Enhanced anchorage of tissue-engineered cartilage using an osteoinductive approach

Rupak Dua, Florida International University


Articular cartilage injuries occur frequently in the knee joint. Several methods have been implemented clinically, to treat osteochondral defects but none have been able to produce a long term, durable solution. Photopolymerizable cartilage tissue engineering approaches appear promising; however, fundamentally, forming a stable interface between the tissue engineered cartilage and native tissue, mainly subchondral bone and native cartilage, remains a major challenge. The overall objective of this research is to find a solution for the current problem of dislodgment of tissue engineered cartilage at the defect site for the treatment of degraded cartilage that has been caused due to knee injuries or because of mild to moderate level of osteoarthritis. For this, an in-vitro model was created to analyze the integration of tissue engineered cartilage with the bone, healthy and diseased cartilage over time. We investigated the utility of hydroxyapatite (HA) nanoparticles to promote controlled bone-growth across the bone-cartilage interface in an in vitro engineered tissue model system using bone marrow derived stem cells. We also investigated the application of HA nanoparticles to promote enhance integration between tissue engineered cartilage and native cartilage both in healthy and diseased states. Samples incorporated with HA demonstrated significantly higher interfacial shear strength (at the junction between engineered cartilage and engineered bone and also with diseased cartilage) compared to the constructs without HA (p < 0.05), after 28 days of culture. These findings indicate that the incorporation of HA nanoparticles permits more stable anchorage of the injectable hydrogel-based engineered cartilage construct via augmented integration between bone and cartilage.

Subject Area

Biomedical engineering

Recommended Citation

Dua, Rupak, "Enhanced anchorage of tissue-engineered cartilage using an osteoinductive approach" (2014). ProQuest ETD Collection for FIU. AAI3644761.