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A novel, tissue occlusive poly(ethylene glycol) hydrogel material


Wechsler, S; Fehr, D; Molenberg, A; Raeber, G; Schense, J C; Weber, F E (2008). A novel, tissue occlusive poly(ethylene glycol) hydrogel material. Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part A, 85A(2):285-292.

Abstract

The use of guided bone regeneration (GBR) techniques requires new materials meeting the needs of clinical application. Design criteria for GBR devices are biocompatibility, tissue occlusion, space provision, and clinical manageability. This study evaluates a novel biodegradable poly (ethylene glycol) (PEG) based material as tissue occlusive membrane. A subcutaneous implant model in rats was developed to test the barrier function of the PEG hydrogels over time. Fourteen rats received three membrane implants and two positive controls each. Explants were collected over a period of 7 months. Histological analysis revealed that for at least 4 months cellular infiltration in the membrane explants was lower than 1% of that of the positive controls. Therefore, the PEG based hydrogel can be regarded as tissue occlusive during this period of time. A barrier function seems to be maintained for up to 6 months. In vitro degradation studies performed with the same PEG constructs confirm the in vivo result. In conclusion, our results indicate that this novel PEG-based material has potential for use as a GBR barrier membrane.

The use of guided bone regeneration (GBR) techniques requires new materials meeting the needs of clinical application. Design criteria for GBR devices are biocompatibility, tissue occlusion, space provision, and clinical manageability. This study evaluates a novel biodegradable poly (ethylene glycol) (PEG) based material as tissue occlusive membrane. A subcutaneous implant model in rats was developed to test the barrier function of the PEG hydrogels over time. Fourteen rats received three membrane implants and two positive controls each. Explants were collected over a period of 7 months. Histological analysis revealed that for at least 4 months cellular infiltration in the membrane explants was lower than 1% of that of the positive controls. Therefore, the PEG based hydrogel can be regarded as tissue occlusive during this period of time. A barrier function seems to be maintained for up to 6 months. In vitro degradation studies performed with the same PEG constructs confirm the in vivo result. In conclusion, our results indicate that this novel PEG-based material has potential for use as a GBR barrier membrane.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Center for Dental Medicine > Clinic for Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery
04 Faculty of Medicine > Center for Medical Research
04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Division of Surgical Research
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2008
Deposited On:23 Oct 2008 13:23
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:29
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN:1549-3296
Additional Information:The attached file is a preprint (accepted version) of an article published in Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A, 85A(2):285-292.
Publisher DOI:10.1002/jbm.a.31477
PubMed ID:17688293
Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-4182

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