A novel osteotropic biomaterial OG-PLG: In vitro efficacy

Kyumin Whang, Edgar Grageda, Ambereen Khan, Jonathan McDonald, Mark Lawton, Neera Satsangi

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

15 Scopus citations


Previously, a novel osteotropic biomaterial, OG-PLG [simvastatin grafted to poly(actide-co-glycolide), PLG], was synthesized and shown to have degradation-controlled release kinetics. The objective here was to determine the effect of grafting statins to PLG on bone regeneration in vitro. Rat bone marrow cells were stimulated in vitro with simvastatin dissolved in media, saponified simvastatin dissolved in media, simvastatin released through diffusion from emulsion freeze-dried scaffolds, and OG-PLG. Unstimulated cultures and cultures stimulated with dexamethasone were used as negative and positive controls, respectively. In vitro bone formation was assessed using the alkaline phosphatase (ALP) and von Kossa assays at different times up to 16 days. ALP analysis revealed that saponified simvastatin at 10-7 M and OG-PLG significantly increased ALP expression at various time points, von Kossa assay showed that simvastatin, saponified simvastatin, and OG-PLG significantly enhanced mineralization, with the effect from OG-PLG being the most significant. In short, OG-PLG significantly enhanced in vitro bone cell mineralization beyond the effect of simvastatin or saponified simvastatin dissolved in media and simvastatin released via diffusion from scaffolds.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)247-253
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Biomedical Materials Research - Part A
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 1 2005


  • Bone regeneration
  • Rat bone marrow cells
  • Simvastatin grafted to poly(lactide-co-glycolide) (OG-PLG)
  • Statin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biomaterials


Dive into the research topics of 'A novel osteotropic biomaterial OG-PLG: In vitro efficacy'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this