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TitleBiomaterials and bioactive agents in spinal fusion
Author(s)Duarte, Rui M.
Varanda, Pedro
Reis, R. L.
Duarte, Ana Rita C.
Pinto, Jorge Correia
KeywordsSpinal fusion
Adult stem cells
Growth factors
Polymeric scaffolds
Issue dateMay-2017
PublisherMary Ann Liebert
JournalTissue Engineering. Part B: Reviews
CitationDuarte R. M., Varanda P., Reis R. L., Duarte A. R. C., Correia Pinto J. Biomaterials and Bioactive Agents in Spinal Fusion, Tissue Engineering Part B: Reviews, doi:10.1089/ten.TEB.2017.0072, 2017
Abstract(s)Management of degenerative spine pathologies frequently leads to the need for spinal fusion (SF), where bone growth is induced toward stabilization of the interventioned spine. Autologous bone graft (ABG) remains the gold-standard inducer, whereas new bone graft substitutes attempt to achieve effective de novo bone formation and solid fusion. Limited fusion outcomes have driven motivation for more sophisticated and multidisciplinary solutions, involving new biomaterials and/or biologics, through innovative delivery platforms. The present review will analyze the most recent body of literature that is focused on new approaches for consistent bone fusion of spinal vertebrae, including the development of new biomaterials that pursue physical and chemical aptitudes; the delivery of growth factors (GF) to accelerate new bone formation; and the use of cells to improve functional bone development. Bone graft substitutes currently in clinical practice, such as demineralized bone matrix and ceramics, are still used as a starting point for the study of new bioactive agents. Polyesters such as polycaprolactone and polylactic acid arise as platforms for the development of composites, where a mineral element and cell/GF constitute the delivery system. Exciting fusion outcomes were obtained in several small and large animal models with these. On what regards bioactive agents, mesenchymal stem cells, preferentially derived from the bone marrow or adipose tissue, were studied in this context. Autologous and allogeneic approaches, as well as osteogenically differentiated cells, have been tested. These cell sources have further been genetically engineered for specific GF expression. Nevertheless, results on fusion efficacy with cells have been inconsistent. On the other hand, the delivery of GF (most commonly bone morphogenetic protein-2 [BMP-2]) has provided favorable outcomes. Complications related to burst release and dosing are still the target of research through the development of controlled release systems or alternative GF such as Nel-like molecule-1 (NELL-1), Oxysterols, or COMP-Ang1. Promising solutions with new biomaterial and GF compositions are becoming closer to the human patient, as these evidence high-fusion performance, while offering cost and safety advantages. The use of cells has not yet proved solid benefits, whereas a further understanding of cell behavior remains a challenge.
TypeArticle
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/1822/47007
DOI10.1089/ten.teb.2017.0072
ISSN2152-4947
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