Perfusion bioreactor for small diameter tissue-engineered arteries

Academic Article


  • A scaleable perfusion bioreactor has been developed for tissue engineering of small diameter arterial constructs. This modular bioreactor allows for dynamic sequential seeding of smooth muscle and endothelial cells, biomechanical stimulation of cells during culture, and monitoring of tissue growth and maturation. Bovine aortic smooth muscle and endothelial cells were seeded onto porous tubular poly(glycolic acid) nonwoven scaffolds and cultured in the bioreactor under pulsatile flow conditions for up to 25 days. Cell proliferation was more than 3-fold after 4 days, smooth muscle cells expressed differentiated phenotype after 16 days, and collagen and elastin were distributed throughout the construct after 25 days of culture. In bioreactor experiments in which the construct lumen was seeded with endothelial cells by perfusion after 13 days of smooth muscle cell culture, endothelial cell seeding efficiency was 100%, and a confluent monolayer was observed in the lumen within 48 h. These data demonstrate that this perfusion bioreactor supports sequential seeding of constructs with smooth muscle and endothelial cells. Dynamic culture under pulsatile flow leads to cellular expression of differentiated function and extracellular matrix deposition toward the development of tissue-engineered arterial constructs.
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    Author List

  • Williams C; Wick TM
  • Start Page

  • 930
  • End Page

  • 941
  • Volume

  • 10
  • Issue

  • 5-6