The biological functions of europium-containing biomaterials: A systematic review

Mater Today Bio. 2023 Feb 24;19:100595. doi: 10.1016/j.mtbio.2023.100595. eCollection 2023 Apr.


The biological functions of rare-earth elements (REEs) have become a focus of intense research. Recent studies have demonstrated that ion doping or alloying of some REEs can optimize the properties of traditional biomaterials. Europium (Eu), which is an REE with low toxicity and good biocompatibility, has promising applications in biomedicine. This article systematically reviews the osteogenic, angiogenic, neuritogenic, antibacterial, and anti-tumor properties of Eu-containing biomaterials, thereby paving the way for biomedical applications of Eu. Data collection for this review was completed in October 2022, and 30 relevant articles were finally included. Most articles indicated that doping of Eu ions or Eu-compound nanoparticles in biomaterials can improve their osteogenic, angiogenic, neuritogenic, antibacterial, and anti-tumor properties. The angiogenic, antibacterial, and potential neuritogenic effects of Eu(OH)3 nanoparticles have also been demonstrated.

PMID:36910271 | PMC:PMC9996443 | DOI:10.1016/j.mtbio.2023.100595


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