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Brazilian Dental Journal

versión impresa ISSN 0103-6440

Braz. Dent. J. vol.22 no.4 Ribeirão Preto  2011

http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0103-64402011000400011 

Repair of critical-size defects with autogenous periosteum-derived cells combined with bovine anorganic apatite/collagen: an experimental study in rat calvaria

 

 

Anderson de Oliveira PauloI; Igor Iuco Castro-SilvaII; Davi Ferreira de OliveiraIII; Manoel Eduardo de Lima MachadoIV; Idomeo Bonetti-FilhoV; José Mauro GranjeiroII,VI

IGraduate Program in Dentistry, Araraquara Dental School, UNESP - Univ. Estadual Paulista, Araraquara, SP, Brazil
IIClinical Research Unit, University Hospital Antônio Pedro, UFF - Fluminense Federal University, Niterói, RJ, Brazil
IIINuclear Instrumentation Laboratory - PEN/COPPE, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
IVDepartment of Dentistry, Dental School, USP - University of São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brazil
VDepartment of Restorative Dentistry, Araraquara Dental School, UNESP - Univ. Estadual Paulista, Araraquara, SP, Brazil
VIDirectory of Programs, INMETRO - National Institute of Metrology, Standardization and Industrial Quality, Duque de Caxias, RJ, Brazil

Correspondence

 

 


ABSTRACT

The aim of this study was to evaluate the bone repair using autogenous periosteum-derived cells (PDC) and bovine anorganic apatite and collagen (HA-COL). PDC from Wistar rats (n=10) were seeded on HA-COL discs and subjected to osteoinduction during 6 days. Critical-size defects in rat calvarias were treated with blood clot (G1), autogenous bone (G2), HA-COL (G3) and HA-COL combined with PDC (G4) (n=40), and then analyzed 1 and 3 months after surgeries. Radiographic analysis exhibited no significant temporal change. G1 and G2 had discrete new marginal bone, but the radiopacity of graft materials in G2, G3 and G4 impaired the detection of osteogenesis. At 3 months, histopathological analysis showed the presence of ossification islets in G1, which was more evident in G2, homogeneous new bone around HA-COL in G3 and heterogeneous new bone around HA-COL in G4 in addition to moderate presence of foreign body cells in G3 and G4. Histomorphometric analysis showed no change in the volume density of xenograft (p>0.05) and bone volume density in G2 was twice greater than in G1 and G4 after 3 months (p<0.05), but similar to G3. The PDC did not increase bone formation in vivo, although the biomaterial alone showed biocompatibility and osteoconduction capacity.

KeyWords: critical size defects, periosteum-derived cells, xenograft, hydroxyapatite, collagen


RESUMO

O objetivo deste estudo foi avaliar o reparo ósseo usando células derivadas de periósteo (PDC) e apatita inorgânica e colágeno bovinos (HA-COL). PDC de ratos Wistar (n=10) foram semeadas sobre discos de HA-COL e osteoinduzidas por 6 dias. Defeitos de tamanho crítico em calvárias de ratos foram tratados com coágulo sanguíneo (G1), osso autógeno (G2), HA-COL (G3) ou HA-COL associado a PDC (G4) (n=40) e analisados em 1 e 3 meses após as cirurgias. Análise radiográfica não exibiu mudança temporal significante, G1 e G2 tiveram aumento discreto de novo osso marginal, entretanto a radiopacidade dos materiais de enxerto em G2, G3 e G4 prejudicou a detecção de osteogênese. Análise histopatológica mostrou em 3 meses ilhotas de ossificação em G1 que foi maior em G2, novo osso homogêneo ao redor de HA-COL em G3 e novo osso heterogêneo ao redor de HA-COL em G4 além da presença moderada de células gigantes de corpo estranho em G3 e G4. Análise histomorfométrica mostrou a densidade de volume inalterada do xenoenxerto (p>0,05) e a densidade de volume de novo osso em G2 duas vezes maior que G1 e G4 após 3 meses (p<0,05), mas similar a G3. PDC não aumentaram a formação óssea in vivo apesar do biomaterial sozinho ter apresentado biocompatibilidade e capacidade osteocondutora.


 

 

INTRODUCTION

Tissue bioengineering appears as a tool capable of using cells, growth factors and scaffolds to create autogenous tissues in laboratory and apply them as therapeutic agents (1).

Periosteum-derived cells (PDC) have osteogenic potential (2-5). They are an alternative cell source in comparison with bone marrow in the tissue engineering field since they require less invasive and safer techniques to obtain the osteogenic cells. Also, PDC show greater proliferation, which decreases the time of cell culture, contamination risks and experiment costs. It could be a favorable alternative for dentists as a regenerative therapy for alveolar bone to treat periodontitis and dental implant dehicenses, due to the easy handling, expansion and re-implantation of cells (2).

Cell culture is done upon scaffolds to simulate the 3D structure of bone tissue. Demineralized and acelullar bovine xenograft matrices are predominantly composed by collagen (COL), biocompatible (6), biodegradable and allow adhesion, growing and cellular differentiation (7). On the other hand, anorganic xenograft free of cells and organic mater is mainly constituted of a natural hydroxyapatite (HA), which can be biocompatible, osteoconductive and osteoinductive (8). Combination of both has shown spreading of human osteoblasts after eleven days in vitro (9) and new bone formation in femur (10) and rat skull (11) after 2-3 months. In a previous study, PDC-COL showed hundred times more bone in central area of rat calvaria critical-size defects (rcCSD) in comparison with the control group (5). PDC-HA implanted in subcutaneous tissue induced heterotopic ossification (4).

Combination of HA and COL could enhance the ability to carry progenitor cells to bone defects, since the agglutinating capacity of COL will be combined with the osteoconduction property of HA (6). Thus, the aim of this study was evaluate the bone repair in rcCSD using autogenous PDC and a bovine xenograft.

 

MATERIAL AND METHODS

Cellular Isolation and Expansion

Male adult Wistar rats (Rattus norvegicus albinus, n=10) under systemic anesthesia with hydrochloride ketamine (60 mg/kg, Francotar; Virbac do Brasil Ltda., São Paulo, SP, Brazil) and hydrochloride xylazine (12 mg/kg, Rompum, Bayer S.A., São Paulo, SP, Brazil) had the frontal-parietal region incised in half-moon to create partial flap to harvest the intact periosteum. Each biopsied tissue sample measuring 1 cm2; was digested in 0.25% colagenase (Sigma-Aldrich Corp., St. Louis, MO, USA) for 2 h and cell suspension incubated with DMEM:HAMF12 and 10% bovine fetal serum (Cultilab, São Paulo, SP, Brazil) at 37ºC, 5% CO2 and 95% wet atmosphere. The PDC exhibited adherence to tissue culture acrylic plate after 4 h, typical fibroblast-like morphology within 3 days and constituted a cellular monolayer, which had medium replacement every 2 days. Cells were continuously cultivated until passage 2 for the bioengineering studies. Von Kossa staining and alkaline phosphatase (ALP) assay confirmed the osteogenic potential of PDC (data not shown).

Cellular Seeding in HA-COL Scaffold

Disks (8 x 1.5 mm) of natural bovine xenograft (75% HA, 25% COL) were incubated in 24-well plates in the same conditions for 24 h, considering the crucial importance of protein adsorption in the initial cellular adhesion step, previously to seeding of 1.0x105 autogenous PDC in passage 2 onto xenograft. The medium was supplemented with 20 nM dexamethasone, 50 μg/mL ascorbic acid and 10 mM β- glycerophosphate (Sigma-Aldrich Corp.), replaced every 2 days, and the set was maintained in cell culture for 6 days (2) until surgery. Additional samples (n=3) were processed for ultrastructural morphological evaluation of cell-material interface following the protocol: fixation in Karnovsky's solution for 1 h, washing with cacodilate buffer 0.1 M pH 7.2, fixation in 1% osmium tetroxide for 1 h, dehydration in an increasing ethanol series (30, 50, 70, 90 and 100%, 10 min each), critical point drying (CPD.030; BAl-Tec AG, Liechtenstein), sputter-coating with gold and analysis with a scanning electron microscope (JSM-5800LV; JEOL, Tokyo, Japan) (Fig. 1).

Critical-Size Defects in Rat Calvaria

Adult rats (n=40, including the 10 donor/host animals of autogenous PDC) were put under systemic anesthesia, incised in the skull for a total flap and creation of rcCSD with an 8-mm diameter trephine bur (SIN, São Paulo, SP, Brazil). The osteotomized fragment was removed thoroughly and the defect was full filled with: blood clot (Group 1 - G1 - negative control), autogenous particulate bone from skull (Group 2 - G2 - positive control), HA-COL xenograft (Group 3 - G3) and HA-COL xenograft with autogenous PDC (Group 4 - G4). Afterwards, the flap was replaced and sutured. Euthanasia by anesthetic overdose occurred at 1 (n=20) and 3 months (n=20) after surgery and the skull samples were fixed with 4% buffered formalin for 48 h.

Radiographic Processing and Evaluation

The parameters for digital radiographs of skulls with a microfocus x-ray machine (FXS-100.10; Feinfocus USA Inc., Trenton, NJ, USA) were 40 kV tension, 125 μA electric chain, exposure time of 600 s, source-detector distance of 2 m, source-object of 40 cm, ×5 factor of magnification, 50 μm pixel size and x-ray focal size of ~10 μm. Phosphorous plate detected latent image (Image Plate IPX; GE Inspection Technologies GmbH, Huerth, Germany) using a desk scanner (CR-50P; GE Inspection Technologies GmbH).

Histopathological Processing and Evaluation

The excisional necropsies of skulls were decalcified in fast bone demineralization solution (Allkimia Comércio de Materiais para Laboratórios Ltda., Campinas, SP, Brazil) for 48 h, washed for 1 h, dehydrated in ethanol (Vetec Química Fina Ltda., Duque de Caxias, RJ, Brazil), clarified in xylol (Vetec Química Fina Ltda.), impregnated and included in paraffin (Vetec Química Fina Ltda.). Five-micrometer-thick sections were stained by hematoxylin-eosin and examined by an experienced pathologist. Descriptive analysis, comparative of intra- and inter-group biological response, was based on the type and intensity of inflammatory alterations and repair processes (fibrosis, new blood vessels and osteogenesis). Photomicrographs were obtained with a digital camera (Cybershot DSC-W300; Sony, Manaus, AM, Brazil) connected to an optical microscope (FWL-1000; Feldman Wild Leitz, Manaus, AM, Brazil).

Histomorphometric and Statistical Analyses

Digital images of non-superimposed contiguous fields (6-8 per slide, ×170 magnification) covered the extension of rcCSD allowed the analysis using Image Pro-Plus 6.0 (Media Cybernetics, San Diego, CA, USA), calibrated in micrometers/pixel and with a 100 points grade (12). Determination of number of points upon connective tissue, blood tissue, new bone tissue, old bone tissue and graft biomaterial permitted the calculation of volume density of each parameter. Two independent and calibrated researchers evaluated the images (maximum media variation lower than 0.01%, paired t test (InStat 3.01; Graphpad Software Inc., San Diego, CA, USA). Mean volume density and standard deviation data were subjected to ANOVA and Tukey's test, considering significant differences if p<0.05.

 

RESULTS

Rat PDC on passage 2 cultivated in an osteogenic medium were capable of differentiating and producing mineralized nodules after 21 days (data not shown), confirmed by ALP assay and von Kossa staining, respectively. Ultrastructural analysis of PDC after 6 days culture over HA-COL showed cell attachment on apatite granules (Fig. 1). The rcCSD were filled with blood clot, autogenous bone, HA-COL and HA-COL plus PDC.

Radiographic Analysis

At 1 month, there was no bone formation at the center of the rcCSD. G1 and G2 had mild peripheral alteration suggesting bone growing toward the middle of the rcCSD, while G3 and G4 showed xenograft filling the rcCSD with lower level of gray than old bone.

At 3 months, G1 showed suggestive image of new bone from border to center of the lesion presenting sharp margins and levels of gray similar to old bone. G2 showed rcCSD almost full filled of irregular autograft fragments presenting levels of gray similar to old bone. In G3 and G4, the xenograft was in close contact to the bone margin of the rcCSD, but still with a low level of gray in comparison with old bone.

Histopathological Analysis

Histopathological analysis of the middle of the rcCSD at 1 month showed in G1 (Fig. 2A) presence of loose to dense connective tissue, surrounding islets of bone tissue originated by intramembranous ossification. In G2 (Fig. 2B), presence of distinct fragments of old bone, interposed by connective tissue, blood vessels and reversion lines indicating the beginning of new bone formation were observed. The findings in G3 (Fig. 2C) were presence of granules of HA in different sizes interposed by loose connective tissue with moderate presence of multinucleated foreign body giant cells (MGC), new blood vessels and areas of intramembranous ossification. In G4 (Fig. 2D), there was intense presence of cells around the HA, still surrounded by some MGC.

At 3 months, G1 (Fig. 2E) was filled with connective tissue and new amorphous bone in greater density. In G2 (Fig. 2F), fragments of fused autogenous bone inducing new and well-cellularized bone formation with blood vessels could be seen. In G3 (Fig. 2G), there was ossification around and directly in contact to HA in a moderate intensity (substitution of granule by bone) and homogenous way, though areas of dense connective tissue with some MGC were found. In G4 (Fig. 2H), there were HA granules interposed by dense connective tissue with focal or heterogeneous areas of ossification and some MGC, from mild to moderate intensity.

Histomorphometric Analysis

Histomorphometric analysis (Fig. 3A) showed that there was greater bone formation in G2 similar to G3 in comparison to G1 and G4, but similar levels in G4 and G1, after 3 months (Fig. 3B). No significant difference was found for connective tissue (Fig. 3C) and blood vessels density volume among groups at either of the evaluation times (Fig. 3D). The presence of biomaterial (G3 and G4) throughout the experimental period suggested absence of degradation (Fig. 3E).

 

DISCUSSION

Cell-based therapy of bone loss has been increasingly studied but gaps still remains. The results of this study showed that PDC used in combination with a xenograft composite (HA-COL) did not enhance bone repair of rcCSD.

Primary cultures have limitations because they can present a mixture of osteoblast cells in different stages of differentiation besides other lineages. On the other hand, well-differentiated cells are difficult to expand and they could lose their osteogenic potential. Mesenchymal stem cells can easily proliferate, but directing them to osteogenic differentiation still is a greater challenge. Co-culture of both cells have shown later mineralization (13). Bone marrow is an usual source of bone cells (14), but harvesting these cells are frequently related to pain and morbidity. Alternatively, periosteum has been reported as a reliable source of osteogenic cells (15,16) allowing bone reconstruction around dental implants (17).

The rcCSD is a good model to study bone therapies due to its morphological similarity to maxillofacial region, allowing radiographic and histological analyses. Also, the fact that no complete repair occurs during the animal life allows evaluating the biomaterial functionality (6).

Although digital radiography produces enhanced images than conventional processing (11), it was not possible to discriminate bone and biomaterial structures, due to the very similar intensity in their gray scale, impairing counting of the area of new bone in G3 and G4. On the other hand, histological analysis confirmed that the rcCSD did not regenerate during the experimental period observed as previously reported, presenting a fibrous tissue fulfilling the bone defect (6,11,18,19). In addition, the inflammatory reaction to HA enables the recruitment of MGC around the biomaterials particles and, on the other hand, the use of autograft induces the almost complete closing of bone defect (6,11,18,19).

The normal bone repair of rcCSD varies from 7.6% (18) in 8 weeks to 12% in 12 weeks (20). The use of biomaterials increases these values, from 15.8% (18) to 40% in 8 weeks and from 24% (20) to 53.54% (15) in 12 weeks. Cell therapy has shown positive results using PDC and carriers, producing 3 times more bone augmentation with poly (glycolic-co-lactic acid) (PLGA) (3) or 6 times with COL (5) compared to untreated groups. In comparison with the carrier alone, the combination reaches twice the efficacy with PGLA (3).

PDC have been shown to present osteogenic potential and adherence to COL carrier, but they did not show greater new bone formation rcCSD than the material alone (21). Cell behavior is influenced by topography of the material (22). HA with regular surfaces stimulate proliferation, protein synthesis, ALP activity and presence of mineralization nodules (23). However, long-term contact (6 months) between trabecular bone-derived cells and natural apatite (anorganic bovine bone) grafted in human maxilla inhibits osteoblast-like phenotype in vitro (24). Further longer pre-culture periods have a critical role in differentiation process for lead to a progressively diminishing of osteoinductivity (25). In this way, the worst performance of the xenograft with cells could be explained by (i) unfavorable adhesion and the challenge to differentiate PDC upon inappropriate material as cell carrier during the experimental period or (ii) inhibition of cellular proliferation and osteoinductive potential due to long pre-culture period in osteogenic media in vitro (6 days) before implantation into an orthotopic site (rcCSD) for in vivo study. New strategies must be developed to improve the synergistic success of cell therapy with PDC and the composite carrier.

Within the limitations of this study, it may be concluded that combination of PDC with xenograft based on HA-COL did not enhance osteogenesis in rcCSD, despite biomaterial biocompatibility and osteoconduction capacity. The biomaterial alone showed similar efficiency as that of autogenous bone and appears as a good choice for bone loss therapies.

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The authors acknowledge the Brazilian Funding Agencies that supported this research: CNPq (Grant number 552644/05-6), FAPERJ and FINEP. Thanks to Silvestre Labs by xenograft donation. We acknowledge the technicians Lidia Agata de Sena (INMETRO) and Adriana Brandao Ribeiro Linhares (UFF) for the SEM analysis, the professors Inaya Correa Barbosa Lima and Ricardo Tadeu Lopes (UFRJ) for radiographic analysis and the professors Mario Tanomaro Filho and Renato de Toledo Leonardo for the scientific collaboration.

 

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Correspondence:
Prof. Dr. José Mauro Granjeiro,
Instituto Nacional de Metrologia,
Normalização e Qualidade Industrial (INMETRO),
Avenida Nossa Senhora das Graças, 50,
prédio 6, 1º Andar, DIPRO / Programa de Bioengenharia,
Xerém 25250-020, Duque de Caxias, RJ, Brasil.
Tel: +55-21-2145-3320.
Fax: +55-21-2679-9837.
e-mail: jmgranjeiro@inmetro.gov.br

Received January 25, 2011
Accepted June 10, 2011