Joan Ellinger

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Previous studies from our laboratory have shown that bioresorbable vascular prostheses woven from lactide-glycolide copolymers and implanted into arteries of several animal models become replaced by cellular tissues; the rate of replacement parallels the kinetics of prosthetic resorption. This study evaluates the efficacy of bicomponent resorbable(More)
This study compares the kinetics of collagen deposition within the prosthesis/tissue complexes formed following implantation of either polyglactin 910 (PG910), polydioxanone (PDS), or Dacron prostheses into rabbit infrarenal aortas. The grafts were explanted in triplicate at 1, 3, and 12 months, and then processed for spectrophotometric hydroxyproline(More)
OBJECTIVES R136K is a mutation of fibroblast growth factor-1 (FGF-1) in which arginine replaces lysine at the primary thrombin cleavage site. This may be important in vivo in inducing endothelial cell (EC) migration and coverage of arterial injury sites by allowing R136K to be used in a fibrin glue delivery system, without thrombin-induced degradation, in(More)
We analyzed histologic, ultrastructural, and functional characteristics of rabbit aortic conduits regenerated over absorbable polydioxanone prostheses. Twenty-eight polydioxanone-elicited prosthesis/tissue complexes harvested two weeks to 12 months following implantation were analyzed grossly; photographed; sectioned for light, scanning, and transmission(More)
Vascular prostheses woven from absorbable lactide/glycolide copolymers are replaced by myofibroblast-laden tissue conduits lined by endothelium. When these prostheses are implanted in arteries of animal models, the absorption-replacement reactions are inhibited by Dacron. To determine whether these reactions resulted primarily from transanastomotic pannus(More)
This current study analyzed macrophage/biomaterial interactions as modulators of endothelial cell proliferation. Rabbit peritoneal macrophages were harvested and seeded (1 x 10(6) cells/ml) into culture flasks with Dulbecco's modified Eagle medium and 10% platelet-poor, plasma-derived equine serum. Macrophages were identified by morphologic characteristics,(More)
Bioresorbable vascular grafts constructed for polyglactin 910 (PG910) and polydioxanone (PDS) and nonresorbable Dacron were interposed into the infrarenal abdominal aortas of New Zealand White rabbits. The prosthesis/tissue complexes were harvested after 2, 3, 4, 12, and 52 weeks. Seventeen, 9, and 1 h prior to sacrifice, animals received tritiated(More)
ECGF, a polypeptide of bovine hypothalamic derivation, is the most potent endothelial cell mitogen known, with mitogenic and chemotactic effects well demonstrated in vitro on human endothelial cells. These effects are synergized by heparin. In vivo re-endothelialization of blood-contacting biomaterials may be enhanced by bonding ECGF and heparin to(More)
BACKGROUND Chimeric proteins may be used to direct cell-specific activity. Heparin-binding growth-associated molecule (HBGAM) binds to cell receptors that are relatively more robust on endothelial cells, and it may confer endothelial cell selectivity to potent angiogens such as fibroblast growth factor-1 (FGF-1). METHODS By ligating fibroblast growth(More)