Steffen Posner

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We have developed an advanced tissue processing technique on porcine pulmonary heart valves for pulmonary valve replacement and its initial clinical application during the autograft operation according to Ross. The novel concept consists of a cell-free matrix achieved by deoxycholic acid treatment that is repopulated by host cells in vivo. Molecular(More)
Conventional biological heart valves treated with glutaraldehyde (GA) reveal a limited lifespan due to calcification. This is assumed to be an immune response initiated process, which is not seen with decellularized valves. However, their immunological potential is still a matter of debate. Therefore, serum samples from patients undergoing heart valve(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM OF THE STUDY Aortic valve disease can be treated successfully by means of the Ross operation. Alternatives to pulmonary valve replacement with homografts are needed. The study aim was to demonstrate the performance of a decellularized porcine xenograft valve (Matrix P) in adult patients after the Ross operation. METHODS Between July(More)
BACKGROUND Only limited information is available regarding the influence of decellularization on the extracellular matrix in heart valves. Within the extracellular matrix proteoglycans (PG) play a central role in the structural organization and physical functioning of valves and in their capability of settling with endothelial and interstitial cells(More)
OBJECTIVE A challenging issue is to create a heart valve with growth and remodeling potential, which would be of great interest for congenital heart valve surgery. This study was performed to evaluate the growth and remodeling potentials of a decellularized heart valve. METHODS In 4 juvenile sheep (age 12 +/- 1 weeks) with a weight of 24.3 +/- 4.4 kg, a(More)
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