Yuanna Zheng

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The repair of critical-sized bony defects remains a challenge in the fields of implantology, maxillofacial surgery and orthopaedics. As an alternative bone-defect filler to autologous bone grafts, deproteinized bovine bone (DBB) is highly osteoconductive and clinically now widely used. However, this product suffers from the disadvantage of not being(More)
PURPOSE To repair large-size bone defects, most bone-defect-filling materials in clinic need to obtain osteoinductivity either by mixing them with particulate autologous bone or adsorbing bone morphogenetic protein 2 (BMP2). However, both approaches encounter various limitations. In this study, we hypothesized that our novel particles of biomimetic(More)
This study aimed to compare the effects of bone morphogenetic protein BMP2/7 heterodimer and BMP homodimers on bone regeneration in bone defects model. Identical peri-implant bone defects model were created using proper controls on the frontal skull in 18 minipigs. Collagen sponges with low-dose (30 ng/mL) BMP2/7 heterodimer, BMP2 or BMP7 homodimer were(More)
OBJECTIVES To delineate the dynamic micro-architectures of bone induced by low-dose bone morphogenetic protein (BMP)-2/7 heterodimer in peri-implant bone defects compared to BMP2 and BMP7 homodimer. MATERIAL AND METHODS Peri-implant bone defects (8 mm in diameter, 4 mm in depth) were created surrounding SLA-treated titanium implants (3.1 mm in diameter,(More)
Heterodimeric bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) were exhibited to be more potent than and thus potential substitutes for homodimeric BMPs whose clinical application is limited for the drawbacks resulted from their higher effective doses. This study aims to delineate the biofunctional characteristics of recombinant human BMP2/7 (rhBMP2/7) heterodimer in(More)
Bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) heterodimers can trigger and sustain osteoblastic bone regeneration in significantly lower dosages than BMP homodimers. However, their effects on osteoclastic activity-a paramount coupling process with ostoblastic activity-remain undocumented. In this study, we delineated the functional characteristics of BMP2/7 heterodimer(More)
OBJECTIVES In this study, a novel biomimetic calcium phosphate bone substitute (BioCaP) is introduced as a dual-drug release system with two drug/protein delivery modes: protein is incorporated into (i) the interior of BioCaP (an internal depot); and (ii) a superficial calcium phosphate coating on BioCaP (a surface-coated depot). Our aim is to investigate(More)
OBJECTIVES Hypervitaminosis A and alcoholism can result in a low mineral density and compromised regenerative capacity of bone, thus delaying implant osteointegration. The inhibitory effect of all-trans retinoic acid on osteoblastogenesis is considered to be one of the mechanisms. We hypothesized that heterodimeric bone morphogenetic protein-2/7 could(More)
The osteogenesis of bone marrow stromal cells (BMSCs) is of paramount importance for the repair of large-size bone defects, which may be compromised by the dietary-accumulated all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA). We have shown that heterodimeric bone morphogenetic protein 2/7 (BMP2/7) could induce bone regeneration in a significantly higher dose-efficiency in(More)
Bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) homodimers are of significant osteoinductivity. However, their clinical application is limited because of high effective dosage. Recently, BMP heterodimers are reported to address the issue. This is a review of the researches on BMP heterodimers, including existent evidences, types and synthetic methods, biological(More)