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"Cardiac tissue engineering"

Santiago Roura, Carolina Gálvez-Montón, Antoni Bayes-Genis
Chronic diseases, including myocardial scar healing and heart failure remission, impose huge social and economic burdens, and novel approaches are needed. Several therapeutic modalities are currently being evaluated, including cell therapy, stem cell conditioning, and cardiac tissue engineering. Areas covered: This review discusses the restoration of cardiac function after myocardial infarction using a vascularized flap of autologous cardiac adipose tissue over an akinetic scar. It addresses the risks and benefits of using cardiac adipose progenitors and the adipose graft transposition procedure (AGTP) to ameliorate cardiac dysfunction in preclinical and clinical trials...
March 6, 2018: Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
Zhan Wang, Sang Jin Lee, Heng-Jie Cheng, James J Yoo, Anthony Atala
Bioengineering of a functional cardiac tissue composed of primary cardiomyocytes has great potential for myocardial regeneration and in vitro tissue modeling. However, its applications remain limited because the cardiac tissue is a highly organized structure with unique physiologic, biomechanical, and electrical properties. In this study, we undertook a proof-of-concept study to develop a contractile cardiac tissue with cellular organization, uniformity, and scalability by using three-dimensional (3D) bioprinting strategy...
February 13, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
Tiago D Gomes, Sofia G Caridade, Maria P Sousa, Sara Azevedo, Muhammed Y Kandur, Ebru T Öner, Natália M Alves, João F Mano
This work is the first reporting the use of layer-by-layer to produce adhesive free-standing (FS) films fully produced using natural-based macromolecules: chitosan (CHI), alginate (ALG) and sulfated levan (L-S). The deposition conditions of the natural polymers were studied through zeta potential measurements and quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring analysis. The properties of the FS films were evaluated and compared with the control ones composed of only CHI and ALG in order to assess the influence of levan polysaccharide introduced in the multilayers...
January 26, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
Rajeev J Kant, Kareen L K Coulombe
The field of tissue engineering has turned towards biomimicry to solve the problem of tissue oxygenation and nutrient/waste exchange through the development of vasculature. Induction of angiogenesis and subsequent development of a vascular bed in engineered tissues is actively being pursued through combinations of physical and chemical cues, notably through the presentation of topographical and growth factor cues. Presenting angiogenic signals in a spatiotemporal fashion is beginning to generate improved vascular networks, which will allow for the creation of large and dense engineered tissues...
January 22, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
Christopher P Jackman, Asvin M Ganapathi, Huda Asfour, Ying Qian, Brian W Allen, Yanzhen Li, Nenad Bursac
Functional cardiac tissue engineering holds promise as a candidate therapy for myocardial infarction and heart failure. Generation of "strong-contracting and fast-conducting" cardiac tissue patches capable of electromechanical coupling with host myocardium could allow efficient improvement of heart function without increased arrhythmogenic risks. Towards that goal, we engineered highly functional 1 cm × 1 cm cardiac tissue patches made of neonatal rat ventricular cells which after 2 weeks of culture exhibited force of contraction of 18...
March 2018: Biomaterials
Victor Balashov, Anton Efimov, Olga Agapova, Alexander Pogorelov, Igor Agapov, Konstantin Agladze
Building functional and robust scaffolds for engineered biological tissue requires a nanoscale mechanistic understanding of how cells use the scaffold for their growth and development. A vast majority of the scaffolds used for cardiac tissue engineering are based on polymer materials, the matrices of nanofibers. Attempts to load the polymer fibers of the scaffold with additional sophisticated features, such as electrical conductivity and controlled release of the growth factors or other biologically active molecules, as well as trying to match the mechanical features of the scaffold to those of the extracellular matrix, cannot be efficient without a detailed knowledge of how the cells are attached and strategically positioned with respect to the scaffold nanofibers at micro and nanolevel...
December 27, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
Ajay Tijore, Scott Alexander Irvine, Udi Sarig, Priyadarshini Mhaisalkar, Vrushali Baisane, Subbu S Venkatraman
Here, we have developed a 3D bioprinted microchanneled gelatin hydrogel that promotes human mesenchymal stem cell (hMSC) myocardial commitment and supports native cardiomyocytes (CMs) contractile functionality. Firstly, we studied the effect of bioprinted microchanneled hydrogel on the alignment, elongation, and differentiation of hMSC. Notably, the cells displayed well defined F-actin anisotropy and elongated morphology on the microchanneled hydrogel, hence showing the effects of topographical control over cell behavior...
December 13, 2017: Biofabrication
Xiaoping Bao, Vijesh J Bhute, Tianxiao Han, Tongcheng Qian, Xiaojun Lian, Sean P Palecek
During heart development, epicardial progenitors contribute various cardiac lineages including smooth muscle cells, cardiac fibroblasts, and endothelial cells. However, their specific contribution to the human endothelium has not yet been resolved, at least in part due to the inability to expand and maintain human primary or pluripotent stem cell (hPSC)-derived epicardial cells. Here we first generated CDH5-2A-eGFP knock-in hPSC lines and differentiated them into self-renewing WT1+ epicardial cells, which gave rise to endothelial cells upon VEGF treatment in vitro ...
June 2017: Bioengineering & Translational Medicine
Hsin-Yu Lo, An-Li Huang, Pei-Chi Lee, Tze-Wen Chung, Shoei-Shen Wang
The effects of the stiffness of substrates on the cell behaviours of human bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (hBMSC) have been investigated, but the effects of the secondary structures of proteins in the substrates on the morphological transformation and differentiation of hBMSC have yet been elucidated. To investigate these issues, silk fibroin-poly(ε-caprolactone) SP cardiac patches of poly(ε-caprolactone; P), on which is grafted by silk fibroin (SF) with various β-sheet contents (or crystallinity) to provide various degrees of stiffness, were produced to examine the in vitro behaviours of hBMSC during proliferation, and cardiomyogenesis on the SP patches...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
Junjun Li, Itsunari Minami, Motoko Shiozaki, Leqian Yu, Shin Yajima, Shigeru Miyagawa, Yuji Shiba, Nobuhiro Morone, Satsuki Fukushima, Momoko Yoshioka, Sisi Li, Jing Qiao, Xin Li, Lin Wang, Hidetoshi Kotera, Norio Nakatsuji, Yoshiki Sawa, Yong Chen, Li Liu
High-purity cardiomyocytes (CMs) derived from human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) are promising for drug development and myocardial regeneration. However, most hiPSC-derived CMs morphologically and functionally resemble immature rather than adult CMs, which could hamper their application. Here, we obtained high-quality cardiac tissue-like constructs (CTLCs) by cultivating hiPSC-CMs on low-thickness aligned nanofibers made of biodegradable poly(D,L-lactic-co-glycolic acid) polymer. We show that multilayered and elongated CMs could be organized at high density along aligned nanofibers in a simple one-step seeding process, resulting in upregulated cardiac biomarkers and enhanced cardiac functions...
November 14, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
Yu Wu, Liang Guo
OBJECTIVE: cardiac tissue regeneration for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases has been of great research interest. Under the hypothesis that electrical synchronization of cardiac cells can be aided by conductive materials, electrically conductive scaffolds have been frequently used to improve cardiac tissue regeneration. However, theoretical analysis is presently absent in examining the underlying mechanism and rationally guiding the design of these conductive scaffolds. METHODS: here, equivalent-circuit models are proposed, in which two adjacent groups of cardiomyocytes are grown either on a bulk conductive substrate or around conductive nanostructures...
October 15, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
Elisabetta Rosellini, Yu Shrike Zhang, Bianca Migliori, Niccoletta Barbani, Luigi Lazzeri, Su Ryon Shin, Mehmet Remzi Dokmeci, Maria Grazia Cascone
Tissue engineering has emerged as a viable approach to treat disease or repair damage in tissues and organs. One of the key elements for the success of tissue engineering is the use of a scaffold serving as artificial extracellular matrix (ECM). The ECM hosts the cells and improves their survival, proliferation, and differentiation, enabling the formation of new tissue. Here, we propose the development of a class of protein/polysaccharide-based porous scaffolds for use as ECM substitutes in cardiac tissue engineering...
October 20, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
Cassady E Rupert, Kareen L K Coulombe
Insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF1) and neuregulin-1β (NRG1) play important roles during cardiac development both individually and synergistically. In this study, we analyze how 3D cardiac tissue engineered from human embryonic stem cell- (hESC-) derived cardiomyocytes and 2D-plated hESC-cardiomyocytes respond to developmentally relevant growth factors both to stimulate maturity and to characterize the therapeutic potential of IGF1 and NRG1. When administered to engineered cardiac tissues, a significant decrease in active force production of ~65% was measured in all treatment groups, likely due to changes in cellular physiology...
2017: Stem Cells International
Shahram Rabbani, Masoud Soleimani, Mohammad Imani, Mohammad Sahebjam, Ali Ghiaseddin, Seyed Mahdi Nassiri, Jalil Majd Ardakani, Maryam Tajik Rostami, Arash Jalali, Bahmanshir Mousanassab, Mahsa Kheradmandi, Seyed Hossein Ahmadi Tafti
BACKGROUND: Myocardial infarction is a major problem in health system and most conventional therapy is not led to restoration of the health. Stem cell therapy is a method to regenerate the heart but today appropriate cell source and scaffold selection as extracellular matrix to achieve the best effect is disputing. AIM OF THE STUDY: In this study a combination of human Wharton jelly mesenchymal stem cells (HWJMSCs) with a novel compound consisting polyethylene glycol (PEG), hyaluronic acid and chitosan is presented to heart regeneration...
April 2017: Archives of Medical Research
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 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Jeremy A Schaefer, Pilar A Guzman, Sonja B Riemenschneider, Timothy J Kamp, Robert T Tranquillo
Cardiac tissue engineering aims to produce replacement tissue patches in the lab to replace or treat infarcted myocardium. However, current patches lack pre-formed microvascularization and are therefore limited in thickness and force production. In the present study, we sought to assess whether a bi-layer patch composed of a layer made from human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (hiPSC-CMs) and a microvessel layer composed of self-assembled human blood outgrowth endothelial cells (BOECs) and pericytes (PCs) was capable of engrafting on the epicardial surface of a nude rat infarct model and becoming perfused by the host four weeks after acute implantation...
September 5, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
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
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 (MTS) directions. By considering the dynamics of focal adhesion and myofibril formation in the model, we showed that 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...
December 1, 2017: Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
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...
September 26, 2017: Biomaterials Science
Ranjith Kumar Kankala, Kai Zhu, Jun Li, Chun-Sheng Wang, Shi-Bin Wang, Ai-Zheng Chen
Fabrication of tissue-/organ-like structures at arbitrary geometries by mimicking the properties of the complex material offers enormous interest to the research and clinical applicability in cardiovascular diseases. Patient-specific, durable, and realistic three-dimensional (3D) cardiac models for anatomic consideration have been developed for education, pro-surgery planning, and intra-surgery guidance. In cardiac tissue engineering (TE), 3D printing technology is the most convenient and efficient microfabrication method to create biomimetic cardiovascular tissue for the potential in vivo implantation...
August 3, 2017: Biofabrication
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