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Development of a Growing Rat Model for the In Vivo Assessment of Engineered Aortic Conduits.
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PMID:  22172135     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND: Numerous limitations of aortic valve grafts currently used in pediatric patients cause the need for alternative prostheses. For the purpose of in vivo evaluation of novel engineered aortic conduit grafts, we aimed at downsizing a previously described model to create a growing rodent model. MATERIALS AND METHODS: U-shaped aortic conduits were sutured to the infrarenal aorta of young Wistar rats (70-80 g, n = 10) in an end-to-side manner. Functional assessment was performed by Doppler sonography and high resolution rodent MRI. Histology and immunohistochemistry followed after 8 wk. RESULTS: Postoperative recovery rate was 80%. Conforming to clinical observations, postoperative MRI (d 5) and Doppler sonography (wk 8) revealed unimpaired conduit perfusion. Explanted implants were luminally completely covered by an endothelial cell layer with local hyperplasia and accumulation of α-smooth muscle actin (+) cells. Moreover microcalcification of the decellularized scaffolds was observed. CONCLUSIONS: Our downsized model of aortic conduit transplantation enables overall characterization with detailed analysis of maturation of engineered aortic grafts in a growing organism.
Alexander Assmann; Payam Akhyari; Christofer Delfs; Ulrich Flögel; Christoph Jacoby; Hiroyuki Kamiya; Artur Lichtenberg
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-11-4
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of surgical research     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1095-8673     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Nov 
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Created Date:  2011-12-16     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  0376340     Medline TA:  J Surg Res     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Clinic for Cardiovascular Surgery, Heinrich Heine University Medical School, Duesseldorf, Germany.
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