DATE: October 31, 2019
TIME: 9:00am PDT, 12:00pm EDT
A major limitation for the development of 3D engineered tissues is the absence of viable and perfusable vasculature [1-3]. As a precursor to vascularized adipose tissue, cylindrical channels were formed in a cast gelatin methacrylate (GelMA) construct by printings sacrificial networks of Pluronic F127. Human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) were seeded and cultured within the 3D printed channels, while Adipose derived stem cells (ADSCs) were cultured in the GelMa prior to casting the 3D printed channels.
The hydrogel was characterized by NMR, surface tension, contact angle and DMA. Pluronic filaments were printed onto glass slides using a robotic printer . HUVECs were cultured on GelMa substrate, whilst ADSCs were embedded within the GelMa. Live/Dead and Alamar Blue assays were used to assess the cells’ viability and proliferation respectively. Phalloidin staining was used to assess actin cytoskeleton organization.
Once methacrylation has occurred NMR peaks are seen at 6ppm and 2ppm corresponding to lysine and methacrylated grafts of hydroxyl groups. Viability assays confirmed that HUVECs and ADSCs were viable after 48 hours. Alamar Blue data indicated an increase in cell metabolism over a 7-day period. Phalloidin staining demonstrated good organization of the actin cytoskeleton of HUVECs on GelMa. Data on HUVECs injected within the printed 2D networks and 3D culture of ADSCs within the GelMa matrix will also be presented.
DISCUSSION & CONCLUSIONS:
Collectively, our data illustrate that HUVECs could potentially grow and fully line the printed networks.
- Explain what vascularisation is
- Review what hydrogels and scaffolds are and how they are used
- Describe the use of 3D printing and how it can help with tissue regeneration
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