Inflammatory cytokine response to titanium chemical composition and nanoscale calcium phosphate surface modification
Nanoscale surface modification of titanium dental implants with calcium phosphate (CaP) has been shown to achieve superior bone wound healing and osseointegration compared with smooth or microrough titanium surfaces alone. As bone healing has been shown to be influenced by the action of cytokines, this study examined whether changes in cytokine gene expression from RAW 264.7 cells cultured on commercially pure and titanium alloy (Ti-6Al-4V) microrough or nanoscale crystalline CaP-modified surfaces, may influence downstream events in bone wound healing and osseointegration. Whilst no significant difference in the attachment or proliferation of RAW 264.7 cells was observed, the nanoscale CaP-modified surface elicited a gene expression profile with marked down-regulation of a number of pro-inflammatory cytokines and chemokines. Inflammatory cytokine gene expression was further influenced by chemical composition, with lower levels of pro-inflammatory markers noted following exposure of the macrophage-like cells to titanium alloy (Ti-6Al-4V) compared with the commercially pure titanium surface. Down-regulation of pro-inflammatory cytokine gene expression (confirmed at the protein level for TNFa and CCL5), may thus facilitate the enhanced bone wound healing and osseointegration observed clinically with nanoscale calcium phosphate-modified implant surfaces.
Dentistry not elsewhere classified