The present study was designed to investigate the local microenvironment of octacalcium phosphate in a granule form upon biomolecules adsorption utilizing an indicator-immobilized-gel-sheet for measuring pH. We previously showed that octacalcium phosphate enhances bone regeneration during its progressive hydrolysis into hydroxyapatite if implanted in bone defects. The gel-sheet was made from a photocrosslinkable prepolymer solution, which can easily immobilize a pH indicator (bromothymol blue; BTB) in the hydrogel. The indicator-immobilized-gel-sheet was mounted on a biochip which was made of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) with a flow channel. The pH value was calculated by detecting the color changes in the gel-sheet and displayed as the pH distribution. After pre-adsorption of bovine albumin, β-lactoglobuline or cytochrome C onto octacalcium phosphate granules, the granules with the gel-sheet were further incubated in Tris-HCl buffer solution in the absence or presence of fluoride, known as an accelerator of octacalcium phosphate hydrolysis. pH values of the gel-sheet surrounding octacalcium phosphate granules showed a decrease from pH 7.4 to 6.6 in relation to the proteins adsorbed. Overall, the proposed pH-sensitive gel can be used to detect the pH around octacalcium phosphate granules with a high spatial resolution.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Biomedical Engineering