Point-of-Care Rapid-Seeding Ventricular Assist Device with Blood-Derived Endothelial Cells to Create a Living Antithrombotic Coating.


Journal Article

The most promising alternatives to heart transplantation are left ventricular assist devices and artificial hearts; however, their use has been limited by thrombotic complications. To reduce these, sintered titanium (Ti) surfaces were developed, but thrombosis still occurs in approximately 7.5% of patients. We have invented a rapid-seeding technology to minimize the risk of thrombosis by rapid endothelialization of sintered Ti with human cord blood-derived endothelial cells (hCB-ECs). Human cord blood-derived endothelial cells were seeded within minutes onto sintered Ti and exposed to thrombosis-prone low fluid flow shear stresses. The hCB-ECs adhered and formed a confluent endothelial monolayer on sintered Ti. The exposure of sintered Ti to 4.4 dynes/cm for 20 hr immediately after rapid seeding resulted in approximately 70% cell adherence. The cell adherence was not significantly increased by additional ex vivo static culture of rapid-seeded sintered Ti before flow exposure. In addition, adherent hCB-ECs remained functional on sintered Ti, as indicated by flow-induced increase in nitric oxide secretion and reduction in platelet adhesion. After 15 day ex vivo static culture, the adherent hCB-ECs remained metabolically active, expressed endothelial cell functional marker thrombomodulin, and reduced platelet adhesion. In conclusion, our results demonstrate the feasibility of rapid-seeding sintered Ti with blood-derived hCB-ECs to generate a living antithrombotic surface.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Noviani, M; Jamiolkowski, RM; Grenet, JE; Lin, Q; Carlon, TA; Qi, L; Jantzen, AE; Milano, CA; Truskey, GA; Achneck, HE

Published Date

  • July 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 62 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 447 - 453

PubMed ID

  • 26809085

Pubmed Central ID

  • 26809085

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1538-943X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/MAT.0000000000000351


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States