Synthesis of Zinc-Containing Amorphous Calcium Phosphate
Zinc is an essential trace element in body and has an important role of bone formation. Osteoporosis occurs by imbalance of osteoclasts and osteoblasts activity. The osteoclasts activity lowers the pH of peripheral body environment. Therapeutic agents release material in response to the osteoclasts activity is expected to be a controlled released material. In this study, Zn-containing amorphous calcium phosphate (ACP) powder was synthesized by wet synthesis. Zn content of obtained powders was higher than that of beginning content. ACP powders could be easy to take Zn at wet synthesis. After soaking in phosphate buffered saline for 24 hours, all of synthetic powders were transformed into low crystalline apatite. On the other hand, after soaking in acetic acid buffer for 24 hours, all these powders dissolved. Zn-containing ACP powders are expected to be a Zn controlled released material.
Kunio Ishikawa and Yukihide Iwamoto
T. Uchino and K. Toda, "Synthesis of Zinc-Containing Amorphous Calcium Phosphate", Key Engineering Materials, Vols. 529-530, pp. 119-122, 2013