1. The Education Ministry Key Lab of Resource Chemistry and Shanghai Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Functional Materials, Shanghai Normal University, Shanghai 200234, China.
2. Shanghai Key Laboratory of Orthopedic Implants, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Shanghai Ninth People's Hospital, Shanghai JiaoTong University School of Medicine, Shanghai 200011, China.
*These authors contributed equally to this work.
Rationale: Osteoporotic patients suffer symptoms of excessive osteoclastogenesis and impaired osteogenesis, resulting in a great challenge to treat osteoporosis-related bone defects. Based on the positive effect of rare earth elements on bone metabolism and bone regeneration, we try to prove the hypothesis that the La3+ dopants in lanthanum-substituted MgAl layered double hydroxide (La-LDH) nanohybrid scaffolds simultaneously activate osteogenesis and inhibit osteoclastogenesis.
Methods: A freeze-drying technology was employed to construct La-LDH nanohybrid scaffolds. The in vitro osteogenic and anti-osteoclastogenic activities of La-LDH nanohybrid scaffolds were evaluated by using ovariectomized rat bone marrow stromal cells (rBMSCs-OVX) and bone marrow-derived macrophages (BMMs) as cell models. The in vivo bone regeneration ability of the scaffolds was investigated by using critical-size calvarial bone defect model of OVX rats.
Results: La-LDH nanohybrid scaffolds exhibited three-dimensional macroporous structure, and La-LDH nanoplates arranged perpendicularly on chitosan organic matrix. The La3+ dopants in the scaffolds promote proliferation and osteogenic differentiation of rBMSCs-OVX by activating Wnt/β-catenin pathway, leading to high expression of ALP, Runx-2, COL-1 and OCN genes. Moreover, La-LDH scaffolds significantly suppressed RANKL-induced osteoclastogenesis by inhibiting NF-κB signaling pathway. As compared with the scaffolds without La3+ dopants, La-LDH scaffolds provided more favourable microenvironment to induce new bone in-growth along macroporous channels.
Conclusion: La-LDH nanohybrid scaffolds possessed the bi-directional regulation functions on osteogenesis and osteoclastogenesis for osteoporotic bone regeneration. The modification of La3+ dopants in bone scaffolds provides a novel strategy for osteoporosis-related bone defect healing.
Keywords: lanthanum, bone regeneration, osteoclastogenesis, osteogenesis, osteoporosis