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Journal of biomaterials science. Polymer edition

Ca-adsorption and apatite deposition on silk fabrics modified with phosphate polymer chains.


PMID 10426232

Abstract

Silk fabric was modified with polymethacryloyloxyethylphosphate (pMOEP) by graft copolymerization. Ca-adsorption onto pMOEP-grafted silk fabric was significantly enhanced compared to that onto original silk fabric. SEM observation indicated that some crystallites were deposited on the pMOEP-grafted silk fabric after 1 week of immersion in simulated body fluid, whereas no change occurred on the surface of the original silk fabric. X-ray diffraction showed that this crystallite contained hydroxyapatite. These results indicate that pMOEP-grafted silk fabric induce hydroxyapatite formation more effectively than the original silk fabric.