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Master of Science in Dentistry



First Advisor

Zhao Lin

Second Advisor

Thomas C. Waldrop

Third Advisor

Harvey Schenkein

Fourth Advisor

Alvin Best


Background: Directing autogenous Mesenchymal Stem Cell (MSC) to defect sites has a great promise in bone regeneration. We designed a MSC specific, bone affinity peptide (E7HA7) by conjugating E7 with a polyglutamate hydroxyapatite (HA) binding motif. We sought to characterize the in-vivo releasing pattern and bioactivity of E7HA7. Methods: HA discs were coated with fluorescent labeled peptides E7HA7, E7HA2 or E7 were subcutaneously implanted in Sprague Dawley rats. In an ectopic bone formation model was used to test the in-vivo bioactivity of E7HA7 conjugated to DBM. Results: E7HA7 showed slower peptide release from scaffolds in comparison to other groups, being statistically significant at week 2 compared to E7, and to E7HA2 at week 4 and 8. In ectopic model, the medians for new bone formation in each group were: iDBM=0.041mm3, iDBM-E7=0.071mm3, aDBM=0.138mm3, and aDBM-E7=0.192mm3. Conclusions: Conjugation of E7 to polyglutamate bone binding domain showed slow releasing kinetics and osteoinductive potential.


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