In vivo release of the antimicrobial peptide hLF1-11 from calcium phosphate cement

H.P. Stallmann, R. de Roo, C. Faber, A. van Nieuw Amerongen, P.I.J.M. Wuisman

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We studied the release of human lactoferrin 1-11 (hLF1-11), a potent antimicrobial peptide, in an animal model. Calcium phosphate cement with 50 mg/g hLF1-11 was injected into the femoral canal of 12 rabbits. One, 3, and 7 days later, four animals were terminated, and the femora excised. Sections of bone and cement were removed for histological analysis. We used liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry/mass spectrometry for semiquantitative determination of the hLF1-11 concentration. Blood samples were drawn for leukocyte count and differentiation to identify a potential immunomodulating effect of hLF1-11. After an initial burst release, the hLF1-11 concentration in cement and bone decreased steadily. This in vivo release profile is consistent with earlier in vitro studies. Tissue ingrowth into the cement, without signs of inflammation or necrosis, was observed. Leukocytosis or a shift in leukocyte differentiation did not occur. The carrier released over 99% of the hLF1-11, resulting in peak concentrations at the cement-bone interface. This indicates that hLF1-11 could become a valuable prophylactic agent in osteomyelitis treatment.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)531-538
JournalJournal of Orthopaedic Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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