Cytotoxic Effects and Biocompatibility of Antimicrobial Materials

Bazaka, Olha & Bazaka, Kateryna (2015) Cytotoxic Effects and Biocompatibility of Antimicrobial Materials. In Ivanova, Elena & Crawford, Russell (Eds.) Antibacterial Surfaces. Springer International Publishing, pp. 113-147.

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The rising demand for medical implants for ageing populations and ongoing advancements in medical technology continue to drive the use of implantable devices. Higher implant usage has a consequent increased incidence of implant-related infections, and associated prolonged patient care, pain and loss of limb and other organ function. Numerous antibacterial surfaces have been designed that prevent the onset of biofilm formation, thus reducing or preventing implant-associated infections through inhibiting bacterial adhesion or by killing the organisms that successfully attach to the surface of the implant. Other surfaces have been designed to stimulate a local immune response, promoting the natural clearing of the invading pathogen. The desired antibacterial effects are typically achieved by modulating the surface chemistry and morphology of the implant material, by means of the controlled release of pharmacological agents and bioactive compounds from the surface of the material, or by a combination of both processes. An important issue for any type of antibacterial surface modification lies in balancing the non-fouling, bacteriostatic or bactericidal effects against local and systemic biocompatibility. In this chapter, we will first describe the concept of biocompatibility and its evolution, from devices that do not evoke a negative host response to those that actively drive host regeneration. We will then review the challenges associated with merging the need for an implant material to withstand a bacterial load with those associated with supporting function restoration and tissue healing.

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ID Code: 92116
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Bacteriostatic, Bactericidal, Systemic biocompatibility, Cytotoxicity, Inflammation, Host regeneration, Tissue healing
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-18594-1_7
ISBN: 9783319185941
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > MATERIALS ENGINEERING (091200)
Divisions: Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Springer International Publishing Switzerland
Deposited On: 21 Jan 2016 02:15
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2017 21:02

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