Advances in vascular tissue engineering

Anita C Thomas, Gordon R Campbell, Julie H Campbell

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)peer-review

115 Citations (Scopus)


Coronary and peripheral artery bypass grafting is commonly used to relieve the symptoms of vascular deficiencies, but the supply of autologous artery or vein may not be sufficient or suitable for multiple bypass or repeat procedures, necessitating the use of other materials. Synthetic materials are suitable for large bore arteries but often thrombose when used in smaller arteries. Suitable replacement grafts must have appropriate characteristics, including resistance to infection, low immunogenicity and good biocompatability and thromboresistance, with appropriate mechanical and physiological properties and cheap and fast manufacture. Current avenues of graft development include coating synthetic grafts with either biological chemicals or cells with anticoagulatory properties. Matrix templates or acellular tubes of extracellular matrix (such as collagen) may be coated or infiltrated with cultured cells. Once placed into the artery, these grafts may become colonised by host cells and gain many of the properties of normal artery. "Tissue-engineered blood vessels" may also be formed from layers of human vascular cells grown in culture. These engineered vessels have many of the characteristics of arteries formed in vivo. "Artificial arteries" may be also be derived from peritoneal granulation tissue in body "bioreactors" by adapting the body's natural wound healing response to produce a hollow tube.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)271-6
Number of pages6
JournalCardiovascular Pathology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 26 Sep 2003


  • Artificial Organs
  • Biocompatible Materials
  • Blood Vessel Prosthesis
  • Blood Vessels
  • Humans
  • Prosthesis Design
  • Tissue Engineering


Dive into the research topics of 'Advances in vascular tissue engineering'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this