Bio-inspired stable antimicrobial peptide coatings for dental applications

Kyle V. Holmberg, Mahsa Abdolhosseini, Yuping Li, Xi Chen, Sven-Ulrik Gorr, Conrado Aparicio

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We developed a novel titanium coating that has applications for preventing infection-related implant failures in dentistry and orthopedics. The coating incorporates an antimicrobial peptide, GL13K, derived from parotid secretory protein, which has been previously shown to be bactericidal and bacteriostatic in solution. We characterized the resulting physicochemical properties, resistance to degradation, activity against Porphyromonas gingivalis and in vitro cytocompatibility. Porphyromonas gingivalis is a pathogen associated with dental peri-implantitis, an inflammatory response to bacteria resulting in bone loss and implant failure. Our surface modifications obtained a homogeneous, highly hydrophobic and strongly anchored GL13K coating that was resistant to mechanical, thermochemical and enzymatic degradation. The GL13K coatings had a bactericidal effect and thus significantly reduced the number of viable bacteria compared to control surfaces. Finally, adequate proliferation of osteoblasts and human gingival fibroblasts demonstrated the GL13K coating's cytocompatibility. The robustness, antimicrobial activity and cytocompatibility of GL13K-biofunctionalized titanium make it a promising candidate for sustained inhibition of bacterial biofilm growth. This surface chemistry provides a basis for development of multifunctional bioactive surfaces to reduce patient morbidities and improve long-term clinical efficacy of metallic dental and orthopedic implants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8224-8231
Number of pages8
JournalActa Biomaterialia
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2013

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors thank Drs. R. Chen, E. Jensen, B. Luo and R. Hegde, and Mr. Y. Maazouz for their technical assistance. Funding: 3M Non-tenured Faculty Award (C.A.), UMN-SOD Summer Fellowship (K.V.H.) and PHS grant R01DE017989 from the NIDCR (S.U.G.). Parts of this work were carried out in the Characterization Facility, University of Minnesota, which receives partial support from NSF through the MRSEC program.


  • Antimicrobial coating
  • Biofunctionalization
  • Parotid secretory protein
  • Peptides
  • Titanium


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