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In vitro biocompatibility of a ferrimagnetic glass-ceramic for hyperthermia application

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Oana Bretcanu



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Ferrimagnetic glass-ceramics containing magnetite crystals were developed for hyperthermia applications of solid neoplastic tissue. The present work is focused on in vitro evaluation of the biocompatibility of these materials, before and after soaking in a simulated body fluid (SBF). X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, atomic absorption spectrophotometry, X-ray photoelectron spectrometry and pH measurements were employed in glass-ceramic characterisation. The free-radical mediated reactivity of the glass-ceramic was evaluated by Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) spin trapping. Cell adhesion and proliferation tests were carried out by using 3T3 murine fibroblasts. Cytotoxicity was performed by qualitative evaluation of human bone osteosarcoma cells U2OS cell line. The results show that almost two times more 3T3 cells proliferated on the samples pre-treated in SBF, compared with the untreated specimens. Moreover a decrease of confluence was observed at 48 and 72 h for U2OS cells exposed to the untreated glass-ceramic, while the powder suspensions of glass-ceramic pre-treated in SBF did not influence the cell morphology up to 72 h of exposition. The untreated glass-ceramic exhibited Fenton-like reactivity, as well as reactivity towards formate molecule. After pre-treatment with SBF the reactivity towards formate was completely suppressed. The concentration of iron released into the SBF solution was below 0.1 ppm at 37 °C, during one month of soaking. The different in vitro behaviour of the samples before and after SBF treatment has been correlated to the bioactive glass-ceramic surface modifications as detected by morphological, structural and compositional analyses.

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Author(s): Bretcanu O, Miola M, Bianchi CL, Marangi I, Carbone R, Corazzari I, Cannas M, Verné E

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Materials Science & Engineering: C

Year: 2017

Volume: 73

Pages: 778-787

Print publication date: 01/04/2017

Online publication date: 23/12/2016

Acceptance date: 20/12/2016

Date deposited: 13/01/2017

ISSN (electronic): 1873-0191

Publisher: Elsevier


DOI: 10.1016/j.msec.2016.12.105


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