3D scaffolds co-seeded with human endothelial progenitor and mesenchymal stem cells: evidence of prevascularisation within 7 days

Duttenhoefer, F.; Lara de Freitas, R.; Meury, T.; Loibl, M.; Benneker, L. M.; Hermann, M.; Richards, R. G.; Alini, M.; Verrier, S. (2013). 3D scaffolds co-seeded with human endothelial progenitor and mesenchymal stem cells: evidence of prevascularisation within 7 days. European cells & materials eCM, 26, pp. 64-65. University of Wales

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Blood supply is a critical issue in most tissue engineering approaches for large defect healing. As vessel ingrowth from surrounding tissues is proven to be insufficient, current strategies are focusing on the neo-vascularisation process. In the present study, we developed an in vitro pre-vascularised construct using 3D polyurethane (PU) scaffolds, based on the association of human Endothelial Progenitor Cells (EPC, CD34+ and CD133+) with human Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSC). We showed the formation of luminal tubular structures in the co-seeded scaffolds as early as day 7 in culture. These tubular structures were proven positive for endothelial markers von Willebrand Factor and PECAM-1. Of special significance in our constructs is the presence of CD146-positive cells, as a part of the neovasculature scaffolding. These cells, coming from the mesenchymal stem cells population (MSC or EPC-depleted MSC), also expressed other markers of pericyte cells (NG2 and αSMA) that are known to play a pivotal function in the stabilisation of newly formed pre-vascular networks. In parallel, in co-cultures, osteogenic differentiation of MSCs occurred earlier when compared to MSCs monocultures, suggesting the close cooperation between the two cell populations. The presence of angiogenic factors (from autologous platelet lysates) in association with osteogenic factors seems to be crucial for both cell populations' cooperation. These results are promising for future clinical applications, as all components (cells, growth factors) can be prepared in an autologous way.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Orthopaedic, Plastic and Hand Surgery (DOPH) > Clinic of Orthopaedic Surgery

UniBE Contributor:

Benneker, Lorin Michael


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health




University of Wales




Stephanie Schmutz

Date Deposited:

04 Apr 2014 11:59

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16 Jul 2018 13:02

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