The potential role of human osteoblasts for periprosthetic osteolysis following exposure to wear particles

  • Authors: Katrin Lochner, Andreas Fritsche, Anika Jonitz, Doris Hansmann, Petra Mueller, Brigitte Mueller-Hilke, Rainer Bader
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  • Published online on: Wednesday, August 17, 2011
  • Pages: 1055-1063
  • DOI: 10.3892/ijmm.2011.778


Aseptic loosening in total hip replacement is mainly caused by wear particles inducing inflammation and osteolysis. Wear can be a consequence of micromotions at the interface between implant and bone cement. Due to complex cellular interactions, different mediators (e.g. cytokines, proteinases) are released, which can promote osteolytic processes in the periprosthetic tissue followed by loosening of the implant. Furthermore, a reduced matrix synthesis and an induced apoptosis rate can be observed. The purpose of this study was to evaluate to what extent human primary osteoblasts exposed to wear particles are involved in the osteolysis. The viability, the secretion of collagen and collagenases and the variety of released cytokines after particle exposure was examined. Therefore, human osteoblasts were incubated with particles experimentally generated in the interface between hip stems with rough and smooth surface finishings as well as different material compositions (Ti-6Al-7Nb, Co-28Cr-6Mo and 316L) and bone cement mantle made of Palacos R containing zirconium oxide particles. Commercially pure titanium particles, titanium oxide, polymethylmethacrylate and particulate zirconium oxide were used as references. The results revealed distinct effects on the cytokine release of human osteoblasts towards particulate debris. Thereby, human osteoblasts released increased levels of interleukine (IL)-6 and IL-8 after treatment with metallic wear particles. The expression of VEGF was slightly induced by all particle entities at lower concentrations. Apoptotic rates were enhanced for osteoblasts exposed to all the tested particles. Furthermore, the de novo synthesis of type 1 collagen was reduced and the expression of the matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-1 was considerably increased. However, wear particles of Co-28Cr-6Mo stems seemed to be more aggressive, whereas particles derived from stainless steel stems caused less adverse cellular reaction. Among the reference particles, which caused less altered reactions in the metabolism of osteoblasts in general, ZrO2 can be assumed as the material with the smallest cell biological effects.
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December 2011
Volume 28 Issue 6

Print ISSN: 1107-3756
Online ISSN:1791-244X

2013 Impact Factor: 1.88
Ranked #27/122 Medicine Research and Experimental
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