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Decellularization and Recellularization Methodology for Human Saphenous Veins

Journal article
Authors Vijay Kumar Kuna
Bo Xu
Suchitra Sumitran-Holgersson
Published in Jove-Journal of Visualized Experiments
Issue 137
ISSN 1940-087X
Publication year 2018
Published at Institute of Clinical Sciences, Department of Surgery
Language en
Links dx.doi.org/10.3791/57803
Keywords Bioengineering, Tissue Engineering, Decellularization, Recellularization, Regenerative, endothelial progenitor cells, proof-of-concept, growth-factor, smooth-muscle, stem-cells, in-vivo, transplantation, proliferation, grafts, matrix
Subject categories Transplantation surgery

Abstract

Vascular conduits used during most vascular surgeries are allogeneic or synthetic grafts that often lead to complications caused by immunosuppression and poor patency. Tissue engineering offers a novel solution to generate personalized grafts with a natural extracellular matrix containing the recipients cells using the method of decellularization and recellularization. We show a detailed method for performing decellularization of the human saphenous vein and recellularization by perfusion of peripheral blood. The vein was decellularized by perfusing 1% Triton X-100, 1% tri-n-butyl-phosphate (TnBP) and 2,000 Kunitz units of deoxyribonuclease (DNase). Triton X-100 and TnBP were perfused at 35 mL/min for 4 h while DNase was perfused at 10 mL/min at 37 degrees C for 4 h. The vein was washed in ultrapure water and PBS and then sterilized in 0.1% peracetic acid. It was washed again in PBS and preconditioned in endothelial medium. The vein was connected to a bioreactor and perfused with endothelial medium containing 50 IU/mL heparin for 1 h. Recellularization was performed by filling the bioreactor with fresh blood, diluted 1:1 in Steen solution, and adding endocrine gland-derived vascular endothelial growth factors (80 ng/mL), basic fibroblast growth factors (4 mu L/mL), and acetyl salicylic acid (5 mu g/mL). The bioreactor was then moved into an incubator and perfused for 48 h at 2 mL/min while maintaining glucose between 3 - 9 mmol/L. Later, the vein was washed with PBS, filled with endothelial medium and perfused for 96 h in the incubator. Treatment with Triton X-100, TnBP and DNase decellularized the saphenous vein in 5 cycles. The decellularized vein looked white in contrast to normal and recellularized veins (light red). The hematoxylin & eosin (H&E) staining showed the presence of nuclei only in normal but not in decellularized veins. In the recellularized vein, H&E-staining showed the presence of cells on the lumina! surface of the vein.

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