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Development, characterization and biological effects of a titanium surface covered with growth factor

Grant number: 18/05258-0
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): September 01, 2018
Effective date (End): April 30, 2019
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Dentistry
Principal Investigator:Carlos Alberto de Souza Costa
Grantee:Taisa Nogueira Pansani
Supervisor abroad: Wojciech Chrzanowski
Home Institution: Faculdade de Odontologia (FOAr). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Araraquara. Araraquara , SP, Brazil
Local de pesquisa : University of Sydney, Australia  
Associated to the scholarship:15/19364-8 - Effect of low level laser therapy and epidermal growth factor on in vitro biological sealing induction, BP.DR


The attachment of the oral mucosa to the surface of abutments of dental implants prevents undesired apical migration of the junctional epithelium and reabsorption of the bone crest. The surface modification of implants and their prosthetic components (abutments) can favor cell adhesion improving the aesthetic and functional conditions of the prosthetic rehabilitation. The objective of this study will be the development, characterization and determination of the biological effects of a bioactive titanium surface impregnated with epidermal growth factor. Titanium discs (Ti) of 8-mm diameter will be subjected to a topography modification by chemical and thermal treatment and then covered with epidermal growth factor (EGF - 100 nM). Physical characterization will be determined by Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and Raman Spectroscopy (Raman). To assess biological effects of this modification, a primary cultures of gingival fibroblasts and oral keratinocytes will be established and the cells will seeded on Ti discs in complete culture medium (DMEM), supplemented with 10% of fetal bovine serum (FBS) and antibiotic/antimycotic solution. After 24h-incubation, cell viability (alamarBlue assay) and cell adhesion (Confocal Microscopy) will be evaluated. To analyze the bacterial adhesion potential, a biofilm will be created with Porphyromonas gingivalis (ATCC 33277) onto the titanium discs and then subjected to viability test (XTT) and Confocal Microscopy (Live and Dead). For quantitative analysis, a significance level of 5% will be assigned.