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FTIR/ATR study of protein adsorption and brushite transformation to hydroxyapatite.

Previous study has demonstrated that brushite (CaHPO4 x 2H2O), modified by partial potassium substitution for calcium, can transform quickly into hydroxyapatite (HA, Ca5(PO4)3OH) when exposed to aqueous salt solutions at room temperature. Analyses techniques used in those studies required sample retrieval from solution, which may alter the sample surface. In this work FTIR/ ATR was used in analysis, enabling in situ study of the transformation within the aqueous environment. To test the biocompatibility of this brushite, cellular response to the transformation needs to be understood. Cellular response was initiated by bovine serum albumin adsorption on the brushite surface. The response was studied by monitoring the conformation of the adsorbed protein, which is critical to cellular reaction. This required monitoring the brushite transformation and surface adsorbed protein conformation simultaneously which can be realized using FTIR/ATR. Based on band fitting and second derivative results from the spectra it was found that the conformation of the adsorbed BSA changes during the brushite transformation to HA. This study also demonstrated that the deposition of the brushite could be monitored in real time which offers the possibility for studying surface bonding during electrodeposition.[1]


  1. FTIR/ATR study of protein adsorption and brushite transformation to hydroxyapatite. Xie, J., Riley, C., Kumar, M., Chittur, K. Biomaterials (2002) [Pubmed]
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