Marc-Krystelle Mafina

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Bone morphogenetic protein-2 (BMP-2) is considered a promising adjuvant for the treatment of skeletal non-union and spinal fusion. However, BMP-2 delivery in a conventional collagen scaffold necessitates a high dose to achieve an efficacious outcome. To lower its effective dose, we precomplexed BMP-2 with the glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) dermatan sulfate (DS)(More)
The synthesis of iron oxide nanocrystals from reagents taken from high street sources using thermal decomposition of an iron-fatty acid precursor in a high boiling point solvent in the presence of surfactants is presented. The nanocrystals were characterised using a variety of techniques including: electron microscopy, X-ray dispersive spectroscopy,(More)
A comparative investigation was undertaken on 1-2mm sized granules of two forms of synthetic bone graft substitute (SBG) with identical pore structure but varied bulk chemistry, stoichiometric hydroxyapatite (HA) and silicate substituted (0.8wt% Si) hydroxyapatite (SA), to assess the influence of SBG chemistry on the relative affinity of an osteogenic(More)
In this article, a method to analyze protein adsorption on porous, clinically relevant samples under physiologically relevant conditions is described. The use of fluorescent probes was identified as a methodology that would facilitate analysis under a range of conditions including fully competitive conditions where a protein of interest may be labeled in(More)
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