A Tissue Engineering Chamber for Continuous Pulsatile Electrical Stimulation of Vascularized Cardiac Tissues In Vivo.
Damián Hernández, Rodney Millard, Anne M Kong, Owen Burns, Priyadharshini Sivakumaran, Robert K Shepherd, Gregory J Dusting, Shiang Y Lim
Bioelectricity | Mary Ann Liebert Inc | Published : 2020
Background: Cardiomyocytes derived from pluripotent stem cells are immature. Maturation of cardiomyocytes is a multifactorial dynamic process that involves various factors in vivo that cannot be fully recapitulated in vitro. Here, we report a novel tissue engineering chamber with an integrated electrical stimulator and electrodes that will allow wireless electrical stimulation of cardiac tissue in vivo. Materials and Methods: Immunocompromised rats were implanted with tissue engineering chambers containing the stimulator and electrodes, and control chambers (chambers with electrical stimulator but without the electrodes) in the contralateral limb. Each chamber contained cardiomyocytes derive..View full abstract