The effects of decellularisation on the mechanical properties of bone, and subsequent recellularisation of the samples.

Mohd Riduan Bin Mohamad, M and Riches, Philip and Grant, M. Helen (2015) The effects of decellularisation on the mechanical properties of bone, and subsequent recellularisation of the samples. In: American Society for Bone & Mineral Research (ASBMR), 2015-10-09 - 2015-10-12.

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Regenerative medicine strategies involving decellularised extracellular matrix scaffolds are developing fast and, in particular, decellularized bone has been proposed for bone tissue engineering. This study aimed to establish decellularisation and recellularisation protocols and to measure the Young’s modulus and pore size of the decellularised trabecular bone samples. Twelve bovine cancellous proximal femur samples (7mm x 7mm x 2mm) were decellularised by six cycles of overnight incubation at 37°C using two protocols: A – 10mM Tris, 1mM EDTA, 0.1% v/v Triton X-100 and B – method A plus 0.5% w/v trypsin. Decellularisation was confirmed by the absence of DNA staining with DAPI both by detecting any DNA remaining on the bone matrix spectrofluorometrically, and by microscopic examination. Young's modulus was determined before and after incubation through compression testing at 1 mm/s up to 400N (8.16MPa). The porosity of the bone samples before and after decellularisation was measured using a mercury porosimeter. Recellularisation using HOS cells (seeded at 5x105 cells per cm2bone) progressed for up to 3 weeks in DMEM supplemented with L-ascorbic acid, β-glycerophosphate, dexamethasone, FCS, PEST, and NEAA. Bone samples were placed onto non-adherent dishes and adherent dishes. The extent of recellularisation was compared in static and dynamic culture conditions using a roller incubator set at 15 rpm to effect dynamic conditions. DAPI staining revealed that protocol B removed all measurable DNA from the bone samples (Figure 1). Decellularisation did not affect Young’s modulus (Figure 2). Pore diameters did not differ with decellularisation and were in the ideal range for cell growth. Mean ALP activity (Figure 3A) and MTT reduction (Figure 3C) was greater on the adherent surface than on non-adherent surface albeit non-significantly. There was no significant difference between static and dynamic conditions in ALP activities between 3 and 7 days (Figure 3B). Data suggests that cells proliferated more readily when samples were placed in adherent dishes (Figure 3D). This work has established appropriate protocols to make donor bone scaffolds with appropriate porosity to allow reseeding with human bone cells.These could be used to repair bone defects in recipient patients.