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rhBMP-2/Calcium Phosphate Matrix Induces Bone Formation While Limiting Transient Bone Resorption in a Nonhuman Primate Core Defect Model

Seeherman, Howard J., PhD, VMD1; Li, X. Jian, MD1; Smith, Erica, PhD2; Wozney, John M., PhD1

doi: 10.2106/JBJS.K.00523
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Background: Transient bone resorption limits the use of recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2 (rhBMP-2)/absorbable collagen sponge in metaphyseal bone. The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the efficacy of rhBMP-2/calcium phosphate matrix (CPM) to induce bone formation while limiting transient bone resorption in nonhuman primate core defects.

Methods: Metaphyseal core defects were created in eighteen cynomolgus monkeys. rhBMP-2 retention was evaluated in the distal part of the radius. Bone formation was evaluated at eight weeks following treatment with 1.5 or 4.5-mg/mL rhBMP-2/CPM, CPM alone, or no treatment in the distal part of the radius, the proximal part of the tibia, and the proximal part of the femur; at twenty-four weeks following treatment with 1.5-mg/mL rhBMP-2/CPM or CPM alone in the proximal part of the tibia; and at one, two, and four weeks following treatment with 1.5-mg/mL rhBMP-2/CPM or no treatment in the distal part of the radius. Bone resorption was evaluated at four weeks following treatment with 1.5, 2.0, 3.0, and 4.5-mg/mL rhBMP-2/CPM or CPM alone in the distal part of the femur. Evaluations were performed with use of scintigraphy, radiographs, histological analysis, and computed tomography.

Results: Seventy-eight percent, 64%, 50%, 35%, and 12% of the rhBMP-2 was retained in the distal part of the radius at one, seven, fourteen, twenty-one, and forty-nine days after surgery. rhBMP-2/CPM increased bone formation within core defects and surrounding trabeculae compared with CPM alone or no treatment at all anatomic locations at eight weeks, and bone formation was ongoing in the rhBMP-2/CPM-treated proximal tibial sites at twenty-four weeks. Bone formation began in the trabeculae surrounding the core defects at one week and was observed adjacent to the resorbing CPM within the core defects and in the surrounding trabecular bone at two and four weeks in the rhBMP-2/CPM-treated distal radial sites. Bone formation was confined to the region immediately surrounding the core defects in the untreated distal radial sites at all time points. Transient bone resorption was only observed in the distal femoral sites treated with 4.5 mg/mL of rhBMP-2/CPM at two weeks.

Conclusions: Treatment of nonhuman primate metaphyseal core defects with 1.5 to 3.0-mg/mL rhBMP-2/CPM resulted in bone formation without transient bone resorption.

Clinical Relevance: rhBMP-2/CPM may be useful to accelerate healing of metaphyseal bone defects in humans.

1Inflammation and Tissue Repair, Pfizer Discovery Research, 200 Cambridge Park Drive, Cambridge, MA 02140. E-mail address for H.J. Seeherman:

2Charles River Laboratories International, Inc., 251 Ballardvale Street, Wilmington, MA 01887

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