Novel bioactive tetracycline-containing electrospun polymer fibers as a potential antibacterial dental implant coating


The purpose of this investigation was to determine the ability of tetracycline-containing fibers to inhibit biofilm formation of peri-implantitis-associated pathogens [i.e., Porphyromonas gingivalis (Pg), Fusobacterium nucleatum (Fn), Prevotella intermedia (Pi), and Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans (Aa)]. Tetracycline hydrochloride (TCH) was added to a poly(DL-lactide) [PLA], poly(ε-caprolactone) [PCL], and gelatin [GEL] polymer blend solution at distinct concentrations to obtain the following fibers: PLA:PCL/GEL (TCH-free, control), PLA:PCL/GEL + 5 % TCH, PLA:PCL/GEL + 10 % TCH, and PLA:PCL/GEL + 25 % TCH. The inhibitory effect of TCH-containing fibers on biofilm formation was assessed by colony-forming units (CFU/mL). Qualitative analysis of biofilm inhibition was done via scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Statistical significance was reported at p < 0.05. Complete inhibition of biofilm formation on the fibers was observed in groups containing TCH at 10 and 25 wt%. Fibers containing TCH at 5 wt% demonstrated complete inhibition of Aa biofilm. Even though a marked reduction in CFU/mL was observed with an increase in TCH concentration, Pi proved to be the most resilient microorganism. SEM images revealed the absence of or a notable decrease in bacterial biofilm on the TCH-containing nanofibers. Collectively, our data suggest that tetracycline-containing fibers hold great potential as an antibacterial dental implant coating.

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This study was performed as part of the requirements for the MSD in Periodontics at IU School of Dentistry (IUSD). This work was partially supported by a grant from Delta Dental Foundation to Dr. Rana G. Shahi. M.C.B. acknowledges funding support from IUSD and the NIH-NIDCR (Grant # DE023552). The authors thank Mr. George Eckert, Indiana University School of Medicine, for his statistical analyses.

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Shahi, R.G., Albuquerque, M.T.P., Münchow, E.A. et al. Novel bioactive tetracycline-containing electrospun polymer fibers as a potential antibacterial dental implant coating. Odontology 105, 354–363 (2017).

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  • Tetracycline
  • Nanofibers
  • Implant
  • Coating
  • Peri-implantitis