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PMID:  22224705     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
In this study, structure and biomechanical properties of freeze-dried decellularized porcine pulmonary heart valves were investigated. Heart valves were dissected from porcine hearts. The tissues were decellularized and separated in three groups: (1) without lyoprotectant, (2) with 5% sucrose and (3) with a mixture of 2.5% sucrose and 2.5% hydroxyl ethylene starch (HES), and then underwent freeze-drying. Freeze-drying in the absence of lyoprotectants caused an overall more disintegrated appearance of the histological architecture of the porcine valves, especially between the fibrosa and the ventricularis layers. Freeze-dried tissue with lyoprotectants have a looser network of collagen and elastic fibers with bigger pore sizes. Tissue freeze-dried in the absence of lyoprotecants had the largest pore sizes, whereas the tissue freeze-dried in the presence of protectants showed pores of intermediate sizes between the decellularized tissue and the unprotected freeze-dried samples. Tissue freeze-dried with sucrose alone displayed less porosity compared to tissue freeze-dried with the sucrose/HES mixture, whereas no significant differences in biomechanical properties were observed. Decellularization decreased the elastic modulus of artery tissue. The elastic modulus of freeze-dried tissue without protectants resembled that of decellularized tissue. The elastic modulus values of freeze-dried tissue stabilized by lyoprotectants were greater compared to those of decellularized tissue, but similar to those of native tissue.
Shangping Wang; Tobias Goecke; Carsten Meixner; Axel Haverich; Andres Hilfiker; Willem Frederik Wolkers
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-1-7
Journal Detail:
Title:  Tissue engineering. Part C, Methods     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1937-3392     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Jan 
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Created Date:  2012-1-9     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101466663     Medline TA:  Tissue Eng Part C Methods     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany, Institute of Multiphase Processes, Hannover, Germany;
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