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Bioactive Glasses Enriched With Strontium or Zinc with Different Degrees of Structural Order As Components of Chitosan-Based Composite Scaffolds for Bone Tissue Engineering

The development of innovative biomaterials with improved integration with bone tissue and stimulating regeneration processes is necessary. Here, we evaluate the usefulness of bioactive glasses from the SiO2-P2O5-CaO system enriched with 2%wt. SrO or ZnO in the manufacturing of chitosan-based scaffolds. Bioglasses produced using the sol–gel method were subjected to thermal treatment in different regimes. Chitosan/bioglass composites were produced with a weight ratio. Bioglasses were evaluated via TG-DTA, FTIR, and SEM-EDS before and after incubation in simulated body fluid (SBF). The release of ions was tested. The cytocompatibility of the composites in contact with MG63 osteoblast-like cells was evaluated. The results showed that the presence of the crystalline phase decreased from 41.2-44.8% for nonmodified bioglasses to 24.2-24.3% for those modified with ZnO and 22.0-24.2% for those modified with SrO. The samples released Ca2+, Zn2+, and/or Sr2+ ions and were bioactive according to the SBF test. The highest cytocompatibility was observed for the composites containing nonmodified bioglasses, followed by those enriched with SrO bioglasses. The least cytocompatible were the composites containing ZnO bioglasses that released the highest amount of Zn2+ ions (0.58 ± 0.07 ml/g); however, those that released 0.38 ± 0.04 ml/g were characterised by acceptable cytocompatibility. The study confirmed that it is feasible to control the biological performance of chitosan/bioglass composites by adjusting the composition and heat treatment parameters of bioglasses.

Publication date: 04/10/2023

Author: Lidia Cio?ek

Reference: doi: 10.3390/polym15193994

MDPI (polymers)


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 870292.