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McFadden, TM,Duffy, GP,Allen, AB,Stevens, HY,Schwarzmaier, SM,Plesnila, N,Murphy, JM,Barry, FP,Guldberg, RE,O'Brien, FJ
2013
December
Acta Biomaterialia
The delayed addition of human mesenchymal stem cells to pre-formed endothelial cell networks results in functional vascularization of a collagen-glycosaminoglycan scaffold in vivo
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Mesenchymal stem cells Endothelial cells Co-culture Collagen GAG scaffold In vivo vascularization HUMAN BONE-MARROW PROGENITOR CELLS BLOOD-VESSELS STROMAL CELLS GROWTH-FACTOR CORD BLOOD ADULT VITRO ANGIOGENESIS INOSCULATION
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This paper demonstrates a method to engineer, in vitro, a nascent microvasculature within a collagen-glycosaminoglycan scaffold with a view to overcoming the major issue of graft failure due to avascular necrosis of tissue-engineered constructs. Human umbilical vein endothelial cells (ECs) were cultured alone and in various co-culture combinations with human mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) to determine their vasculogenic abilities in vitro. Results demonstrated that the delayed addition of MSCs to preformed EC networks, whereby MSCs act as pericytes to the nascent vessels, resulted in the best developed vasculature. The results also demonstrate that the crosstalk between ECs and MSCs during microvessel formation occurs in a highly regulated, spatio-temporal fashion, whereby the initial seeding of ECs results in platelet derived growth factor (PDGF) release; the subsequent addition of MSCs 3 days later leads to a cessation in PDGF production, coinciding with increased vascular endothelial cell growth factor expression and enhanced vessel formation. Functional assessment of these pre-engineered constructs in a subcutaneous rat implant model demonstrated anastomosis between the in vitro engineered vessels and the host vasculature, with significantly increased vascularization occurring in the co-culture group. This study has thus provided new information on the process of in vitro vasculogenesis within a three-dimensional porous scaffold for tissue engineering and demonstrates the potential for using these vascularized scaffolds in the repair of critical sized bone defects. (C) 2013 Acta Materialia Inc. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
DOI 10.1016/j.actbio.2013.08.014
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