Strontium-Substituted Nanohydroxyapatite-Incorporated Poly(lactic acid) Composites for Orthopedic Applications: Bioactive, Machinable, and High-Strength Properties

Shazia Shaikh, Hossein Baniasadi, Shreya Mehrotra, Rupita Ghosh, Prerna Singh, Jukka V. Seppälä*, Ashok Kumar*

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Traditional metal-alloy bone fixation devices provide structural support for bone repair but have limitations in actively promoting bone healing and often require additional surgeries for implant removal. In this study, we focused on addressing these challenges by fabricating biodegradable composites using poly(lactic acid) (PLA) and strontium-substituted nanohydroxyapatite (SrHAP) via melt compounding and injection molding. Various percentages of SrHAP (5, 10, 20, and 30% w/w) were incorporated into the PLA matrix. We systematically investigated the structural, morphological, thermal, mechanical, rheological, and dynamic mechanical properties of the prepared composites. Notably, the tensile modulus, a critical parameter for orthopedic implants, significantly improved from 2.77 GPa in pristine PLA to 3.73 GPa in the composite containing 10% w/w SrHAP. The incorporation of SrHAP (10% w/w) into the PLA matrix led to an increased storage modulus, indicating a uniform dispersion of SrHAP within the PLA and good compatibility between the polymer and nanoparticles. Moreover, we successfully fabricated screws using PLA composites with 10% (w/w) SrHAP, demonstrating their formability at room temperature and radiopacity when observed under X-ray microtomography (micro-CT). Furthermore, the water contact angle decreased from 93 ± 2° for pristine PLA to 75 ± 3° for the composite containing SrHAP, indicating better surface wettability. To assess the biological behavior of the composites, we conducted in vitro cell-material tests, which confirmed their osteoconductive and osteoinductive properties. These findings highlight the potential of our developed PLA/SrHAP10 (10% w/w) composites as machinable implant materials for orthopedic applications. In conclusion, our study presents the fabrication and comprehensive characterization of biodegradable composites comprising PLA and strontium-substituted nanohydroxyapatite (SrHAP). These composites exhibit improved mechanical properties, formability, and radiopacity while also demonstrating desirable biological behavior. Our results suggest that these PLA/SrHAP10 composites hold promise as machinable implant materials for orthopedic applications.
Varhainen verkossa julkaisun päivämäärä24 lokak. 2023
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