Characterization and angiogenic potential of xenogeneic bone grafting materials: Role of periodontal ligament cells

  • Rombouts Charlotte
  • Jeanneau Charlotte
  • Camilleri Josette
  • Laurent Patrick
  • About Imad


Adequate revascularization is a prerequisite for successful healing of periodontal bone defects. This study characterized three different xenogeneic bone grafting materials: Gen-Os of equine and porcine origins, and anorganic Bio-Oss. We also investigated their angiogenic potential. All materials were composed of poorly crystalline calcium oxide phosphate, with Bio-Oss exhibiting a carbonated phase and larger particle size and both Gen-Os showing the presence of collagen. Both Gen-Os materials significantly enhanced vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) secretion by PDL cells. A significant increase in endothelial cell proliferation was observed in cultures with both Gen-Os conditioned media, but not with that of Bio-Oss. Finally, angiogenesis was stimulated by both Gen-Os conditioned media as demonstrated by an increased formation of capillary-like structures. Taken together, these findings indicate an enhanced angiogenic potential of both Gen-Os bone grafting materials when applied on PDL cells, most likely by increasing VEGF production.