In vitro effects of beta-titanium alloys on biological behavior of macrophages and
their cross-talk with osteoblasts

 

Project leader:
Assoc. Prof. Anisoara Cimpean
Phone number: 021.318.15.75/int 106
Fax : 021.318.15.75/int 102
E-mail: anisoara.cimpean@bio.unibuc.ro

Institution:
University of Bucharest
Faculty of Biology, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
www.dbbm.bio.unibuc.ro

Contractual authority: UEFISCDI

Project code: PN-II-ID-PCE-2011-3-0737

Project type and number: PCE 188/2011

Project title: In vitro effects of beta-titanium alloys on biological behavior of macrophages and their cross-talk with osteoblasts

Duration: 36 months

Budget: 
1.400.000 lei

Summary:
The project aims to elucidate the modulation of macrophage function and of the cross-talk between macrophages and osteoblasts by new beta-titanium alloys which are based on titanium and nontoxic alloying elements, such as Ta, Nb/Zr. For comparative purposes, a commercial Ti-6Al-4V alloy, will be also investigated. In the first stage, we will investigate if the macrophages cultured in contact with the tested substrates display differences regarding cell viability, proliferation, apoptosis, cytoskeleton and adhesive structures (focal contact, podosomes) that may be important for the interpretation of macrophage function in chronic inflammatory responses. Next, we will evaluate macrophage cytokine, chemokine and matrixin expression at transcriptional and translational levels. The proposed project is an innovative approach which will bring new knowledge on signaling pathways (such as NFκB and MAP-Kinase) that could be activated by various Ti alloy compositions and on materials’ effects upon the cross-talk between macrophages and osteoblasts using a Transwell co-culture model. This cross-talk will be studied in terms of modulation of: i) soluble factors involved in bone turnover (RANKL, OPG); ii) osteogenesis process (alkaline phosphatase activity, mineralization process); iii) macrophage and osteoblast cytokine production. These studies can conduct to the development of cellular models for in vitro assessment of the inflammatory response to osteoprothetic materials.

Objectives:
Since chemistry of implant materials has the capacity to influence cell behavior, it is important to understand the responses of macrophages to the various compositions. Thus, our in vitro studies have as a general objective to elucidate the modulation of macrophage function and of the cross-talk between macrophages and osteoblasts by new beta-titanium alloys of different chemical composition.
The specific objectives of this project are: i) Scientific fundamentation of the necessity to in vitro evaluate the cellular inflamatory response to implant materials in biocompatibility studies and of the celullar interactions and signaling pathways that could be activated by surfaces with different characteristics; ii) Determination of the TiTaZr/Nb based materials effects on macrophage viability, proliferation and apoptosis; iii) Characterization of macrophage cytoskeleton and adhesion structures, which may be important for the interpretation of macrophage function in chronic inflammatory responses; iv) Assessment of the material induced gene expression regulation by evaluation of mRNA and protein expression of cytokines and chemokines secreted by the macrophages; v) Investigation of beta-Ti alloys’ implication in induction of matrixins such as matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and ADAM-9; vi) Determination of signaling pathways that could be activated by the different TiTaZr/Nb compositions; vii) Evaluation of beta-Ti alloys’ effects on the cross-talk between macrophages and osteoblasts in a Transwell co-culture model.

RESEARCH TEAM

Name and surname

Position in the project

Cimpean Anisoara

Project director/Senior researcher II

Costache Marieta

Senior researcher I

Ion Raluca

Young researcher  III

Mitran Valentina

Research assistent

Galateanu Bianca

Research assistent

Neacsu Patricia

Research assistent (phD student)

Dinescu Sorina

Research  assistent (phD student)

Serban Mirela

Research assistent


PUBLICATIONS

ARTICLES

1. Mindroiu M, Ion R, Pirvu C, Cimpean A, Surfactant-dependent macrophage response to polypyrrole-based coatings electrodeposited on Ti6Al7Nb alloy, Mater Sci Eng C, 33, 3353-3361 (2013).

2. Ion R, Gordin DM, Mitran V, Osiceanu P, Dinescu S, Gloriant T, Cimpean A, In vitro bio-functional performances of the novel superelastic beta-type Ti-23Nb-0.7Ta-2Zr-0.5N alloy, Mater Sci Eng C Mater Biol Appl, 35, 411-419 (2014).

3. Neacsu P, Mazare A, Cimpean A,  Park J, Costache M, Schmuki P, Demetrescu I, Reduced inflammatory activity of RAW 264.6 macrophages on titania nanotube modified Ti surface, Int J Biochem Cell Biol, 55, 187-195, (2014).

4. Neacsu P, Gordin DM, Mitran V, Gloriant T, Costache M, Cimpean A. In vitro performance assessment of new beta Ti-Mo-Nb alloy compositions. Mater Sci Eng C Mater Biol Applic, 47, 105-113 (2015).

5. Neacsu P, Mazare A, Schmuki P, Cimpean A. Attenuation of the macrophage inflammatory activity by TiOnanotubes via inhibition of MAPK and NF-kB pathways. Int J Nanomedicine, 10, 6455-6476 (2015).

6. Ion R, Stoian AB, Dumitriu C, Grigorescu S, Mazare A, Cimpean A, Demetrescu I, Schmuki P. Nanochannels formed on TiZr alloy improve biological response. Acta Biomater, 24, 270-377 (2015).

BOOK CHAPTERS PUBLISHED IN COLLECTIVE VOLUMES AT PRESTIGIOUS INTERNATIONAL PRINTING HOUSES

 1. A. Cimpean, R. Ion, D.M. Gordin, P. Neacsu, V. Mitran, T. Gloriant,  Biomaterials as modulators of macrophage inflammatory response, Biomaterials (vol. 11) in: N.K. Navani, S. Sinha (Eds.), J.N. Govil (Executive Ed.), Nanotechnology series, Studium Press LLC Houston (USA), 273-310, 2013, ISBN-1-62699-011-5.


COMMUNICATIONS TO NATIONAL SCIENTIFIC REUNIONS

1. Neacsu P, Sebestyen I, Mitran V, Ion R, Cimpean A, Modulation of macrophage biological behavior by TiO2 nanotubes, Scientific communication session of the students from Faculty of Biology, 25th May 2012, Bucharest, Romania (oral presentation).

2. Neacsu P, Cimpean A, Costache M, Reduced inflammatory response to TiO2 nanotubes. Scientific communication session of the students from Faculty of Biology, 31st May 2013, Bucharest, Romania (oral presentation).

3. Neacsu P, Ion R, Cimpean A, Costache M, Macrophage response to TiO2 nanochannels, Scientific communication session of the students from Faculty of Biology, 30th May 2014, Bucharest, Romania (oral presentation).

4. Neacsu P, Ion RN, Mitran V, Cimpean A. MAPK and NF-kB signaling pathways modulation by TiO2 nanotubes. Scientific communication session of the students from Faculty of Biology, 29th May 2015, Bucharest, Romania (oral presentation) - 2nd prize.


COMMUNICATIONS TO INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC REUNIONS

1. Ion R, Neacsu P, Gordin DM, Gloriant T, Cimpean A, RAW 264.7 macrophage behavior on the new beta-type Ti-23Nb-0.7Ta-2Zr- 0.5N alloy, 5th International Conference “Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering & Medical Devices” -  BioMedD 2012, Constanta, 29th Aug. – 1st Sept., p. 191 (poster presentation).

2. Neacsu P, Ion R, Mitran V, Raducanu D, Dan I, Cimpean A, Osteoblast and macrophage responses to Ti-25Ta-5Zr alloy, 5th International Conference “Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering & Medical Devices” -  BioMedD 2012, Constanta, 29th Aug. – 1st Sept., p. 215 (poster presentation).

3. Ion R, Mitran V, Neacsu P, Gordin D, Dinescu S, Costache M, Gloriant T, Cimpean A, Modulation of macrophage inflammatory response by titanium alloy chemistry, 5th International Conference on Drug Discovery and Therapy, Dubai, 18th-21st Feb. 2013 (poster presentation).

4. Neacsu P, Mitran V, Gordin D, Ion R, Costache M, Gloriant T, Cimpean A, In vitro bioactivity of Ti-Mo-Nb alloys, 1st International Symposium on Modern Biotechnological Advances for Human Health - BAHH, Bucharest, 20th-22nd May 2014 (poster presentation).

5. Neacsu P, Mazare A, Park J, Costache M, Schmuki P, Demetrescu I, Cimpean A, Mitigating the inflammatory response by TiO2 nanotubes, 50th International Conference FEBS EMBO, Paris, 30th-4th September 2014, p. 143 (poster presentation).

6. Neacsu P, Mazare A, Ion RN, Mitran V, Costache M, Schmuki P, Cimpean A. Modulation of MAPK and NF-kB signaling pathways by TiO2 nanotubes Ti-modified surface, 40th FEBS Congress, Berlin, Germany, 4-9 iuly 2015, FEBS Journal, 282 (Suppl. 1), p. 197 (poster presentation).

PhD/Master/Bachelor Theses on project's topics

PhD Thesis:

Patricia Neacsu: In vitro evaluation of macrophage response to titanium-based biomaterials (2012-2015) 

Master Thesis:

Patricia Neacsu: Modulation of macrophages behavior by TiO2 nanotubes (2012) 

Andreea Iulia Sebestyen: Macrophage response to titanium surfaces modified with TiO2 nanotubes (2013) 

Jalba Nicoleta: Assesment of the inflammatory response induced by beta Ti-Mo-Nb alloys (2014) 

Irina Antoanela Boaru: In vitro macrophages response to Ti23Nb0.7Ta2Zr0.5N (2014) 

Bachelor thesis: Raluca Mudrag: Macrophages implications in the inflammatory response to implantable materials (2015)

Scientific reports:
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Last updated at: October 04, 2016.