In this study, vascular-like tubular tissues called biotubes, consisting of autologous tissues, were prepared using in vivo tissue engineering. Their mechanical properties were evaluated for application as a small-caliber artificial vascular prosthesis. The biotubes were prepared by embedding six kinds of polymeric rods [poly(ethylene) (PE), poly(fluoroacetate) (PFA), poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), segmented poly(urethane) (PU), poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC), and silicone (Si)] as a mold in six subcutaneous pouches in the dorsal skin of New Zealand White rabbits. For rods apart from PFA, biotubes were constructed after 1 month of implantation by encapsulation around the polymeric implants. The wall thickness of the biotubes ranged from about 50 to 200 μm depending on the implant material and were in the order PFA < PVC < PMMA < PU < PE. As for PE, PMMA, and PVC, the thickness increased after 3 months of implantation and ranged from 1.5-to 2-fold. None of the biotubes were ruptured when a hydrostatic pressure was gradually applied to their lumen up to 200 mmHg. The relationship between the intraluminal pressure and the external diameter, which was highly reproducible, showed a “J”-shaped curve similar to the native artery. The tissue mostly consisted of collagen-rich extracellular matrices and fibroblasts. Generally, the tissue was relatively firm and inelastic for Si and soft for PMMA. For PMMA, PE, and PVC the stiffness parameter (β value; one of the indexes for compliance) of the biotubes obtained was similar to those of the human coronary, femoral, and carotid arteries, respectively. Biotubes, which possess the ability for wide adjustments in their matrices, mechanics, shape, and luminal surface design, can be applied for use as small-caliber blood vessels and are an ideal implant because they avoid immunological rejection.
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Document Type: Research Article
*Department of Bioengineering, National Cardiovascular Center Research Institute, Fujishiro-dai 5-7-1, Suita, Osaka 565-8565, Japan
†Department of Pathology, National Cardiovascular Center Hospital, Fujishiro-dai 5-7-1, Suita, Osaka 565-8565, Japan
Publication date: 2004-01-01
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