Papers by Author: Xin Huang

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Authors: Wei Qi Yan, Xin Huang, Xiao Chun Zhong, Shun Dong Miao, Wen Jian Weng, Kui Cheng
Authors: Zhi Jun Pan, Xin Huang, Di Sheng Yang, Hidero Unuma, Wei Qi Yan
Abstract: Hydroxyapatite (HA) coatings were introduced onto Poly L-lactic Acid (PLLA) polymer in a controlled manner by immobilized urease method with a shortened precipitation time. Osteoblastic-like cellular responses to the composite were examined in terms of cell proliferation, differentiation and cell morphology, as well as the expression of bone-associated genes. The cells exhibited higher cellular proliferation at 2 and 4 days on the HA/PLLA composite compared to PLLA scaffold, while no significant difference was observed later at 6 days. The alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity by cells at 7 days was statistically higher on HA/PLLA scaffold than on PLLA. Moreover, the gene expression of ALP and osteocalcin (OC) was up regulated on HA/PLLA composite by RT-PCR analysis. The preliminary study suggested that the use of the controlled modification of hydroxyapatite coating on PLLA scaffold to produce HA/PLLA composite might enhance cellular activity, indicating the potential use for bone substitute in tissue engineering.
Authors: Xin Huang, Wei Qi Yan, Di Sheng Yang, Jie Feng, Yan Bo Feng, Yan Bo Gao, Wen Jian Weng
Abstract: A novel composite of biodegradable Poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) with the deposition of the nanosized amorphous calcium phosphate (NCP) particles was developed as tissue engineering scaffold. To improve the minor intrinsic healing capacity of cartilage tissue, the porous composite with desired degradation rate was incorporated with basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) and evaluated in the in vivo environment. Full-thickness defects were created in the weight-bearing surface of the femoral condyles in a rabbit model. The defect was filled with and without NCP/PLLA scaffold as a carrier of bFGF. Gross morphology for the test implant showed that the defect was filled with regenerated tissue. It resembled cartilaginous tissue and restored the contour of the condyle at 8 weeks after operation. For the untreated control, no cartilage-like tissue was observed at all defects. Histological analysis revealed neochondrogenesis and clusters of cartilaginous extracellular matrix observed with safranin-O staining at 4 weeks for the NCP/PLLA with bFGF treated defects. At 8 weeks after operation, well-formed and mature cartilage was resurfaced the defects. While only fibrous tissue replacement was observed for the control either at 4 or 8 weeks. Special staining for cartilage indicated the presence of highly sulfated glycosaminoglycans and collagen, which were the major extracellular matrices of cartilage. This investigation showed the potential of NCP/PLLA loaded with bFGF in the study of in situ-transplantable carrier to improve healing of cartilage tissue lesion.
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