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Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-25449

Schmidt, D; Hoerstrup, S P (2006). Tissue engineered heart valves based on human cells. Swiss Medical Weekly, 136(39-40):618-623.



Valvular heart disease is still a significant cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Clinically used valve replacements including mechanical valves as well as fixed biological xeno- or homografts are associated with several major disadvantages. Alternatively, tissue engineering aims at the fabrication of autologous living cardiovascular replacements with the potential to grow and to repair, particularly for paediatric applications. Therefore, autologous cells are harvested and seeded onto three-dimensional matrices followed by biomimetic in vitro conditioning enabling the development of the neo-heart valve tissue. Here, we review different human cell sources such as vessels, bone marrow, umbilical cord tissue and blood, and chorionic villi with particular regard to cell phenotypes and their suitability for extracellular matrix production for tissue engineering purposes.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Division of Surgical Research
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Deposited On:09 Dec 2009 08:14
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 13:37
Publisher:EMH Swiss Medical Publishers
PubMed ID:17086507

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