Saturday, 10 May 2014

Vascularised hydrogels

Researchers have created networks of microchannels in a variety of hydrogels using a micromolding strategy.   Networks of channels enhanced osteogenic cell viability and differentiation in cell-laden micromolded gels.  The channels could be lined with a confluent layer of endothelial cells to create an engineered vasculature.  The hydrogels remained fully perfused. 

Hydrogel Bioprinted Microchannel Networks for Vascularization of Tissue Engineering Constructs; L.E.Bertassoni et al, Lab on a Chip, DOI: 10.1039/C4LC00030G

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