Engineering of fibrin-based functional and implantable small-diameter blood vessels.

We engineered implantable small-diameter blood vessels based on ovine smooth muscle and endothelial cells embedded in fibrin gels. Cylindrical tissue constructs remodeled the fibrin matrix and exhibited considerable reactivity in response to receptor- and nonreceptor-mediated vasoconstrictors and dilators. Aprotinin, a protease inhibitor of fibrinolysis… CONTINUE READING