Biocompatibility is an important factor in the development of orthopedic implants as well as in the development of new tissue culture devices. Polysulphone has been used for orthopedic implants because of its mechanical properties, ease of sterilization, molding capacity, and biocompatibility. Therefore, polysulphone has been chosen as the prime material for the construction of tissue culture devices to be used for the cultivation of osteogenic cells (preosteoblast-like MN7 cells and primary bone marrow fragments), as well as complete fetal long bone explants under space flight conditions. Whereas polysulphone did not interfere with the proliferation in early stages of bone-forming cells, we show that leachable factors within the polysulphone polymer prevented the final steps of matrix formation as measured by collagen synthesis and matrix mineralization. These data argue against polysulphone as a material for orthopedic implants.
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