The effect of platelet-rich fibrin exudate addition to porous poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) scaffold in bone healing: An in vivo study

Lukasz Witek, Han Tian, Nick Tovar, Andrea Torroni, Rodrigo Neiva, Luiz F. Gil, Paulo G. Coelho

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Bone grafting procedures have been widely utilized as the current state-of-the-art for bone regeneration, with autogenous bone graft being the gold-standard bone reconstructive option. However, the use of autografts may be limited by secondary donor-site comorbidities, a finite amount of donor supply, increased operating time, and healthcare cost impact. Synthetic materials, or alloplasts, such as the polymeric material, poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) has previously been utilized as a transient scaffold to support healing of bone defects with the potential to locally delivery osteogenic additives. In this study a novel procedure was adopted to incorporate both the dissolved contents and mechanical components of leukocyte- and platelet-rich fibrin (L-PRF) into an PLGA scaffold through a two-step method: (a) extraction of the L-PRF membrane transudate with subsequent immersion of the PLGA scaffold in transudate followed by (b) delivering a fibrin gel as a low-viscosity component that subsequently polymerizes into a highly viscous, gel-like biological material within the pores of the PLGA scaffold. Two, ~0.40 cm3, submandibular defects (n = 24) were created per side using rotary instrumentation under continuous irrigation in six sheep. Each site received a PLGA scaffold (Intra-Lock R&D, Boca Raton, FL), with one positive control (without L-PRF exudate addition [nL-PRF]), and one experimental (augmented with PLGA/L-PRF Blocks [L-PRF]). Animals were euthanized 6 weeks postoperatively and mandibles retrieved, en bloc, for histological analysis. Histomorphometric evaluation for bone regeneration was evaluated as bone area fraction occupancy (BAFO) within the region of interest of the cortical bone (with specific image analysis software) and data presented as mean values with the corresponding 95% confidence interval values. Qualitative evaluation of nondecalcified histologic sections revealed extensive bone formation for both groups, with substantially more bone regeneration for the L-PRF induced group relative nL-PRF group. Quantitative BAFO within the defect as function of the effect of L-PRF exudate on bone regeneration, demonstrated significantly (p =.018) higher values for the L-PRF group (38.26% ± 8.5%) relative to the nL-PRF group (~28% ± 4.0%). This in vivo study indicated that L-PRF exudate has an impact on the regeneration of bone when incorporated with the PLGA scaffold in a large translational model. Further studies are warranted in order to evaluate the L-PRF exudate added, as well as exploring the preparation methods, in order to facilitate bone regeneration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1304-1310
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Biomedical Materials Research - Part B Applied Biomaterials
Issue number4
StatePublished - May 1 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomaterials
  • Biomedical Engineering


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