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Materials 2013, 6(12), 5857-5869; doi:10.3390/ma6125857

Cytocompatibility of Siloxane-Containing Vaterite/Poly(l-lactic acid) Composite Coatings on Metallic Magnesium

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Received: 25 October 2013 / Revised: 27 November 2013 / Accepted: 10 December 2013 / Published: 12 December 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Ceramics for Healthcare 2013)
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Poly(l-lactic acid)-based films which include 60 wt % of vaterite (V) or siloxane-containing vaterite (SiV) were coated on a pure magnesium substrate, denoted by PLLA/V or PLLA/SiV, respectively, to suppress early corrosion and improve its cytocompatibility. Both coating films adhered to the Mg substrate with 2.3–2.8 MPa of tensile bonding strength. Soaking test for 7 days in α-modified minimum essential medium revealed that the morphological instability of the PLLA/V film caused a higher amount of Mg2+ ion to be released from the coating sample. On the other hand, in the case of the coating with the PLLA/SiV film, no morphological change even after the soaking test was observed, owing to the suppression of the degradation rate. In cell culture tests, the proliferation of mouse osteoblast-like cell (MC3T3-E1) was significantly enhanced by both coatings, in comparison with the uncoated magnesium substrate. The cell morphology revealed that a few less-spread cells were observed on the PLLA/V film, while more elongated cells were done on the PLLA/SiV film. The cells on the PLLA/SiV film exhibited an extremely higher alkaline phosphatase activity after 21 days of incubation than that on the PLLA/V one. The PLLA/SiV film suppressed the early corrosion and enhanced cytocompatibility on metallic magnesium.
Keywords: coating; magnesium; poly(l-lactic acid); vaterite (calcium carbonate); composite coating; magnesium; poly(l-lactic acid); vaterite (calcium carbonate); composite
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Yamada, S.; Maeda, H.; Obata, A.; Lohbauer, U.; Yamamoto, A.; Kasuga, T. Cytocompatibility of Siloxane-Containing Vaterite/Poly(l-lactic acid) Composite Coatings on Metallic Magnesium. Materials 2013, 6, 5857-5869.

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