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Successful Reconstruction of the Right Ventricular Outflow Tract by Implantation of Thymus Stem Cell Engineered Graft in Growing Swine

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)364-384
Number of pages21
JournalJACC: Basic to Translational Science
Issue number3
Early online date24 Jun 2019
DateAccepted/In press - 2 Feb 2019
DateE-pub ahead of print - 24 Jun 2019
DatePublished (current) - Jun 2019


Graft cellularization holds great promise in overcoming the limitations associated with prosthetic materials currently used in corrective cardiac surgery. In this study, the authors evaluated the advantages of graft cellularization for right ventricular outflow tract reconstruction in a novel porcine model. After 4.5 months from implantation, improved myocardial strain, better endothelialization and cardiomyocyte incorporation, and reduced fibrosis were observed in the cellularized grafts compared with the acellular grafts. To the authors’ knowledge, this is the first demonstration of successful right ventricular outflow tract correction using bioengineered grafts in a large animal model.

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  • congenital heart disease, reconstruction, right ventricular outflow swine model, tissue engineering, tract stem cells

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