Mineralized Nanofibrous Scaffold Promotes Phenamil-induced Osteoblastic Differentiation while Mitigating Adipogenic Differentiation.

Research paper by Yangxi Y Liu, Jue J Hu, Hongli H Sun

Indexed on: 18 Dec '19Published on: 17 Dec '19Published in: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine


Large bone defects represent a significant unmet medical challenge. Cost-effectiveness and better stability make small molecule organic compounds a more promising alternative compared to bio-macromolecules, e.g., growth factors/hormones, in regenerative medicine. However, one common challenge for the application of these small compounds is their side-effect issue. Phenamil is emerging as an intriguing small molecule to promote bone repair by strongly activating BMP signaling pathway. In addition to osteogenesis, phenamil also induces significant adipogenesis based on some in vitro studies, which is a concern that impedes it from potential clinical applications. Besides the soluble chemical signals, cellular differentiation is heavily dependent on the microenvironments provided by the 3D scaffolds. Therefore, we developed a 3D nanofibrous bio-mimetic scaffold-based strategy to harness the phenamil-induced stem cell lineage differentiation. Based on the gene expression, ALP activity, and mineralization data, we indicated that bone-matrix mimicking mineralized-gelatin nanofibrous scaffold effectively improved phenamil-induced osteoblastic differentiation, while mitigated the adipogenic differentiation in vitro. In addition to normal culture conditions, we also indicated that mineralized-matrix can significantly improve phenamil-induced osteoblastic differentiation in simulated inflammatory condition. In viewing of the crucial role of mineralized matrix, we developed an innovative and facile mineral deposition-based strategy to sustain release of phenamil from 3D scaffolds for efficient local bone regeneration. Overall, our study demonstrated that biomaterials played a crucial role in modulating small molecule drug phenamil-induced osteoblastic differentiation by providing a bone-matrix mimicking mineralized gelatin nanofibrous scaffolds. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.