Advancements in regenerative platelet therapy
The use of blood platelets in regenerative medicine
Over the last two decades, many attempts have been made in the field of wound regeneration with the aim of predictably repairing, regenerating, or restoring damaged and diseased tissues. These include strategies which utilize foreign materials often derived from allografts, xenografts, or synthetically produced alloplasts to regenerate host tissues [1-4]. Although these materials have shown promise in various aspects of regenerative medicine, it is important to note that all of these methods create a “foreign body reaction”, whereby a foreign material reacts with human host tissue. This concept in wound healing has led to a push in the development of natural autologous treatment methods with the aim of controlling and improving the healing process. This desire to use autologous grafting materials to improve wound healing characteristics has led to many advancements in blood platelet therapy protocols.
The concept of gathering platelets from blood, as a means of regenerating tissue, dates back over 20 years with the advent of PRP technology. This technology was created to utilize human blood proteins as a source of growth factors capable of supporting tissue growth . This area of research was of great interest for many clinicians because blood platelets have been shown to secrete a number of important growth factors that are responsible for controlling the healing process. These platelet components include: platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), coagulation factors, adhesion molecules, cytokines, chemokines, and a variety of other angiogenic factors capable of stimulating the proliferation and activation of cells involved in the wound healing process .
This understanding of blood platelet concentrations resulted in the discovery of PRP in the 1990's . Although PRP was an incredible technology for its time, several drawbacks prevent PRP from becoming more widely used today. Due to the centrifugation protocols implemented by the PRP process, the use of anti-coagulants is necessary to prevent clotting. These anti-clotting agents include bovine thrombin or CaCl2, both known inhibitors of wound healing . Another drawback of PRP is the lengthy time of harvesting, centrifugation, and processing. This makes the implementation of PRP in small surgeries difficult, as treatment time is an important aspect of effective patient care. The most crucial drawback of PRP is the length of time in which growth factors are released once introduced to a surgical site. Clinical research has shown that the release of growth factors from PRP is much faster than the release rate demonstrated in PRF and A-PRFTM . It has been suggested that a preferential release of growth factors may be obtained by a more slowly releasing curve over time, opposed to a quick and short burst, as found using PRP [8-10]. This slow release of growth factors through the entire healing process is essential for proper wound healing as various cells preform different functions during the various stages of healing [18,32]. The desire to create a more optimized method of reintroducing growth factors over a longer period resulted in the creation of PRF: the next generation of platelet wound healing.
Advanced PRF for regenerative wound healing
Platelet Rich Fibrin: an advancement in platelet wound healing
The creation of PRF was a direct response to the drawbacks and limitations of PRP in regenerative medicine. In the early 2000’s the objective of many researchers was to create a method of delivering growth factors without the use of anti-coagulates or other foreign additives . One of the doctors at the forefront of this research was Dr. Joseph Choukroun, a pain management specialist from France. Dr. Choukroun is responsible for conducting countless studies on wound healing and tissue grafting and is credited with the invention of PRF, Advanced A-PRFTM, and Injectable I-PRFTM. Dr. Choukroun initially tested various spin protocols at relatively high speeds without the use of additives. This research resulted in a three-dimensional fibrin matrix, termed PRF [12-14]. Unlike PRP, the elimination of anti-coagulants enabled clinicians to create PRF as both a fibrin clot as well as acellular plasma. Within the fibrin matrix are varieties of platelet growth factors responsible for controlling the wound healing process .
When evaluating the concentrations of growth factors within PRF, it is important to examine their biological roles in regards to wound healing. PRF contains TGF-beta, a known agent responsible for the rapid proliferation of various cell types found in the oral cavity [15, 16]. Another important growth factor is PFGF, an essential regulator for the migration, proliferation, and survival of mesenchymal cells. The third important growth factor in PRF is VEGF responsible for angiogenesis and future blood flow to damaged tissues . Research has shown that the concentration and release rate of these growth factors plays a tremendous role in wound healing . Knowing this, Dr. Choukroun set out to create optimized centrifugation parameters, which allows for the creation of a highly concentrated fibrin matrix that has a slower rate of growth factor release. After years of research examining the impact of spin speeds and spin time on the structure of PRF, Dr. Choukroun developed new centrifugation parameters using the low- speed centrifugation concept (LSCC). This concept states that, at lower rotational speeds, the concentration of growth factors increases due to a reduction in cell “pull down” . Since the discovery of LSCC, researchers have tested various centrifugation speeds and exposure times and have monitored the changes to cell structure and density. This research into protocol optimization led to the discovery A-PRFTM, I-PRFTM, and S-PRFTM which were developed using the LSCC.
Advanced A-PRFTM and Injectable I-PRFTM
To understand the advantages of A-PRFTM, S-PRFTM, I-PRFTM it is important to understand what is happening when blood is subjected to the forces of centrifugation. When blood is spun within a centrifuge, a g-force is applied to the collection tubes due to the rotation of the centrifuge rotor. As a result, the blood within the collection tubes is subjected to the same force, driving growth factors to the bottom of the collection tubes. The faster the rotational speed, the larger the force applied to the blood within the tubes. Therefore, a reduction in the centrifugation speed results in a reduction of the force driving cells downwards towards the bottom of the tube (Figure 1.1) . After a fibrin membrane is created using centrifugation, the bottom of the clot that is dense with red blood cells is removed before introducing the clot to a surgical site with LSCC protocols. The migration of growth factors to the bottom of the clot is minimized, resulting is less growth factors being removed during processing .
The reduction in growth factor removal during processing produces a highly concentrated PRF clot, which has many benefits when compared to PRP and L-PRFTM. A-PRFTM,S-PRFTM, and I- PRFTM have shown a higher total release of growth factors when compared to PRP over a 10-day period. It has also been shown that both A-PRF and A-PRF+ have significantly higher levels of human gingival fibroblast migration and proliferation when compared to L-PRFTM . In a study conducted by Dr. Choukroun and his colleagues, it was also shown that the use of LSCC increased growth factor release of TGF-beta1, PDGF-AA, PFGF-AB, PDGF-BB, VEGF, IGF, and EGF when compared to high-speed protocols . This change in growth factor concentration and release time is what separates A-PRFTM,S-PRFTM, and I-PRFTM protocols from older methods of blood centrifugation, such as those implemented by PRP and L-PRFTM.
Applications of A-PRFTM, I-PRFTM, and S-PRFTM
The indications of A-PRFTM, I-PRFTM,and S-PRFTM are widespread and include the following applications:
- Extraction Sockets 
- Sinus Grafting 
- Root Coverage 
- Intrabony & furcation defects 
- Peri-implant defects 
- Around dental implants 
- GBR 
- Facial Injections 
The Process for PRF System
The use of A-PRFTM,I-PRFTM, and S-PRFTM plasma pose a variety of advantages that benefit both patient and clinician. Listed below are some of the advantages that the Process for PRF system can provide to your practice:
- Reduction in surgical costs — Material costs is approximately $15/patient
- Increased tissue growth — Higher growth factor release compared to PRP and L-PRFTM 
- Natural healing — A-PRFTM, I-PRFTM, and S-PRFTM are processed entirely without the use of additives 
- Safe to use — All components of the Process for PRF system have been cleared with the FDA
- Infection resistance — Shown to have as much as a 10-fold decrease in osteomyelitis infections 
- Graft additive — Used to improve the handling characteristics of grafting materials- "Sticky Bone" 
- Improves surgical success — Uses growth factors to improve the likelihood of surgical success
- Reduces patient pain — Has been shown to reduce postoperative pain 
- Reduces healing time — Ability to shorten the overall healing period [23-26]
A-PRFTM and I-PRFTM Clinical Cases
Improving surgical success with A-PRFTM, S-PRFTM, & I-PRFTM
PRF as a tool for clincal success
Using A-PRFTM, S-PRFTM,and I-PRFTM ensures that you are providing your patients with the highest likelihood of surgical success, especially when the health of the patient is not ideal. During challenging procedures, A-PRFTM, S-PRFTM, and I-PRFTM can be used to not only improve surgical results, but also ease the difficulty of performing surgical operations. The combination of grafting materials with A-PRFTM, S-PRFTM, and I-PRFTM yields a material called “sticky bone”; a jelly-like matrix of grafting particulate and solidified acellular plasma (Figure 1.2). This material provides surgeons with optimal graft handling characteristics, making the transportation and application of grafting materials easy and predictable. A-PRFTM fibrin clots can be manipulated using the A-PRF Box MK2. This devise allows for the creation of both fibrin membranes as well as cylindrical plugs that can be used as barrier membranes . Fibrin membranes can also be cut into small pieces and mixed with grafting materials to form sticky bone.
The creation of sticky bone can also be achieved with the use of S-PRFTM. The applications of S-PRFTM span far beyond its use as an additive for bone grafting. The use of I-PRFTM for facial injections is becoming a popular alternative to current PRP and Botox treatments. I-PRFTM provides a natural and safe alternative to traditional injection solutions, which allows clinicians to inject the site directly with growth factors to stimulate tissue growth without the fear of toxicity or infection . The injection of I-PRF creates a microenvironment capable of slowly releasing growth factors over an extended period. Leukocytes from the I-PRFTM ensure and provoke the physiological inflammation process by secreting an increased concentration of leukocyte growth factors. Research continues to reveal new properties and benefits of A-PRFTM, S-PRFTM, and I-PRFTM and is still the focus of many scientists’ research such as Dr. Choukroun.
The Process for PRF Systems
The Process for PRF System is available with two package options:
Starter System: PRF-STARTERKIT ($2700USD)
Includes: Centrifuge, PRF-BCK, PRF-IS (See Below)
Professional System: PRF-PROFESSIONALSYSTEM ($3295 USD)
Includes: Centrifuge, PRF-BCK, 2 x PRF-IS (See Below)
Blood Collection Kit: PRF-BCK
Includes items below
Reusable tourniquet PRF-TORNIQUET
Blood collection butterflies 21G (24/box) PRF-TORNIQUET
Red-top collection tubes (100/box) PRF-TORNIQUET
Green-top collection tubes (24/box) PRF-SPRF
PRF Instrument Set: PRF-IS
Includes items below
MK2 A-PRFTM BOX PRF-PRFBOXMK2
PolySteriboxTM sterilization cassette PRF-STERIBOX
PolySteriboxTM silicon bed PRF-BED
Curved goldman fox PRF scissors, TC PRF-CSX
PRF forceps straight PRF-FORCEPS
PRF forceps giraffe PRF-GIRAFE
Double ended graft spoon PRF-D.SPOON
Large graft packer PRF-BIGCOMPACT
Small graft packer PRF-SMALLCOMPACT
PRF pad PRF-PAD
Rectangular PRF tray PRF-TRAY
PRF bowl PRF-BOWL
Test tube rack PRF-TUBEHOLDER
Membrane tray PRF-MEMTRAY
DUO QUATTRO CENTRIFUGE
The DUO Quattro centrifuge is designed with 6 easy to use pre-programmed settings. These settings allow you to select the appropriate spin protocol depending on the needs of your patient. A 7th setting is also provided which allows clinicians to alter spin speeds and cycle time. The design of the DUO Quatto limits vibration, resulting in low vibration cycling.
The selection of blood collection tube material is depended on the type of PRF that you wish to create. Red top glass tubes are used to create A-PRFTM fibrin clots whereas the green top plastic vials are used to create S-PRFTM plasma. Both green and red tubes can be used with the blood collection needle set provided. Unlike some competitors, all of the blood draw equipment is provided sterile in FDA compliant packaging.
PROCESSING & INSTRUMENTATION
The instruments provided in the Process for PRF system allow for the manipulation and transportation of PRF fibrin clots. Included in the kit is the newly redesigned A-PRF MK2 BOX; a stainless steel container which allows for the pressing of fibrin clots into various forms. The MK2 BOX allows clinicians to produce A-PRF membranes, A-PRF plugs, as well as S-PRF plasma membranes.
Also included in the kit are a series of hand instruments which provide clinicians with the ability to easily modify and transport fibrin membranes. A stainless steel bowl and tray are included in the kit which gives clinicians a sterile working surface to modify fibrin clots and mix grafting materials. These instruments provide clinicians with all of the tooling needed to process both A-PRFTM and S-PRFTM easily and predictably.
STERILIZATION & INSTRUMENT CARE
The instruments provided by the Process for PRF system can be easily transported and sterilized in the PolySteribox. This cassette has a specialy designed PTFE filter which allows the box to be sterilized outside of a sterile pack. Once sterilized, the Polysteribox filters will keep the contents inside the box sterile for several weeks. Due to its semi-transparent material, the contents of the PolySteriboc are visible and can be examined without opening the box. Sterilization seals indicate if the box has already been sterilized. Matainence of the Polysteribox is simple, with only basic visual checks needed. This cassette allows you to both store and sterilize all of the instrumentation provided in the Process for PRF system.
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