Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine

, Volume 24, Issue 2, pp 417-436

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Fluoride and calcium-phosphate coated sponges of the magnesium alloy AX30 as bone grafts: a comparative study in rabbits

  • Mareike LalkAffiliated withSmall Animal Clinic, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover Email author 
  • , Janin ReifenrathAffiliated withSmall Animal Clinic, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover
  • , Nina AngrisaniAffiliated withSmall Animal Clinic, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover
  • , Alexandr BondarenkoAffiliated withDepartment of Pathology, Dnipropetrovs’k State Medical Academy
  • , Jan-Marten SeitzAffiliated withInstitute of Materials Science, Leibniz Universität Hannover
  • , Peter P. MuellerAffiliated withDepartment of Gene Regulation and Differentiation, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research
  • , Andrea Meyer-LindenbergAffiliated withClinic for Small Animal Surgery and Reproduction, Centre of Clinical Veterinary Medicine, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ludwig Maximilian University Munich

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Biocompatibility and degradation of magnesium sponges (alloy AX30) with a fluoride (MgF2 sponge, n = 24, porosity 63 ± 6 %, pore size 394 ± 26 μm) and with a fluoride and additional calcium-phosphate coating (CaP sponge, n = 24, porosity 6 ± 4 %, pore size 109 ± 37 μm) were evaluated over 6, 12 and 24 weeks in rabbit femurs. Empty drill holes (n = 12) served as controls. Clinical and radiological examinations, in vivo and ex vivo μ-computed tomographies and histological examinations were performed. Clinically both sponge types were tolerated well. Radiographs and XtremeCT evaluations showed bone changes comparable to controls and mild gas formation. The μCT80 depicted a higher and more inhomogeneous degradation of the CaP sponges. Histomorphometrically, the MgF2 sponges resulted in the highest bone and osteoid fractions and were integrated superiorly into the bone. Histologically, the CaP sponges showed more inflammation and lower vascularization. MgF2 sponges turned out to be better biocompatible and promising, biodegradable bone replacements.