Enhancing osteoblast survival through pulsed electrical stimulation and implications for osseointegration
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2021

Electrical stimulation has been suggested as a means for promoting the direct structural and functional bonding of bone tissue to an artificial implant, known as osseointegration. Previous work has investigated the impact of electrical stimulation in different models, both in vitro and in vivo, using various electrode configurations for inducing an electric field with a wide range of stimulation parameters. However, there is no consensus on optimal electrode configuration nor stimulation parameters. Here, we investigated a novel approach of delivering electrical stimulation to a titanium implant using parameters clinically tested in a different application, namely peripheral nerve stimulation. We propose an in vitro model comprising of Ti6Al4V implants precultured with MC3T3-E1 preosteoblasts, stimulated for 72 h at two different pulse amplitudes (10 µA and 20 µA) and at two different frequencies (50 Hz and 100 Hz). We found that asymmetric charge-balanced pulsed electrical stimulation improved cell survival and collagen production in a dose-dependent manner. Our findings suggest that pulsed electrical stimulation with characteristics similar to peripheral nerve stimulation has the potential to improve cell survival and may provide a promising approach to improve peri-implant bone healing, particularly to neuromusculoskeletal interfaces in which implanted electrodes are readily available.


Emily Pettersen

Chalmers, Elektroteknik

Sahlgrenska universitetssjukhuset

Center for Bionics and Pain Research

Furqan A. Shah

Göteborgs universitet

Max Jair Ortiz Catalan

Center for Bionics and Pain Research

Göteborgs universitet

Chalmers, Elektroteknik, System- och reglerteknik

Scientific Reports

2045-2322 (ISSN)

Vol. 11 1 22416


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