AAPS PharmSciTech

, Volume 18, Issue 2, pp 529–538 | Cite as

Preparation and Evaluations of Mangiferin-Loaded PLGA Scaffolds for Alveolar Bone Repair Treatment Under the Diabetic Condition

  • Hao Li
  • Hongbing Liao
  • Chongyun Bao
  • Yu Xiao
  • Qi Wang
Research Article


The aim of the present study was to prepare and evaluate a sustained-release mangiferin scaffold for improving alveolar bone defect repair in diabetes. Mangiferin-loaded poly(D,L-lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) scaffolds were prepared using a freeze-drying technique with ice particles as the porogen material. The produced scaffolds were examined using a scanning electron microscope (SEM). Drug content and drug release were detected using a spectrophotometer. Degradation behaviors were monitored as a measure of weight loss and examined using SEM. Then, the scaffolds were incubated with rat bone marrow stromal cells under the diabetic condition in vitro, and cell viability was assessed using an 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay. Afterward, the scaffolds were implanted into alveolar bone defects of diabetic rats, and bone repair was examined using hematoxylin and eosin staining. The fabricated scaffolds showed porous structures, with average pore size range from 111.35 to 169.45 μm. A higher PLGA concentration led to decreased average pore size. A lower PLGA concentration or a higher mangiferin concentration resulted in increased drug content. The prepared scaffolds released mangiferin in a sustained manner with relatively low initial burst during 10 weeks. Their degradation ratios gradually increased as degradation proceeded. The mangiferin-loaded scaffolds attenuated cell viability decrease under the diabetic condition in vitro. Moreover, they increased histological scorings of bone regeneration and improved delayed alveolar bone defect healing in diabetic rats. These results suggest that the produced mangiferin-loaded scaffolds may provide a potential approach in the treatment of impaired alveolar bone healing in diabetes.


alveolar bone repair diabetes mangiferin scaffold 



This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 81200794), Guangxi Natural Science Foundation (No. 2015GXNSFBA139140), Guangxi Scientific and Technologic Research Project of Colleges and Universities (No. KY2015YB060), and Youth Science Foundation of Guangxi Medical University (No. GXMUYSF2014017).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Prosthodontics, the Affiliated Hospital of StomatologyGuangxi Medical UniversityNanningPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.State Key Laboratory of Oral Diseases, West China Hospital of StomatologySichuan UniversityChengduPeople’s Republic of China

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