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Mediators of Inflammation
Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 9595706, 12 pages
Research Article

Systemic and Local Administration of Antimicrobial and Cell Therapies to Prevent Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus epidermidis-Induced Femoral Nonunions in a Rat Model

1Cell and Tissue Engineering Laboratory, IRCCS Galeazzi Orthopaedic Institute, 20161 Milan, Italy
2Laboratory of Clinical Chemistry and Microbiology, IRCCS Galeazzi Orthopaedic Institute, 20161 Milan, Italy
3Department of Biomedical Science for Health, University of Milan, 20133 Milan, Italy
4Department of Veterinary Medicine (DiMeVet), University of Milan, 20133 Milan, Italy
5MAP Laboratory, Fondazione Filarete, 20139 Milan, Italy
6Laboratory of Experimental Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, IRCCS Galeazzi Orthopaedic Institute, 20161 Milan, Italy
7Department of Reconstructive Surgery of Osteoarticular Infections, CRIO Unit, IRCCS Galeazzi Orthopaedic Institute, 20161 Milan, Italy

Received 1 March 2016; Revised 6 June 2016; Accepted 8 June 2016

Academic Editor: Vera L. Petricevich

Copyright © 2016 Arianna B. Lovati et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


S. epidermidis is responsible for biofilm-related nonunions. This study compares the response to S. epidermidis-infected fractures in rats systemically or locally injected with vancomycin or bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) in preventing the nonunion establishment. The 50% of rats receiving BMSCs intravenously (s-rBMSCs) died after treatment. A higher cytokine trend was measured in BMSCs locally injected rats (l-rBMSCs) at day 3 and in vancomycin systemically injected rats (l-VANC) at day 7 compared to the other groups. At day 14, the highest cytokine values were measured in l-VANC and in l-rBMSCs for IL-10. µCT showed a good bony bridging in s-VANC and excellent both in l-VANC and in l-rBMSCs. The bacterial growth was lower in s-VANC and l-VANC than in l-rBMSCs. Histology demonstrated the presence of new woven bone in s-VANC and a more mature bony bridging was found in l-VANC. The l-rBMSCs showed a poor bony bridging of fibrovascular tissue. Our results could suggest the synergic use of systemic and local injection of vancomycin as an effective treatment to prevent septic nonunions. This study cannot sustain the systemic injection of BMSCs due to high risks, while a deeper insight into local BMSCs immunomodulatory effects is mandatory before developing cell therapies in clinics.