An analysis of the morphological and biological properties of a novel human leukocyte- and platelet- rich concentrate
Peck, Mogammad Thabit
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Wound healing is a complex process that involves several overlapping and interacting biological pathways. The consequences of delayed or abnormal wound healing may result in tissue formation that has impaired function or structural abnormalities. As a result, clinicians have sought ways to enhance this process. Recently, the use of autologous platelet concentrates have become popular in the management of wound healing sites. However, controversy exists as to how these biomaterials should be prepared and applied. We therefore sought to investigate whether a biologically viable and clinically effective platelet concentrate could be prepared using standard laboratory equipment. The findings are presented in a series of articles that have been published in peer-reviewed journals. The results suggest that the experimental platelet concentrate produced, has a morphological structure that consists of a dense fibrin network intermingled with platelets, has the ability to accelerate cellular growth in-vitro, has no adverse effects on cells in-vitro, can concentrate and release a systemically ingested antibiotic over a period of 24 hours in-vitro, can be stored for at least 60 minutes without showing signs of deterioration, and has shown clinical evidence of accelerating wound healing in sinus augmentation and alveolar ridge preservation procedures. The reduced cost of producing such a biomaterial allows it to be available to resource poor settings and to wider range of healthcare providers as compared to standard platelet concentration techniques. Further studies are required to investigate the clinical potential of this promising biomaterial.