implantation of rhBMP-2 soak-loaded onto a compression resistant matrix (CRM).


Routine, contralateral, critical-size, supraalveolar, peri-implant defects in five adult male Hound Labrador mongrel dogs received 0.8 mg rhBMP-2 soak-loaded onto either the ACS (benchmark control) or a CRM (collagen/β-TCP/hydroxyapatite) followed by submerged wound closure for primary intention healing. The animals were euthanized at 8 weeks for histologic/histometric evaluation.


Healing was uneventful albeit considerable initial swelling was observed for either treatment. Sites receiving rhBMP-2/CRM showed significantly increased bone area (20.0 ± 0.9 versus 12.3 ± 2.6 mm(2) , p = 0.03) and bone density (24.1 ± 1.4% versus 14.6 ± 2.0%, p = 0.04) compared with those receiving rhBMP-2/ACS. There were no significant differences between treatments for new bone height and osseointegration. Woven and lamellar trabecular bone lined with abundant osteoid was observed for all sites. Inconsistent cortex formation confirmed the immature nature of the newly formed bone. Seroma formation was observed for both treatments (80-100% of the animals/implants). Sites receiving rhBMP-2/CRM showed residual ceramic granules undergoing biodegradation, including accumulation of foamy macrophages.


rhBMP-2/CRM supports bone formation of clinically relevant geometry. Longer observation intervals as well as dose variations appear necessary to capture maturation of the newly formed bone, elimination of residual ceramic granules and resolution of seroma formation(s).

© 2013 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

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