3-Dimensional spatially organized PEG-based hydrogels for an aortic valve co-culture model.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Physiologically relevant in vitro models are needed to study disease progression and to develop and screen potential therapeutic interventions for disease. Heart valve disease, in particular, has no early intervention or non-invasive treatment because there is a lack of understanding the cellular mechanisms which lead to disease. Here, we establish a novel, customizable synthetic hydrogel platform that can be used to study cell-cell interactions and the factors which contribute to valve disease. Spatially localized cell adhesive ligands bound in the scaffold promote cell growth and organization of valve interstitial cells and valve endothelial cells in 3D co-culture. Both cell types maintained phenotypes, homeostatic functions, and produced zonally localized extracellular matrix. This model extends the capabilities of in vitro research by providing a platform to perform direct contact co-culture with cells in their physiologically relevant spatial arrangement.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Puperi, DS; Balaoing, LR; O'Connell, RW; West, JL; Grande-Allen, KJ

Published Date

  • October 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 67 /

Start / End Page

  • 354 - 364

PubMed ID

  • 26241755

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC4566924

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1878-5905

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0142-9612

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.biomaterials.2015.07.039


  • eng