In Vivo Biological Responses to Silk Proteins Functionalized with Bone Sialoprotein

last updated: 2013-05-07
TitleIn Vivo Biological Responses to Silk Proteins Functionalized with Bone Sialoprotein
Publication TypePapers in Scientific Journals
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsGomes S., Gallego-Llamas J., Leonor I. B., Mano J. F., Reis R. L., and Kaplan D. L.

Recombinant 6mer+BSP protein, combining six repeats of the consensus sequence for Nephila clavipes dragline (6mer) and bone sialoprotein sequence (BSP), shows good support for cell viability and induces the nucleation of hydroxyapatite and tricalcium phosphate during osteoblast in vitro culture. The present study is conducted to characterize this bioengineered protein-based biomaterial further for in vivo behavior related to biocompatibility. 6mer+BSP protein films are implanted in subcutaneous pouches in the back of mice and responses are evaluated by flow cytometry and histology. The results show no major differences between the inflammatory responses induced by 6mer+BSP films and the responses observed for the controls. Thus, this new chimeric protein could represent an alternative for bone regeneration applications. The in vivo response to a new chimeric protein, 6mer+BSP, is evaluated, since implantation initiates a wound-healing process through an inflammation response. This bioengineered silk-bone silaoprotein is implanted subcutaneously to the 6mer+BSP films and the inflammatory response is compared with the reactions against control films, genetically engineered spider-like silk alone, and PLGA control films, as well as empty implant sites. © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

JournalMacromolecular Bioscience Volume 13, Issue 4, pages 444–454, April 2013
Date Published2013-04-01
PublisherWILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co.
Keywordsbiocompatibility, Chimeric protein, inflammation tests, Spider silk, Tissue engineering
Peer reviewedyes

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