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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895502/characterization-of-the-epicardial-adipose-tissue-in-decellularized-human-scaled-whole-hearts-implications-for-the-whole-heart-tissue-engineering
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Payam Akhyari, Fabian Oberle, Joern Huelsmann, Hans Heid, Stefan Lehr, Andreas Barbian, Sentaro Nakanishi, Hug Aubin, Alexander Jenke, Artur Lichtenberg
Whole-organ engineering is an innovative field of regenerative medicine with growing translational perspectives. Recent reports suggest the feasibility of decellularization and repopulation of entire human size hearts. However, little is known about the susceptibility of epicardial adipose tissue (EAT) to decellularization. Here, human size hearts of ovine donors were subjected to perfusion-based decellularization using detergent solutions. Upon basic histological evaluation and total DNA measurement myocardial regions prove largely decellularized while EAT demonstrated cellular remnants, further confirmed by transmission electron microscopy...
September 12, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895403/injectable-carbon-nanotube-functionalized-reverse-thermal-gel-promotes-cardiomyocytes-survival-and-maturation
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Brisa Peña, Susanna Bosi, Brian A Aguado, Daniele Borin, Nikki L Farnsworth, Evgenia Dobrinskikh, Teisha J Rowland, Valentina Martinelli, Mark Jeong, Matthew R G Taylor, Carlin S Long, Robin Shandas, Orfeo Sbaizero, Maurizio Prato, Kristi S Anseth, Daewon Park, Luisa Mestroni
The ability of the adult heart to regenerate cardiomyocytes (CMs) lost after injury is limited, generating interest in developing efficient cell-based transplantation therapies. Rigid carbon nanotubes (CNTs) scaffolds have been used to improve CMs viability, proliferation, and maturation, but they require undesirable invasive surgeries for implantation. To overcome this limitation, we developed an injectable reverse thermal gel (RTG) functionalized with CNTs (RTG-CNT) that transitions from a solution at room temperature to a three-dimensional (3D) gel-based matrix shortly after reaching body temperature...
September 12, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28890780/recellularization-of-decellularized-heart-valves-progress-toward-the-tissue-engineered-heart-valve
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REVIEW
Mitchell C VeDepo, Michael S Detamore, Richard A Hopkins, Gabriel L Converse
The tissue-engineered heart valve portends a new era in the field of valve replacement. Decellularized heart valves are of great interest as a scaffold for the tissue-engineered heart valve due to their naturally bioactive composition, clinical relevance as a stand-alone implant, and partial recellularization in vivo. However, a significant challenge remains in realizing the tissue-engineered heart valve: assuring consistent recellularization of the entire valve leaflets by phenotypically appropriate cells...
January 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28875152/artificial-cardiac-muscle-with-or-without-the-use-of-scaffolds
#4
REVIEW
Yifei Li, Donghui Zhang
During the past several decades, major advances and improvements now promote better treatment options for cardiovascular diseases. However, these diseases still remain the single leading cause of death worldwide. The rapid development of cardiac tissue engineering has provided the opportunity to potentially restore the contractile function and retain the pumping feature of injured hearts. This conception of cardiac tissue engineering can enable researchers to produce autologous and functional biomaterials which represents a promising technique to benefit patients with cardiovascular diseases...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28857113/myofibrils-in-cardiomyocytes-tend-to-assemble-along-the-maximal-principle-stress-directions
#5
Hongyan Yuan, Bahador Marzban, Kevin Kit Parker
The mechanisms underlying the spatial organization of self-assembled myofibrils in cardiac tissues remain incompletely understood. By modeling cells as elastic solids under active cytoskeletal contraction, we found a good correlation between the predicted maximal principal stress directions and the in vitro myofibril orientations in individual cardiomyocytes. This implies that actomyosin fibers tend to assemble along the maximal tensile stress directions. By considering the dynamics of focal adhesion and myofibril formation in the model, we showed that the different patterns of myofibril organizations in mature versus immature cardiomyocytes can be explained as the consequence of the different levels of force-dependent remodeling of focal adhesions...
August 31, 2017: Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28855904/immunological-properties-of-murine-parthenogenetic-stem-cell-derived-cardiomyocytes-and-engineered-heart-muscle
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Michael Didié, Satish Galla, Vijayakumar Muppala, Ralf Dressel, Wolfram-Hubertus Zimmermann
Pluripotent parthenogenetic stem cells (pSCs) can be derived by pharmacological activation of unfertilized oocytes. Homozygosity of the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) in pSCs makes them an attractive cell source for applications in allogeneic tissue repair. This was recently demonstrated for pSC-based tissue-engineered heart repair. A detailed analysis of immunological properties of pSC-derived cardiomyocytes and engineered heart muscle (EHM) thereof is, however, lacking. The aim of this study was to determine baseline and cytokine-inducible MHC class I and MHC class II as well as programmed death ligand-1 (PDL-1) and co-stimulatory protein (CD40, CD80, CD86) expression in pSC-derived cardiomyocytes and pSC-EHM in vitro and in vivo...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28854488/histological-and-biomechanical-characterization-of-decellularized-porcine-pericardium-as-a-potential-scaffold-for-tissue-engineering-applications
#7
Panagiotis Mallis, Efstathios Michalopoulos, Constantine Dimitriou, Nikolaos Kostomitsopoulos, Catherine Stavropoulos-Giokas
BACKGROUND: Each year, more than 800,000 vascular and cardiac surgeries are performed therefore, there is a great need for suitable material for bioprosthetic operations. Porcine pericardium is a double-walled sac that covers the heart and can be used in vascular and cardiac thoracic surgery. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the present study was to evaluate the decellularization process and biomechanical properties in porcine pericardial tissue after the decellularization treatment...
2017: Bio-medical Materials and Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28832034/surface-modified-polymers-for-cardiac-tissue-engineering
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REVIEW
Ambigapathi Moorthi, Yu-Chang Tyan, Tze-Wen Chung
Cardiovascular disease (CVD), leading to myocardial infarction and heart failure, is one of the major causes of death worldwide. The physiological system cannot significantly regenerate the capabilities of a damaged heart. The current treatment involves pharmacological and surgical interventions; however, less invasive and more cost-effective approaches are sought. Such new approaches are developed to induce tissue regeneration following injury. Hence, regenerative medicine plays a key role in treating CVD...
August 23, 2017: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821762/multi-tissue-interactions-in-an-integrated-three-tissue-organ-on-a-chip-platform
#9
Aleksander Skardal, Sean V Murphy, Mahesh Devarasetty, Ivy Mead, Hyun-Wook Kang, Young-Joon Seol, Yu Shrike Zhang, Su-Ryon Shin, Liang Zhao, Julio Aleman, Adam R Hall, Thomas D Shupe, Andre Kleensang, Mehmet R Dokmeci, Sang Jin Lee, John D Jackson, James J Yoo, Thomas Hartung, Ali Khademhosseini, Shay Soker, Colin E Bishop, Anthony Atala
Many drugs have progressed through preclinical and clinical trials and have been available - for years in some cases - before being recalled by the FDA for unanticipated toxicity in humans. One reason for such poor translation from drug candidate to successful use is a lack of model systems that accurately recapitulate normal tissue function of human organs and their response to drug compounds. Moreover, tissues in the body do not exist in isolation, but reside in a highly integrated and dynamically interactive environment, in which actions in one tissue can affect other downstream tissues...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805830/in-vitro-and-in-vivo-analysis-of-visible-light-crosslinkable-gelatin-methacryloyl-gelma-hydrogels
#10
Iman Noshadi, Seonki Hong, Kelly E Sullivan, Ehsan Shirzaei Sani, Roberto Portillo-Lara, Ali Tamayol, Su Ryon Shin, Albert E Gao, Whitney L Stoppel, Lauren D Black Iii, Ali Khademhosseini, Nasim Annabi
Photocrosslinkable materials have been frequently used for constructing soft and biomimetic hydrogels for tissue engineering. Although ultraviolet (UV) light is commonly used for photocrosslinking such materials, its use has been associated with several biosafety concerns such as DNA damage, accelerated aging of tissues, and cancer. Here we report an injectable visible light crosslinked gelatin-based hydrogel for myocardium regeneration. Mechanical characterization revealed that the compressive moduli of the engineered hydrogels could be tuned in the range of 5-56 kPa by changing the concentrations of the initiator, co-initiator and co-monomer in the precursor formulation...
August 14, 2017: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805824/flexible-shape-memory-scaffold-for-minimally-invasive-delivery-of-functional-tissues
#11
Miles Montgomery, Samad Ahadian, Locke Davenport Huyer, Mauro Lo Rito, Robert A Civitarese, Rachel D Vanderlaan, Jun Wu, Lewis A Reis, Abdul Momen, Saeed Akbari, Aric Pahnke, Ren-Ke Li, Christopher A Caldarone, Milica Radisic
Despite great progress in engineering functional tissues for organ repair, including the heart, an invasive surgical approach is still required for their implantation. Here, we designed an elastic and microfabricated scaffold using a biodegradable polymer (poly(octamethylene maleate (anhydride) citrate)) for functional tissue delivery via injection. The scaffold's shape memory was due to the microfabricated lattice design. Scaffolds and cardiac patches (1 cm × 1 cm) were delivered through an orifice as small as 1 mm, recovering their initial shape following injection without affecting cardiomyocyte viability and function...
August 14, 2017: Nature Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798911/tissue-engineering-approaches-in-the-design-of-healthy-and-pathological-in-vitro-tissue-models
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REVIEW
Silvia Caddeo, Monica Boffito, Susanna Sartori
In the tissue engineering (TE) paradigm, engineering and life sciences tools are combined to develop bioartificial substitutes for organs and tissues, which can in turn be applied in regenerative medicine, pharmaceutical, diagnostic, and basic research to elucidate fundamental aspects of cell functions in vivo or to identify mechanisms involved in aging processes and disease onset and progression. The complex three-dimensional (3D) microenvironment in which cells are organized in vivo allows the interaction between different cell types and between cells and the extracellular matrix, the composition of which varies as a function of the tissue, the degree of maturation, and health conditions...
2017: Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783560/a-study-of-extracellular-matrix-remodeling-in-aortic-heart-valves-using-a-novel-biaxial-stretch-bioreactor
#13
Ying Lei, Shirin Masjedi, Zannatul Ferdous
In aortic valves, biaxial cyclic stretch is known to modulate cell differentiation, extracellular matrix (ECM) synthesis and organization. We designed a novel bioreactor that can apply independent and precise stretch along radial and circumferential directions in a tissue culture environment. While this bioreactor can be used for either native or engineered tissues, this study determined matrix remodeling and strain distribution of aortic cusps after culturing under biaxial stretch for 14 days. The contents of collagen and glycosaminoglycans were determined using standard biochemical assays and compared with fresh controls...
July 27, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782585/weaving-for-heart-valve-tissue-engineering
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REVIEW
Albert Liberski, Nadia Ayad, Dorota Wojciechowska, Radoslaw Kot, Duy M P Vo, Dilibaier Aibibu, Gerald Hoffmann, Chokri Cherif, Katharina Grobelny-Mayer, Marek Snycerski, Helmut Goldmann
Weaving is a resourceful technology which offers a large selection of solutions that are readily adaptable for tissue engineering (TE) of artificial heart valves (HV). The different ways that the yarns are interlaced in this technique could be used to produce complex architectures, such as the three-layer architecture of the leaflets. Once the assembly is complete, growth of cells in the scaffold would occur in the orientation of the yarn, enabling the deposition of extra cellular matrixes proteins in an oriented manner...
August 4, 2017: Biotechnology Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782083/current-challenges-in-translating-tissue-engineered-heart-valves
#15
REVIEW
O M J A Stassen, D E P Muylaert, C V C Bouten, J Hjortnaes
Heart valve disease is a major health burden, treated by either valve repair or valve replacement, depending on the affected valve. Nearly 300,000 valve replacements are performed worldwide per year. Valve replacement is lifesaving, but not without complications. The in situ tissue-engineered heart valve is a promising alternative to current treatments, but the translation of this novel technology to the clinic still faces several challenges. These challenges originate from the variety encountered in the patient population, the conversion of an implant into a living tissue, the highly mechanical nature of the heart valve, the complex homeostatic tissue that has to be reached at the end stage of the regenerating heart valve, and all the biomaterial properties that can be controlled to obtain this tissue...
September 2017: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776092/hepatocytic-differentiation-of-ips-cells-on-decellularized-liver-tissue
#16
Mitsuhi Hirata, Tetsuji Yamaoka
Decellularized tissues (DETs) have been attracting great attention as scaffolds for tissue-engineering approaches. Recently, some studies have reported that decellularized liver tissues (DLT) can provide an excellent environment for the hepatocytic differentiation of hepatic stem/progenitor cells that were already committed to the hepatocyte lineage. However, the effects of DLT on the hepatocytic differentiation of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSs) have not yet been established. Here we studied the hepatocytic differentiation of iPSs on DLT and decellularized heart tissues (DHT) in order to determine the tissue-specific effects of DETs on iPSs differentiation...
August 3, 2017: Journal of Artificial Organs: the Official Journal of the Japanese Society for Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774384/overcoming-the-roadblocks-to-cardiac-cell-therapy-using-tissue-engineering
#17
REVIEW
Mounica Yanamandala, Wuqiang Zhu, Daniel J Garry, Timothy J Kamp, Joshua M Hare, Ho-Wook Jun, Young-Sup Yoon, Nenad Bursac, Sumanth D Prabhu, Gerald W Dorn, Roberto Bolli, Richard N Kitsis, Jianyi Zhang
Transplantations of various stem cells or their progeny have repeatedly improved cardiac performance in animal models of myocardial injury; however, the benefits observed in clinical trials have been generally less consistent. Some of the recognized challenges are poor engraftment of implanted cells and, in the case of human cardiomyocytes, functional immaturity and lack of electrical integration, leading to limited contribution to the heart's contractile activity and increased arrhythmogenic risks. Advances in tissue and genetic engineering techniques are expected to improve the survival and integration of transplanted cells, and to support structural, functional, and bioenergetic recovery of the recipient hearts...
August 8, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28772272/vascularized-cardiac-spheroids-as-novel-3d-in-vitro-models-to-study-cardiac-fibrosis
#18
Gemma A Figtree, Kristen J Bubb, Owen Tang, Eddy Kizana, Carmine Gentile
Spheroid cultures are among the most explored cellular biomaterials used in cardiovascular research, due to their improved integration of biochemical and physiological features of the heart in a defined architectural three-dimensional microenvironment when compared to monolayer cultures. To further explore the potential use of spheroid cultures for research, we engineered a novel in vitro model of the heart with vascularized cardiac spheroids (VCSs), by coculturing cardiac myocytes, endothelial cells, and fibroblasts isolated from dissociated rat neonatal hearts (aged 1-3 days) in hanging drop cultures...
August 4, 2017: Cells, Tissues, Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28763463/recellularization-of-a-novel-off-the-shelf-valve-following-xenogenic-implantation-into-the-right-ventricular-outflow-tract
#19
Ryan S Hennessy, Jason L Go, Rebecca R Hennessy, Brandon J Tefft, Soumen Jana, Nicholas J Stoyles, Mohammed A Al-Hijji, Jeremy J Thaden, Sorin V Pislaru, Robert D Simari, John M Stulak, Melissa D Young, Amir Lerman
Current research on valvular heart repair has focused on tissue-engineered heart valves (TEHV) because of its potential to grow similarly to native heart valves. Decellularized xenografts are a promising solution; however, host recellularization remains challenging. In this study, decellularized porcine aortic valves were implanted into the right ventricular outflow tract (RVOT) of sheep to investigate recellularization potential. Porcine aortic valves, decellularized with sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS), were sterilized by supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2) and implanted into the RVOT of five juvenile polypay sheep for 5 months (n = 5)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28758358/freeze-drying-as-a-novel-biofabrication-method-for-achieving-a-controlled-microarchitecture-within-large-complex-natural-biomaterial-scaffolds
#20
Claire M Brougham, Tanya J Levingstone, Nian Shen, Gerard M Cooney, Stefan Jockenhoevel, Thomas C Flanagan, Fergal J O'Brien
The biofabrication of large natural biomaterial scaffolds into complex 3D shapes which have a controlled microarchitecture remains a major challenge. Freeze-drying (or lyophilization) is a technique used to generate scaffolds in planar 3D geometries. Here we report the development of a new biofabrication process to form a collagen-based scaffold into a large, complex geometry which has a large height to width ratio, and a controlled porous microarchitecture. This biofabrication process is validated through the successful development of a heart valve shaped scaffold, fabricated from a collagen-glycosaminoglycan co-polymer...
July 31, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
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