Journal article

Engineering the microcirculation

Zerina Lokmic, Geraldine M Mitchell

TISSUE ENGINEERING PART B-REVIEWS | MARY ANN LIEBERT, INC | Published : 2008

Abstract

The ultimate survival of tissue-engineered constructs in vivo depends on the provision of an adequate blood supply to the engineered tissue and the capacity of the engineered microcirculation to connect with the existing recipient circulation. Techniques for the vascularization of tissue-engineered constructs can be broadly grouped into in vitro and in vivo approaches that rely on the presence of a pro-angiogenic microenvironment. Significant advances have been made in resolving the problem of microcirculatory network formation for large 3-dimensional constructs; however, issues concerning construct-host vessel connection, expansion of vascular volume accompanying growing tissue, and prevent..

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