Antibacterial Biomaterial Based on Bioglass Modified with Copper for Implants Coating

Imen Hammami, Sílvia Rodrigues Gavinho, Suresh Kumar Jakka, Manuel Almeida Valente, Manuel Pedro Fernandes Graça, Ana Sofia Pádua, Jorge Carvalho Silva, Isabel Sá-Nogueira, João Paulo Borges

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Biofilm-related implant infections pose a substantial threat to patients, leading to inflammation in the surrounding tissue, and often resulting in implant loss and the necessity for additional surgeries. Overcoming this implantology challenge is crucial to ensure the success and durability of implants. This study shows the development of antibacterial materials for implant coatings by incorporating copper into 45S5 Bioglass®. By combining the regenerative properties of Bioglass® with the antimicrobial effects of copper, this material has the potential to prevent infections, enhance osseointegration and improve the long-term success of implants. Bioglasses modified with various concentrations of CuO (from 0 to 8 mol%) were prepared with the melt-quenching technique. Structural analysis using Raman and FTIR spectroscopies did not reveal significant alterations in the bioglasses structure with the addition of Cu. The antibacterial activity of the samples was assessed against Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria, and the results demonstrated significant inhibition of bacterial growth for the bioglass with 0.5 mol% of CuO. Cell viability studies indicated that the samples modified with up to 4 mol% of CuO maintained good cytocompatibility with the Saos-2 cell line at extract concentrations up to 25 mg/mL. Furthermore, the bioactivity assessment demonstrated the formation of a calcium phosphate (CaP)-rich layer on the surfaces of all bioglasses within 24 h. Our findings show that the inclusion of copper in the bioglass offers a significant enhancement in its potential as a coating material for implants, resulting in notable advancements in both antibacterial efficacy and osteointegration properties.
Original languageEnglish
Article number369
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Functional Biomaterials
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jul 2023


  • antibacterial activity
  • bioactivity
  • Bioglass
  • copper
  • implant coating
  • osseointegration


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