Short-Term Application of Chitosan Coated Mg-1Zn-0.3Zr-2Gd-1Ca Alloy Bone Implants in Osteoporotic Fractures
International Journal of Metallurgy and Metal Physics
Volume 5, Issue 3
Research Article DOI: 10.35840/2631-5076/9257
Short-Term Application of Chitosan Coated Mg-1Zn-0.3Zr-2Gd-1Ca Alloy Bone Implants in Osteoporotic Fractures
Zhanhui Wang, Yawei Li, Zongbin Sun, Jiuba Wen, Bingbing Zhang, Tinghe Duan, Qiuxia Zheng and Shaopeng Liu
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Figure 1a: The image and spec of vacuum smelting....
The image and spec of vacuum smelting resistance furnace surgery used in this study.
Figure 1b: Fixation of the Mg-1Zn-0.3 Zr-2Gd-1Ca.....
Fixation of the Mg-1Zn-0.3 Zr-2Gd-1Ca alloy bone nail during a surgery.
Figure 2: X-ray changes of rats in uncoated.....
X-ray changes of rats in uncoated and chitosan coated rats groups at different postoperative times: (A) X-ray films at 7 days after operation; (B) X-ray films at 14 days after operation; (C) X-ray films at 21 days after operation.
Figure 3: SEM of rat sections in uncoated...
SEM of rat sections in uncoated and chitosan coated groups at different times after surgery: (A) The samples at postoperative 7 days; (B) The samples at postoperative 14 days; (C) The samples at postoperative 21 days.
Figure 4: EDS changes of rats in uncoated.....
EDS changes of rats in uncoated and chitosan coated rats groups at different postoperative times: (A) EDS at 7 days after operation; (B) EDS at 14 days after operation; (C) EDS at 21 days after operation.
Figure 5: Variation curves of main elements....
Variation curves of main elements' mass fraction after degradation of the Mg alloy at different postoperative times: (A) The mass fraction of Mg element; (B) The mass fraction of O element; (C) The mass fraction of Ca element; (D) The mass fraction of Zn element.
Figure 6: Histological changes of liver sections....
Histological changes of liver sections in every group at different postoperative times: (A,D,G) The sham operation group; (B,E,H) The uncoated Mg alloy group; C,F,I) The chitosan-coated Mg alloy group, respectively.
Figure 7: Histological changes of kidneys....
Histological changes of kidneys from rats of different groups at different times: (A,D,G) The sham operation group; (B,E,H) The uncoated Mg alloy group; (C,F,I) The chitosan-coated Mg alloy group, respectively.
Figure 8: Changes of Mg and Ca ion concentrations....
Changes of Mg and Ca ion concentrations in the peripheral blood of rats in different groups at different postoperative times.
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Zhanhui Wang1*#, Yawei Li1#, Zongbin Sun1, Jiuba Wen2, Bingbing Zhang1, Tinghe Duan1, Qiuxia Zheng3 and Shaopeng Liu1
1Luoyang Central Hospital, Zhengzhou University, China
2School of Material Engineering, Henan University of Science and Technology, China
3The Second Affiliated Hospital of Zhengzhou University, China
Dr. Zhanhui Wang, Department of Surgery, The Affiliated Luoyang Central Hospital, Zhengzhou University, 288 Zhongzhou Road, Luoyang, 471000, China, Tel: +86-379-6389-2095, Fax: +86-379-6389-2095
Accepted: August 01, 2020 | Published Online: August 03, 2020
Citation: Wang Z, Li Y, Sun Z, Wen J, Zhang B, et al. (2020) Short-Term Application of Chitosan Coated Mg-1Zn-0.3Zr-2Gd-1Ca Alloy Bone Implants in Osteoporotic Fractures. Int J Metall Met Phys 5:057
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With the rapid aging of the global population, osteoporosis seriously affects human life and health, and the most serious clinical manifestation is osteoporosis fracture. Therefore, biomedical workers have been investing a lot of research on biomedical materials in the treatment of osteoporotic fracture. The aim of this research is to assess the biodegradability and biocompatibility of chitosan-coated Mg-1Zn-0.3Zr-2Gd-1Ca alloy as bone screws, and to explore the feasibility of the chitosan coated Mg-1Zn-0.3Zr-2Gd-1Ca alloy in the treatment of osteoporotic fractures. In this study, the uncoated Mg-1Zn-0.3Zr-2Gd-1Ca alloy screws and chitosan-coated Mg-1Zn-0.3Zr-2Gd-1Ca alloy screws were implanted into the fracture sites of rats, respectively. Then the X-ray changes of the operation areas were observe that different times. The degradation behavior of bone screws was evaluated for by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersion spectrum (EDS). The bio-safety of the Mg-1Zn-0.3Zr-2Gd-1Ca alloy to rat liver and kidney tissues were determined by eosin staining, and the Mg and Ca ions levels in peripheral blood were measured. The postoperative vital signs were stable and no surgical complications were observed. X-ray images showed that both bare group and chitosan group had good fixation after surgery. Inflammatory exudation could be seen in all groups. However, SEM results showed the implants in chitosan group had less corrosion rate than that of in bare group with a complete structure. The main elements of degradation products in bare group and chitosan were Mg, O, Ca, and Zn as shown by EDS analysis. Histopathological and serological tests showed that there was no significant toxicity of chitosan coated bone nails on SD rats. Chitosan coated Mg-1Zn-0.3Zr-2Gd-1Ca alloy could not only effectively retard the degradation rate of Mg-1Zn-0.3Zr-2Gd-1Ca alloys in rats but had good biocompatibility in rats, which was more favorable for fracture repair and suggested its possible clinical application.
Osteoporotic fracture, Magnesium alloy, Chitosan coating, Biodegradability, Biocompatibility
Osteoporosis is a kind of bone disease characterized by the decrease of bone mechanical strength and the increase of fracture risk. The prevalence of osteoporosis has increased for the last few years, and the incidence of fractures has also increased. Internal fixation of biomaterials is one of the most important treatments for fractures . It is common knowledge that excellent fracture internal fixation materials should have good biocompatibility, biodegradation properties consistent with bone repair, good mechanical strength, and plasticity. Nowadays, internal fixation materials can be divided into biomedical polymer materials, biomedical inorganic non-metal materials, and biomedical metal materials [2,3].
As to the materials for the therapy of diseases, the invention of biomedical metal materials has broadened the selectivity of fracture fixation materials. Cobalt-chromium (Co-Cl) alloys, titanium (Ti) alloys, and memory alloys have been widely used in clinical practice due to their good biocompatibility and corrosion resistance [4-6]. However, the elastic modulus of these materials is much higher than the elastic modulus of bone tissue, and this may be one of the factors inducing re-fracture according to the stress shielding effect [7,8]. What is more, it has to be removed by a second operation because of its' long-term retention causing extra trauma to patient.
Degradable metal materials such as Mg and its alloy in recent years, due to their good biocompatibility, mechanical properties, and degradability, were studied for the applications in the field of orthopaedic devices or cardiovascular stents [9-11]. A review by Frank Witte reported that an eight-year-old child with a humerus fracture was fixed by Mg plate and screw through operation, and the Mg plate had almost completely degraded at 3 weeks after the operation with the fracture line disappearing. Moreover, magnesium alloy as bone fixation could stimulate bone growth and healing . In addition to the above characteristics, Mg and its alloy also have good biomechanical properties. It is related to the fact that the elastic modulus and compressive strength of Mg alloys are closer to those of natural bone . However, their excessive corrosion rates in humans and the resulting stress corrosion cracking properties seriously affect the Mg alloy application range [13-22]. Therefore, one or more additional alloys are under investigation in order to improve their properties. Among above materials, zinc (Zn) and calcium (Ca) are common element [13,23,24]; in addition, it was reported that Ca plays a vital role in fracture healing [25,26]. Some researches showed that Zr not only has good biocompatibility, but also can improve the corrosion resistance and biomechanical properties of magnesium alloy . Therefore, alloy is used in this study as a fixator of fracture.
Fractures are a common occurrence and can be classified into traumatic fractures, osteoporotic fractures, etc . Osteoporosis fracture, as its name implies, is a pathological fracture caused by osteoporosis, which endangers human health . Internal fixation is one of the most important surgical treatments for osteoporotic fracture. There are many kinds of internal fixation materials, including Mg-Ca alloys, Zn alloy, and Ti alloys . Among them, the current most clinically applied alloy is the Mg-Ca alloy. However, the Mg content on the earth is rich, and Mg, Zn, Ca ions are essential trace elements of the human body, which play important roles in the body's metabolism and fracture healing process. Related studies [30,31] reported that the application of metallic Mg as an internal fixation material to the femur of the rat promoted the formation of new bone tissue around the fracture area, thereby promoting fracture healing. Chitosan can be used as a biomaterial with good biocompatibility, good plasticity, and low toxicity after modification, and shows good application value [32,33]. However, there are few studies on the application of chitosan coating in Mg-Ca alloys for internal fixation of fractures. Therefore, the role of this new Mg-1Zn-0.3Zr-2Gd-1Ca alloy in the treatment of osteoporotic fracture in rats was studied.
Generally, in order to improve the corrosion resistance and biological compatibility of magnesium alloy, many measures have been taken to improve the surface of magnesium alloy matrix, such as inorganic coatings [9,34], biodegradable polymers , etc. Chitosan, as a cationic polymer, has been studied as a pharmaceutical component by many researchers because of its good biodegradability, biosafety and mucoadhesive. Thus, in this study a new chitosan-coated Mg-1Zn-0.3Zr-2Gd-1Ca alloy nail was prepared, and its biodegradation behavior and biosafety behavior of were explored in the treatment of osteoporotic fractures for rat model in order to design a new Mg alloy bone nail that can overcome defects of traditional bone nail made of non-absorbable materials.
Preparation of chitosan-coated Mg alloy
Mg-Ga alloy was prepared using a vacuum smelting resistance furnace (ZG JL0.01-40-4, Jinzhou transformer furnace factory of Liaoning Province). The Mg-1Zn-0.3 Zr-2Gd-1Ca alloy (from the College of Materials, Henan University of Science and Technology) was prepared according to their different burn loss amounts in different proportions, and was dissolved in a tungsten crucible under argon protection, with heat preservation at 480 °C for 20 min. The metal elements were mixed thoroughly with a graphite rod, followed by refining, slagging, and staging. In the vacuum smelting resistance furnace, the Mg alloy solution at 420 °C was poured into an iron crucible with a preheating temperature of 200 °C, and then release after 30 min, to obtain the casting sample. The test chamber temperature was increased to 300 °C for 2 h and maintained for 3 h at constant temperature, then slowly increased to 510 °C for 2 h, and maintained for 20 h. Hot water was used for quenching (60 °C). For manual aging treatment, the solid solution obtained from room temperature at 150 °C, was held for 26 h and cooled in the furnace. To prepare the chitosan coating, the magnesium alloy was cleaned with acetone, absolute ethanol and deionized water for 10 minutes and then dried. It was treated with 80% phosphoric acid for 2 minutes. After cleaning with deionized water, it will dry naturally. Then, chitosan (3 × 10-5 Da) with 85% deacetylation degree was dissolved in 1% acetic acid solution and stirred for 2.5 hours. After standing and filtering, it was coated on the surface of acid treated alloy. After coating three times, it was dried at 60 °C for 30 minutes. For flow cutting and polishing, the surface oxidation layer of the sample was removed, and the sample was cut into 1 × 0.5 × 3 cm pieces. Water scrubbing paper was used for rough grinding, and diamond polishing paste was used for mechanical polishing until the surface of the sample had no rough marks. Finally, a fine cast used deerskin to produce the desired finished product.
Preparation and treatment of experimental animals
Twenty-seven healthy adult female rats were randomly divided into a sham-operated group (group A), an uncoated Mg-Ca alloy group (group B), and a chitosan-coated Mg-1Zn-0.3 Zr-2Gd-1Ca alloy group (group C). The osteoporosis model was established by removing the rat ovaries after 4 weeks of feeding under the same conditions (constant temperature of 23 °C ± 0.5 °C and constant humidity of 45-50%). The rats were used after surgery and after they had completely recovered from surgery. Anesthesia was performed via the ear vein (sodium pentobarbital, 30 mg/kg). Routine skin preparation included disinfection. Aseptic sheets were taken from the middle part of the right femur, and the layers of tissues were cut to expose the femur; a 10 mm × 2 mm bone defect was fabricated artificially and the fracture section was simulated. The corresponding alloy specimens were placed between the bone defects and fixed well. The sham operation group had fracture sections without alloy materials (Figure 1). After surgery, hydrogen peroxide and sterile saline were applied to sterilize the region, and suturing was performed, one by one. The animals moved freely after surgery and were maintained in cages. Continuous intramuscular injection of gentamicin (400,000 units/day for 1 week) was given after surgery to prevent infection. X-ray images were taken of the surgical areas at 7, 14, and 21 days after surgery. The rats were randomly euthanized in groups of three, and the alloy implants, liver and kidney tissues were extracted for further study.
Study on biodegradability in vivo
In this study, firstly, the general observations of experimental rats were observed, such as postoperative mental state, activity, diet, and wound healing state, etc. The changes of surgical areas in every group at different times after surgery were observed by X-ray irradiation. The extracted alloy implants were analyzed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and were further analyzed by parallel EDS spectra.
In vivo compatibility study
The pathological changes of liver and kidney in every group were analyzed by HE staining at different times after operation. The effects of alloy degradation on the rats were analyzed by measuring the concentrations of Mg and Ca ions in peripheral blood samples. In this study, hematoxylin & eosin (HE) staining solution was bought from Shanghai Bogu Biotechnology, Shanghai, China.
The experimental data are expressed as the mean ± SD. One-way analysis of variance and LSD-t-tests were used and assessed by SPSS, version 19.0 software (SPSS, Chicago, IL, USA) A value of P < 0.05 was considered to be statistically significant.
Results and Discussion
Postoperative general conditions
The postoperative vital signs were stable in all operated groups, and the behavior and food intake were not significantly affected. Group B and C rats showed normal postoperative right limb movements after surgery, but this was significantly affected in group A rats. No incision infection, subcutaneous emphysema, or death occurred during the observation period.
Evaluation of degradation study in vivo
X-ray observations: Postoperative X-ray images shows that both group B and group C rat composite gold implants were well-fixed, without displacement or shedding, and the density of the implants was similar to that of the rat femurs. The group B and C rat composite gold implants were clearly outlined, and group B showed a slight gas shadow in the surgical area at postoperative 7 days, with different degrees of inflammatory exudation observed around the fracture sites of both groups, as shown in Figure 2A. At postoperative 14 days, the contour of the implants in group C rats was still clear; however, in group B rats the contour of the implants was slightly defective, and the surrounding gas shadow was reduced. In addition, the inflammatory exudation in the fracture area was less than before, as shown in Figure 2B. At postoperative 21 days, the implant development in group B was not clear, while only a few defects were noted in group C. The inflammatory exudation in the fracture area gradually disappeared in both groups, as shown in Figure 2C.
In the study on biodegradability of Mg alloy bone nail, the X-ray images indicated that the two types of alloys had undergone different degrees of degradation in vivo, and the degradation of uncoated Mg-1Zn-0.3Zr-2Gd-1Ca alloys was faster than that of the chitosan-coated Mg alloys. In addition, the low density gas shadows in group B may have been be caused by H2 produced because of the fast degradation of the alloy. However, they were absorbed quickly without subcutaneous emphysema, consistent with the study of Mueller, et al. . In addition, the inflammatory exudation in the two groups was related to implants and surgical trauma. However, the inflammatory exudation in both groups was absorbed quickly and had no significant effect on the postoperative recovery of rats.
SEM observation and EDS analysis: SEM results shows that the surface cracks of group Brats samples were different at 7 days after operation. The erosive sediment particles were large, and flaky corrosion products appeared locally, which were loose and obvious, and fell off from the substrate, while the surface of Group C was intact, only a small amount of cracks appeared, and the corrosion products were uniformly deposited as shown in Figure 3A. At postoperative 14 days, the surface cracks of group B rat samples increased further, filling the entire field of view, and a large number of triangular or irregular polygon cracks appeared, with a width of approximately 3 μm. The surface of the alloy was uneven, the structure was loose, and the corrosion pit was partially visible. The surface structure of the sample of group C rats was dense, and the sedimentary layer with uneven corrosion products and a small number of corrosion pits were visible. The cracks were significantly less than that of group B rats as shown in Figure 3B. The cracks in group B samples were further deepened and widened at postoperative 21 days, and white corrosion products were observed on the crack edges, group C specimens had a few cracks, shallow cracks, and a narrow width, but a large amount of flocculent corrosion products could be seen on the surface as shown in Figure 3C. The main degradation products of group B and C rats were Mg, oxygen (O), Ca, and Zn, as assessed by EDS analyses. There was no significant difference in the composition of the products. At the same time, a small amount of Zr, phosphate (P), and Gd elements were also detected, and with the prolongation of the postoperative time, the mass fractions of Mg and O in B and C composite metal gradually decreased, while the mass fractions of Ca and Zn gradually increased as shown in Figure 4. In addition, the decreased Mg and O content in group C was significantly lower than that in group B, while the increase of Ca and Zn content was significantly higher than that of group B, with significant differences between the two groups (P < 0.05) as shown in Figure 5.
SEM images shows that there were only a few cracks in Mg alloy coated with chitosan at postoperative 7 days. At postoperative 14 days, the corrosion products compactly accumulated on the surface of the alloy and did not fall off. At postoperative 21 days, the overall structure of the alloy remained intact, and the corrosion products further accumulated on the surface, forming a protective layer structure to some extent. This result was consistent with the X-ray images, which showed a faster corrosion rate of the uncoated Mg alloy. Combined with the results of previous studies [37,38], we hypothesize that the chitosan coating played a protective role, delaying the degradation rate of the Mg alloy.
Mg alloy, as a kind of degradable material, whose rapid degradation rate and excessive gas production limit its clinical applicability [39,40]. Pure Mg alloys were firstly applied as fracture internal fixation by Lambotte  in 1907, but the procedure failed because of its rapid degradation. Seitz, et al.  also found that ordinary Mg-Ca alloys without coating had fast degradation rates in the body and it was difficult to achieve good results in internal fixation of fractures. Subsequently, others have found that coating on the surface was an effective method to delay the degradation rate of the alloy, such as chitosan coating [20,43,44], and chitosan is an alkaline aminopolysaccharide with a stable structure. Based on the above considerations, a Mg-1Zn-0.3Zr-2Gd-1Ca alloy with a chitosan coating was fabricated and used a rat osteoporosis model produced by ovariectomy.
Although the degradation rate of the Mg-1Zn-0.3Zr-2Gd-1Ca alloy containing chitosan coating was lower than that of the uncoated Mg alloy in this work, its degradation rate was still faster than that of the fracture healing process, so the performance still needs further improvement. The EDS spectrum analysis showed that the main degradation products of B and C gold were Mg, O, Ca, and Zn. A small amount of Zr, P, and Gd were also detected, and there was no significant difference in the product composition. Further statistical analyses showed that with the prolongation of the postoperative time, the mass fraction of Mg and O in the B and C combination gold decreased gradually, and the rate of decline in group C was significantly lower than that in group B, while the mass fraction of Ca and Zn gradually increased. The rate of increase in group C was significantly higher than that in group B, and this difference between groups was significant. Combined with the previous results [45,46], we analyzed the results of X-ray and scanning electron microscopy images and validated this difference. It was further confirmed that the decomposition rate of uncoated Mg alloys was faster than that of coated Mg alloys, and that the degradation rate of uncoated Mg-Ca alloys could be delayed to some extent by chitosan coating. In conclusion, this study suggests that chitosan coating can significantly improve the corrosion resistance of magnesium alloy nails, although the degradation rate of magnesium alloy after chitosan modification is still relatively fast.
Biosafety evaluation in vivo
Postoperative histopathological evaluation of liver in rats: Figure 6 shows the histopathological changes of liver sections in different treated group at different postoperative times. A, B and C were the histopathological sections of liver in sham operation group, uncoated Mg alloy group and chitosan-coated Mg alloy group at postoperative 7 days, respectively. And there was scattered congestion between hepatic lobules in the uncoated Mg alloy group (Figure 6B, black arrows), however, there were no obvious abnormalities found in sham operation group as shown in Figure 6A, Figure 6B and Figure 6C. Moreover, the cells were arranged regularly, and no obvious inflammatory cell infiltration was observed as shown in Figure 6A, Figure 6C, Figure 6D, Figure 6E and Figure 6F were the histopathological sections of liver in sham operation group, uncoated Mg alloy group and chitosan-coated Mg alloy group at postoperative 14 days, respectively. And scattered congestion was still seen between hepatic lobules in uncoated Mg alloy groups (as shown in Figure 6E, black arrows), but the structure of the hepatic lobules and hepatic sinusoids in the other two groups (Figure 6D and Figure 6F) were intact. At postoperative 21 days, hepatic interlobular congestion was gradually absorbed completely in the uncoated Mg alloy group samples in Figure 6H, and there was no significant damage in the other two groups in Figure 6G and Figure 6I.
Postoperative histopathological evaluation of renal in rats: In this study, Figure 7 shows the results of renal tissue section microscopic observed in different groups at different times. At postoperative 7 days, there were intact glomerular and tubular structures in the sham-operated group (Figure 7A) and the chitosan-coated Mg alloy group (Figure 7C), and there was no obvious damage, but had significant congestion in the glomeruli (as indicated by black arrows) in the uncoated Mg alloy group (Figure 7B). At postoperative 14 days, a small amount of congestion was observed in the sham-operated group (Figure 7D) and the chitosan-coated Mg alloy group (Figure 7F), however, the glomeruli and tubules were structurally intact and the congestion was significantly less than that of the uncoated layer Mg alloy group (Figure 7E, black arrows). At postoperative 21 days, the blood stasis of the three groups was completely normal, and the cell arrangement was regular as shown in Figure 7G, Figure 7H and Figure 7I.
Regarding the biological toxicity test results in this study, liver and kidney tissues of the rats were analyzed by HE staining at different postoperative times. At postoperative 7 days, the liver tissue of the uncoated Mg alloy group showed scattered blood between the hepatic lobules as shown in Figure 6. There was also scattered congestion along the glomeruli and renal tubules, while the kidney tissue in the chitosan-coated Mg alloy group and the sham-operated group showed slight congestion at postoperative 14 days, but were significantly less than the uncoated Mg alloy group, and was absorbed quickly as shown in Figure 7. This may have a certain relationship with the faster degradation rate of the Mg alloy. However, the results of subsequent peripheral blood tests showed that both the uncoated Mg alloy group and the chitosan-coated Mg alloy group had a certain degree of fluctuation in serum Mg and Ca after surgery, but they were all within the normal ranges. This did not have a significant impact on the postoperative recovery of the mouse. The results showed that the chitosan-coated Mg-1Zn-0.3Zr-2Gd-1Ca alloy possessed less effects on rat liver and kidney tissues and Mg-1Zn-0.3Zr-2Gd-1Ca alloy had good biocompatibility, which was consistent with the results of many research reports [47,48].
Serum Mg and Ca ion concentrations analysis in the postoperative rats: The serum Mg ion concentrations of the rats in groups A, B, and C were 1.20 ± 0.21 mmol/dL, 1.19 ± 0.55 mmol/dL and 1.21 ± 0.08 mmol/dL, respectively at postoperative 1 day, and the serum Ca ion concentrations were 2.35 ± 0.82 mmol/dL, 2.40 ± 0.73 mmol/dL, 2.38 ± 0.79 mmol/dL, respectively. The concentration of Mg and Ca in group B and C increased slightly within postoperative 14 days, and then decreased gradually, but did not exceed the normal range. There was no significant difference in Mg ions between the preoperative and postoperative time points (P > 0.05). The differences between groups A, B, and C were not significant (P > 0.05). The changes of Ca ion concentrations were similar with that of Mg ion concentrations as shown in Figure 8.
Figure 8 Changes of Mg and Ca ion concentrations in the peripheral blood of rats in different groups at different postoperative times. Within 14 days after surgery, the serum Mg and Ca concentrations of rats in uncoated Mg alloy group and chitosan-coated Mg alloy group increased gradually, and then decreased, but did not exceed the normal range.
In the study all three groups of rats recovered after surgery, and there were no incision infections, rejections, and other related complications, similar to the reports by Griebel  and Henderson, et al. . This showed that the Mg-1Zn-0.3Zr-2Gd-1Ca alloy implant had good compatibility with rat tissues. Alkaline phosphatase is often considered to be one of the markers of bone formation activity, and Zn ion is one of the components of the alkaline phosphatase active center, which can increase the enzyme activity of alkaline phosphatase, and in turn, contribute to bone formation [51,52]. In addition, Ca ions can promote the formation of new bone, which has been confirmed by numerous studies [53-55]. Moreover, one of the important causes of osteoporosis is the lack of Ca in the body leading to a decrease in bone density, which in turn causes fractures from the action of external forces. Therefore, Ca has a unique advantage for use in Mg alloys as an internal fixation material for the treatment of osteoporotic fractures. However, simple Mg alloys currently still have limitations, such as poor biocompatibility, toxicity, and rejection.
The Mg-1Zn-0.3Zr-2Gd-1Ca alloy designed had good biocompatibility and safety. It delayed the degradation rate to some extent after adding chitosan coating and showed some future improvements for possible clinical applications. Although chitosan coating can significantly improve the corrosion resistance of magnesium alloy bone nails, however, regarding the fracture healing process that the degradation rate is still faster, which can not meet temporarily the clinical application, so further study on the controllability of degradation rate of magnesium alloy is needed. In addition, the histopathology of liver and kidney showed that there was no significant abnormality after the chitosan coated magnesium alloy bone nail was implanted into rats. Moreover, the serum concentrations of magnesium and calcium were not also significantly abnormal. It is suggested that the magnesium alloy bone nail modified by chitosan coating has good biological compatibility. In view of that, this study provides a reference for the establishment of a new treatment method for osteoporosis fracture.
Authors who have made significant contributions to this study are as follows: Conceptualization: Zhanhui Wang and Yawei Li; Methodology: Zhanhui Wang, Zongbin Sun, Tinghe Duan; Software: Zongbin Sun, Shaopeng Liu; Validation: Zhanhui Wang and Yawei Li, Zongbin Sun, Jiuba Wen and Tinghe Duan; Formal analysis: Zongbin Sun, Bingbing Zhang; Investigation: Yawei Li, Zongbin Sun; Resources: Zhanhui Wang; Data curation: Bingbing Zhang, Zhanhui Wang; Writing-original draft preparation: Yawei Li, Zongbin Sun; Writing-review and editing: Zhanhui Wang; Visualization: Zhanhui Wang; Supervision: Zhanhui Wang; Project administration: Zhanhui Wang; Funding acquisition: Zhanhui Wang. All authors have read and agreed to the published version of the manuscript.
This work was funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. U04825), the Key Scientific and Technological Projects of Henan Province China (No. 2102310012), the Natural Science Foundation of Henan Province (No. 2300410241), and the Science and Technology Development Projects of Luoyang City (No. 03006A-3), the National key Research and Development Program of China (2018YFC1106703).
We are very grateful to the support by the National Natural Science Foundation of China, the Key Scientific and Technological Projects of Henan Province China, the Natural Science Foundation of Henan Province, and the Science and Technology Development Projects of Luoyang City. The authors would like to thank the Duoease Scientific Service Center for excellent language editing service and suggestions for figure revision.
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