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Ion-doping as a strategy to modulate hydroxyapatite nanoparticle internalization

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Abstract

Although it is widely acknowledged that ionic substitutions on bulk hydroxyapatite substrates have a strong impact on their biological performance, little is known of their effect on nanoparticles (NPs) especially when used for gene transfection or drug delivery. The fact that NPs would be internalized poses many questions but also opens up many new possibilities. The objective of the present work is to synthesize and assess the effect of a series of hydroxyapatite-like (HA) NPs doped with various ions on cell behavior, i.e. carbonate, magnesium and co-addition. We synthesized NPs under similar conditions to allow comparison of results and different aspects in addition to assessing the effect of the doping ion(s) were investigated: (1) the effect of performing the cell culture study on citrate-dispersed NPs and on agglomerated NPs, (2) the effect of adding/excluding 10% of foetal bovine serum (FBS) in the cell culture media and (3) the type of cell, i.e. MG-63 versus rat mesenchymal stem cells (rMSCs). The results clearly demonstrated that Mg-doping had a major effect on MG-63 cells with high cytotoxicity but not to rMSCs. This was a very important finding because it proved that doping could be a tool to modify NP internalization. The results also suggest that NP surface charge had a large impact on MG-63 cells and prevents their internalization if it is too negative—this effect was less critical for rMSCs.

Graphical abstract: Ion-doping as a strategy to modulate hydroxyapatite nanoparticle internalization

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The article was received on 04 Aug 2015, accepted on 14 Dec 2015 and first published on 22 Dec 2015


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C5NR05262A
Nanoscale, 2016,8, 1595-1607

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    Ion-doping as a strategy to modulate hydroxyapatite nanoparticle internalization

    Z. Zhao, M. Espanol, J. Guillem-Marti, D. Kempf, A. Diez-Escudero and M.-P. Ginebra, Nanoscale, 2016, 8, 1595
    DOI: 10.1039/C5NR05262A

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