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OBJECTIVE Successful animal and clinical implantation of decellularised heart valves has been performed in the pulmonary position. Comparable results have not yet been achieved for the aortic position with the high haemodynamic demands of the systemic circulation and the challenging implantation procedure. METHODS Allogenic aortic valves (n=10) were(More)
Organized cellular alignment is critical to controlling tissue microarchitecture and biological function. Although a multitude of techniques have been described to control cellular alignment in 2D, recapitulating the cellular alignment of highly organized native tissues in 3D engineered tissues remains a challenge. While cellular alignment in engineered(More)
Decellularized cardiac extracellular matrix (ECM) has been introduced as a template for cardiac tissue engineering, providing the advantages of a prevascularized scaffold that mimics native micro- and macroarchitecture to a degree difficult to achieve with synthetic materials. Nonetheless, the decellularization protocols used to create acellular myocardial(More)
A major challenge to the effective treatment of injured cardiovascular tissues is the promotion of endothelialization of damaged tissues and implanted devices. For this reason, there is a need for new biomaterials that promote endothelialization to enhance vascular repair. The goal of this work was to develop antibody-modified polysaccharide-based hydrogels(More)
Although tissue-engineering approaches have led to significant progress in the quest of finding a viable substitute for dysfunctional myocardium, the vascularization of such bioartificial constructs still remains a major challenge. Hence, there is a need for model systems that allow us to study and better understand cardiac and vascular biology to overcome(More)
The ability to encapsulate cells in three-dimensional (3D) environments is potentially of benefit for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. In this paper, we introduce pullulan methacrylate (PulMA) as a promising hydrogel platform for creating cell-laden microscale tissues. The hydration and mechanical properties of PulMA were demonstrated to be(More)
Poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) hydrogels are popular for cell culture and tissue-engineering applications because they are nontoxic and exhibit favorable hydration and nutrient transport properties. However, cells cannot adhere to, remodel, proliferate within, or degrade PEG hydrogels. Methacrylated gelatin (GelMA), derived from denatured collagen, yields an(More)
In the last decade, cardiovascular tissue engineering has made great progress developing new strategies for regenerative medicine applications. However, while tissue engineered heart valves are already entering the clinical routine, tissue engineered myocardial substitutes are still restrained to experimental approaches. In contrast to the heart valves,(More)
OBJECTIVES This study sought to evaluate patient outcome within the Düsseldorf Extracorporeal Life Support (ECLS) Network, a suprainstitutional network for rapid-response remote ECLS and to define survival-based predictors. BACKGROUND Mobile venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (vaECMO) used for ECLS has become a treatment option for a patient(More)