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Surface modification of biodegradable vascular grafts is an important strategy to improve the in situ endothelialization of tissue engineered vascular grafts (TEVGs) and prevent major complications associated with current synthetic grafts. Important strategies for improving endothelialization include increasing endothelial cell mobilization and increased(More)
The development of vascular bioengineering has led to a variety of novel treatment strategies for patients with cardiovascular disease. Notably, combining biodegradable scaffolds with autologous cell seeding to create tissue-engineered vascular grafts (TEVG) allows for in situ formation of organized neovascular tissue and we have demonstrated the clinical(More)
Since most transplanted cells rapidly die in an ischemic environment by hypoxia and hyponutrition, it is crucial to know how to protect transplanted cells for improving transplantation efficiency. We examined whether the transduction of an artificial anti-cell death protein (PTD-FNK) into bone marrow mononuclear cells (BM-MNCs) prevents cell death and(More)
OBJECTIVE Tissue engineering techniques have emerged that allow bioresorbable grafts to be implanted that restore function and transform into biologically active arteries. However, these implants are susceptible to calcification during the remodeling process. The objective of this study was to evaluate the role of pore size of bioabsorbable grafts in the(More)
OBJECTIVE Autologous grafts are used to repair atherosclerotic cardiovascular diseases; however, many patients lack suitable donor graft tissue. Recently, tissue engineering techniques have emerged to make biologically active blood vessels. We applied this technique to produce arterial grafts using established biodegradable materials without cell seeding.(More)
Decellularized allograft heart valves have been used as tissue-engineered heart valve (TEHV) scaffolds with promising results; however, little is known about the cellular mechanisms underlying TEHV neotissue formation. To better understand this phenomenon, we developed a murine model of decellularized pulmonary heart valve transplantation using a(More)
OBJECTIVE We examined the safety and efficacy of controlled-release basic fibroblast growth factor (b-FGF) for peripheral artery disease (PAD), compared with autologous bone marrow mononuclear cell implantation (BMCI). BACKGROUND We recently developed a b-FGF-incorporated biodegradable hydrogel that enables slow-releasing drug delivery system. METHODS(More)
OBJECTIVE SSc causes intractable ischaemic ulcers. To avoid major amputation, we examined the safety and efficacy of therapeutic vascular angiogenesis for digital ulcers due to SSc. METHODS A single-centre, open-label pilot study was conducted in patients with an ischaemic digital ulcer [n = 40, mean age 65 years (s.d. 8), Rutherford class III-5 or III-6)(More)