Journal article

Vascularisation to improve translational potential of tissue engineering systems for cardiac repair

Rodney J Dilley, Wayne A Morrison

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BIOCHEMISTRY & CELL BIOLOGY | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2014

Abstract

Cardiac tissue engineering is developing as an alternative approach to heart transplantation for treating heart failure. Shortage of organ donors and complications arising after orthotopic transplant remain major challenges to the modern field of heart transplantation. Engineering functional myocardium de novo requires an abundant source of cardiomyocytes, a biocompatible scaffold material and a functional vasculature to sustain the high metabolism of the construct. Progress has been made on several fronts, with cardiac cell biology, stem cells and biomaterials research particularly promising for cardiac tissue engineering, however currently employed strategies for vascularisation have lagge..

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