A novel soft tissue model for biomaterial-associated infection and inflammation - bacteriological, morphological and molecular observations.
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2015

Infection constitutes a major risk for implant failure, but the reasons why biomaterial sites are more vulnerable than normal tissue are not fully elucidated. In this study, a soft tissue infection model was developed, allowing the analysis of cellular and molecular responses in each of the sub-compartments of the implant-tissue interface (on the implant surface, in the surrounding exudate and in the tissue). Smooth and nanostructured titanium disks with or without noble metal chemistry (silver, gold, palladium), and sham sites, were inoculated with Staphylococcus epidermidis and analysed with respect to number of viable bacteria, number, viability and gene expression of host cells, and using different morphological techniques after 4 h, 24 h and 72 h. Non-infected rats were controls. Results showed a transient inflammatory response at control sites, whereas bacterial administration resulted in higher recruitment of inflammatory cells (mainly polymorphonuclear), higher, continuous cell death and higher gene expression of tumour necrosis factor-alpha, interleukin-6, interleukin-8, Toll-like receptor 2 and elastase. At all time points, S. epidermidis was predominantly located in the interface zone, extra- and intracellularly, and lower levels were detected on the implants compared with surrounding exudate. This model allows detailed analysis of early events in inflammation and infection associated to biomaterials in vivo leading to insights into host defence mechanisms in biomaterial-associated infections.


Sara Svensson

Göteborgs universitet

Margarita Trobos

Göteborgs universitet

Maria Hoffman

Göteborgs universitet

Birgitta Norlindh

Göteborgs universitet

Sarunas Petronis

Jukka Lausmaa

Felicia Suska

Göteborgs universitet

Peter Thomsen

Göteborgs universitet


1878-5905 (ISSN)

Vol. 41 106-21







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