Osteoblast activity of MG-63 cells is enhanced by growth on a lactoferrin-immobilized titanium substrate

Sung Eun Kim, Young Pil Yun, Jae Yong Lee, Kyeongsoon Park, Dong Hun Suh

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The aim of this study was to develop a lactoferrin (LF)-immobilized titanium (Ti) substrate to enhance the osteoblast activity of MG-63 cells. Ti substrates were first modified through heparin-dopamine (Hep-DOPA) anchorage. Then, LF was immobilized on the Hep-Ti substrates via electrostatic interactions. Hep-Ti substrates, with or without LF, were evaluated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and contact angle measurements. Sustained release of LF on the Ti substrates was observed over a 28-day period. In vitro studies of osteoblast activity showed increased alkaline phosphatase activity and calcium deposition by MG-63 cells cultured on LF-immobilized Ti substrates as compared to those cultured on pristine Ti substrates, indicating that LF-immobilized Ti substrates were effective at enhancing osteoblast activity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)191-198
Number of pages8
JournalColloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Nov 1



  • Heparin-dopamine
  • Lactoferrin
  • Osteoblast
  • Osteogenic differentiation
  • Titanium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry

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