Biological and engineering design considerations for vascular tissue engineered blood vessels (TEBVs).


Journal Article

Considerable advances have occurred in the development of tissue-engineered blood vessels (TEBVs) to repair or replace injured blood vessels, or as in vitro systems for drug toxicity testing. Here we summarize approaches to produce TEBVs and review current efforts to (1) identify suitable cell sources for the endothelium and vascular smooth muscle cells, (2) design the scaffold to mimic the arterial mechanical properties and (3) regulate the functional state of the cells of the vessel wall. Initial clinical studies have established the feasibility of this approach and challenges that make TEBVs a viable alternative for vessel replacement are identified.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Fernandez, CE; Achneck, HE; Reichert, WM; Truskey, GA

Published Date

  • February 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 3 /

Start / End Page

  • 83 - 90

PubMed ID

  • 24511460

Pubmed Central ID

  • 24511460

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2211-3398

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2211-3398

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.coche.2013.12.001


  • eng