Development of novel waxy bone haemostatic agents composed of biodegradable polymers with osteogenic-enhancing peptides in rabbit models

Tsukasa Ohno, Hiroto Suenaga, Aika Yamawaki-Ogata, Kei Kanie, Ryuji Kato, Koichiro Uto, Mitsuhiro Ebara, Hideki Ito, Yuji Narita, Akihiko Usui, Masato Mutsuga

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Objectives: The use of bone wax (BW) is controversial for sternal haemostasis because it increases the risk of wound infection and inhibits bone healing. We developed new waxy bone haemostatic agents made from biodegradable polymers containing peptides and evaluated them using rabbit models. Methods: We designed 2 types of waxy bone haemostatic agents: peptide wax (PW) and non-peptide wax (NPW), which used poly(ϵ-caprolactone)-based biodegradable polymers with or without an osteogenesis-enhancing peptide, respectively. Rabbits were randomly divided into 4 groups based on treatment with BW, NPW, PW or no treatment. In a tibial defect model, the bleeding amount was measured and bone healing was evaluated by micro-computed tomography over 16 weeks. Bone healing in a median sternotomy model was assessed for 2 weeks using X-ray, micro-computed tomography, histological examination and flexural strength testing. Results: The textures of PW and NPW (n = 12 each) were similar to that of BW and achieved a comparable degree of haemostasis. The crevice area of the sternal fracture line in the BW group was significantly larger than that in other groups (n = 10 each). The PW group demonstrated the strongest sternal flexural strength (n = 10), with complete tibial healing at 16 weeks. No groups exhibited wound infection, including osteomyelitis. Conclusions: Waxy biodegradable haemostatic agents showed satisfactory results in haemostasis and bone healing in rabbit models and may be an effective alternative to BW.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberivad170
JournalInterdisciplinary cardiovascular and thoracic surgery
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 01-11-2023
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Surgery


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