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 ISSN:1473-2262         NLM:100973416 (link)         DOI:10.22203/eCM

2010   Volume No 20 – pages 274-281

Title: Switching off angiogenic signalling: creating channelled constructs for adequate oxygen delivery in tissue engineered constructs

Author: U Cheema, T Alekseeva, EA Abou-Neel, RA Brown

Address: Tissue Repair & Engineering Centre, Institute of Orthopaedics and Musculoskeletal Sciences, UCL Division of Surgery & Interventional Science, University College London, London, UK

E-mail: u.cheema at

Key Words: 3D collagen scaffolds, channelled architecture, physiological hypoxia, bone marrow stromal cells, hypoxia-inducible factor-Ialpha

Publication date: October 6th 2010

Abstract: A major question in biomimetic tissue engineering is how much of the structure/function of native vasculature needs to be reproduced for effective tissue perfusion. O2 supplied to cells in 3D scaffolds in vitro is initially dependent upon diffusion through the scaffold and cell consumption. Low O2 (3%) enhances specific cell behaviours, but where O2 is critically low (pathological hypoxia) cell survival becomes compromised. We measured real-time O2 in 3D scaffolds and introduced micro-channelled architecture to controllably increase delivery of O2 to cells and switch off the hypoxic response. Simple static micro-channelling gives adequate perfusion and can be used to control cell generated hypoxia-induced signalling.

Article download: Pages 274-281 (PDF file)
DOI: 10.22203/eCM.v020a22