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In Vitro Study on the Suitable Porosity of Co–Cr Alloys Manufactured by Selective Laser Melting for Promoting Osteogenesis

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In this study, we evaluated the effect of pore size with constant porosity for promoting osteogenesis in vitro. Three porous Cu-bearing Co–Cr alloys specimens (with an intended porosity of 40%, 60%, and 80%, respectively), were manufactured by selective laser melting (SLM). A diamond lattice was adapted as the basic structure. In order to systematically investigate the cell biocompatibility, experiments including immersion tests, cell morphology, cell skeleton, CCK-8 assessment, ALP activity and osteogenic induction were conducted with comparison to Cu-bearing Co–Cr alloys. The immersion test and scratch test showed that the alloys have no cytotoxicity on L929 (rat fibroblasts) cells. The field-emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM) and fluorescent staining observation revealed good cell morphology and migration ability of BMSCs (bone marrow stromal cells) and L929 on SLM copper-bearing Co–Cr alloys. The results showed that the number of cells on 60% porosity samples are obviously larger than the other samples. Besides, the extracellular matrix (ECM) mineralization of BMSCs on SLM copper-bearing Co–Cr alloys indicated that 60% porositysamples promoted osteoblasts proliferation and differentiation. Our results indicated that 60% porosity of Cu-bearing Co–Cr alloys fabricated by SLM exhibited good cytocompatibility, is a suitable porous structure for orthopedic implants manufactured by SLM.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 2019

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