Development of Bone-Like Composite Material and its Properties
Many kinds of materials are currently used as artificial bone substitutes. Hydroxyapatite (HA), the same as the main inorganic component of bone, is one of commonly used bio-ceramics and has excellent bioactivity and biocompatibility with hard tissues. However, it has problems as the bone filler or bone tissue-engineering scaffold due to low fracture toughness and low degradation rate. Recently, biodegradable materials for bone tissue have been developed to respond the requirement. Collagen, the same as the main organic component of bone, is biocompatible, biodegradable and promotes cell adhesion. A composites associated with HA is expected to have early osteoconduction and bone replacement ability. The present study was to fabricate bone-like composites consist of HA and collagen. Besides the ossiferous ability of the material in vivo is evaluated by using rabbits. Bone-like composites were successfully fabricated in this study, associating the collagen with HA. And the composites presented good osteoconductive and bone replacement potential.
Yu Zhou, Shan-Tung Tu and Xishan Xie
N. Hisamori and Y. Hagihara, "Development of Bone-Like Composite Material and its Properties", Key Engineering Materials, Vols. 353-358, pp. 2219-2222, 2007