In Situ Fabrication and Perfusion of Tissue-Engineered Blood Vessel Microphysiological System.

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Human tissue-engineered blood vessels (TEBVs) that exhibit vasoactivity can be used to test drug toxicity, modulate pro-inflammatory cytokines, and model disease states in vitro. We developed a novel device to fabricate arteriole-scale human endothelialized TEBVs in situ with smaller volumes and higher throughput than previously reported. Both primary and induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC)-derived cells can be used. Four collagen TEBVs with 600μm inner diameter and 2.9 mm outer diameter are fabricated by pipetting a solution of collagen and medial cells into a three-layer acrylic mold. After gelation, the TEBVs are released from the mold and dehydrated. After suturing the TEBVs in place and changing the mold parts to form a perfusion chamber, the TEBVs are endothelialized in situ, and then media is perfused through the lumen. By removing 90% of the water after gelation, the TEBVs become mechanically strong enough for perfusion at the physiological shear stress of 0.4 Pa within 24 h of fabrication and maintain function for at least 5 weeks.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Zhang, X; Abutaleb, NO; Salmon, E; Truskey, GA

Published Date

  • January 2022

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 2375 /

Start / End Page

  • 77 - 90

PubMed ID

  • 34591300

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1940-6029

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1064-3745

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/978-1-0716-1708-3_7


  • eng