Jun 8, 2018

Decoupling the Effect of Shear Stress and Stretch on Tissue Growth and Remodeling in a Vascular Graft

Tissue Engineering. Part C, Methods
Eline E van HaaftenNicholas A Kurniawan


The success of cardiovascular tissue engineering (TE) strategies largely depends on the mechanical environment in which cells develop a neotissue through growth and remodeling processes. This mechanical environment is defined by the local scaffold architecture to which cells adhere, that is, the microenvironment, and by external mechanical cues to which cells respond, that is, hemodynamic loading. The hemodynamic environment of early developing blood vessels consists of both shear stress (due to blood flow) and circumferential stretch (due to blood pressure). Experimental platforms that recapitulate this mechanical environment in a controlled and tunable manner are thus critical for investigating cardiovascular TE. In traditional perfusion bioreactors, however, shear stress and stretch are coupled, hampering a clear delineation of their effects on cell and tissue response. In this study, we uniquely designed a bioreactor that independently combines these two types of mechanical cues in eight parallel vascular grafts. The system is computationally and experimentally validated, through finite element analysis and culture of tissue constructs, respectively, to distinguish various levels of shear stress (up to 5 Pa) and cyclic stre...Continue Reading

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Biological Adaptation to Stress
Stress, Mechanical
Cyclic Peptides
Blood Vessel
Extracellular Matrix
Saphenous Vein

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