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Coating with fibronectin and stromal cell-derived factor-1α of decellularized homografts used for right ventricular outflow tract reconstruction eliminates immune response-related degeneration.
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PMID:  23896322     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
OBJECTIVE: This study assesses the performance and cellular features of decellularized ovine aortic homografts coated with stromal cell-derived factor-1α (SDF-1α) and its natural linker, fibronectin (FN), after implantation in the right ventricular outflow tract of adolescent sheep.
METHODS: Right ventricular outflow tract reconstructions using cryopreserved (n = 7), decellularized (n = 8), and decellularized FN/SDF-1α-coated aortic ovine homografts (n = 6) were performed. Echocardiographic, morphologic, radiographic, histologic, and immunohistochemical examinations were performed 5 months after implantation.
RESULTS: There were no hemodynamic differences between groups, except for the decellularized homografts' tendency to develop more valve regurgitation (3 of 8 grafts had regurgitation >2/4). All decellularized, but coated, grafts had normal hemodynamics. Decellularized valve conduits were less calcified than cryopreserved conduits (P < .05), but coated valve conduits were free of calcification (P < .05). The same was found for pannus in the outflow parts. Immune response (CD45(+), CD45R(+), or CD11b(+) cells) was decreased in decellularized valves compared with cryopreserved grafts, but was virtually absent (P < .05) in coated grafts. Collagen organization and density in the leaflets and walls were decreased in cryopreserved and decellularized valves, but not in coated valves (P < .05). Coating improved re-endothelialization (P < .05).
CONCLUSIONS: Coating of decellularized allografts with FN/SDF-1α prevents cryopreserved heart valve-mediated immune response, conduit calcification, and pannus formation and stimulates re-endothelialization.
Willem Flameng; Geofrey De Visscher; Lindsay Mesure; Hadewich Hermans; Ramadan Jashari; Bart Meuris
Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-7-26
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1097-685X     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Thorac. Cardiovasc. Surg.     Publication Date:  2013 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-7-30     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376343     Medline TA:  J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2013 The American Association for Thoracic Surgery. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.
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