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Keywords:

  • basic fibroblast growth factors;
  • biomaterials;
  • molecular recognition;
  • osteoblasts;
  • tissue engineering

Abstract

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Therapeutic strategies for bone regeneration involve the selection of suitable biomaterials, growth factors, and cell types to mimic the cellular microenvironment where molecular and mechanical signals control the reconstruction of bone tissue. The immobilization of basic fibroblast growth factor (FGF-2) on powdered silicon-substituted hydroxyapatite (Si-HA) allows to prepare a biofunctional biomaterial able to interact with bone cells in a very specific way. The biological activity of FGF-2/Si-HA, evaluated in Saos-2 osteoblasts and MC3T3-E1 preosteoblasts through the PLCγ and MAPK/ERK signal transduction pathways, shows that FGF-2 immobilized on Si-HA provides the right signals to cells stimulating crucial intracellular mechanisms of osteoblast proliferation and differentiation.