Biomimetic Engineering of Nanofibrous Gelatin Scaffolds with Noncollagenous Proteins for Enhanced Bone Regeneration
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Biomimetic approaches are widely used in scaffolding designs to enhance tissue regeneration. In this study, we integrated noncollagenous proteins (NCPs) from bone extracellular matrix (ECM) with three-dimensional nanofibrous gelatin (NF-Gelatin) scaffolds to form an artificial matrix (NF-Gelatin-NCPs) mimicking both the nano-structured architecture and chemical composition of natural bone ECM. Through a chemical coupling process, the NCPs were evenly distributed over all the surfaces (inner and outer) of the NF-gelatin-NCPs. The in vitro study showed that the number of osteoblasts (MC3T3-E1) on the NF-Gelatin-NCPs was significantly higher than that on the NF-Gelatin after being cultured for 14 days. Both the alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity and the expression of osteogenic genes (OPN, BSP, DMP1, CON, and Runx2) were significantly higher in the NF-Gelatin-NCPs than in the NF-Gelatin at 3 weeks. Von Kossa staining, backscattered scanning electron microscopy, and microcomputed tomography all revealed a higher amount of mineral deposition in the NF-Gelatin-NCPs than in the NF-Gelatin after in vitro culturing for 3 weeks. The in vivo calvarial defect study indicated that the NF-Gelatin-NCPs recruited more host cells to the defect and regenerated a higher amount of bone than the controls after implantation for 6 weeks. Immunohistochemical staining also showed high-level mineralization of the bone matrix in the NF-Gelatin-NCPs. Taken together, both the in vitro and in vivo results confirmed that the incorporation of NCPs onto the surfaces of the NF-Gelatin scaffold significantly enhanced osteogenesis and mineralization. Biomimetic engineering of the surfaces of the NF-Gelatin scaffold with NCPs, therefore, is a promising strategy to enhance bone regeneration.
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Sun, Y., Jiang, Y., Liu, Q., Gao, T., Feng, J. Q., Dechow, P., ... Liu, X.