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Formation of new blood vessels in the heart can be studied in cell cultures


Humar, Rok; de Miguel, Lourdes Sanchez; Kiefer, Fabrice N; Battegay, Edouard J (2007). Formation of new blood vessels in the heart can be studied in cell cultures. ALTEX, 24 Spec :35-38.

Abstract

Controlled induction of the formation of new microvessels, i.e., therapeutic angiogenesis, may be used one day to treat patients that for example had suffered a myocardial infarction. Experimental models of angiogenesis in the heart in vivo substantially stress the animal. We therefore developed a model of angiogenesis of the heart in vitro, where mouse and rat heart pieces are stimulated under controlled conditions in a three dimensional matrix. Capillary-like sprouts emerging in these cultures represent early to midterm steps of angiogenesis and can be quantified to study potential angiogenic compounds and underlying mechanisms.

Abstract

Controlled induction of the formation of new microvessels, i.e., therapeutic angiogenesis, may be used one day to treat patients that for example had suffered a myocardial infarction. Experimental models of angiogenesis in the heart in vivo substantially stress the animal. We therefore developed a model of angiogenesis of the heart in vitro, where mouse and rat heart pieces are stimulated under controlled conditions in a three dimensional matrix. Capillary-like sprouts emerging in these cultures represent early to midterm steps of angiogenesis and can be quantified to study potential angiogenic compounds and underlying mechanisms.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic and Policlinic for Internal Medicine
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2007
Deposited On:19 Jun 2013 13:19
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 16:49
Publisher:Spektrum Akademischer Verlag GmbH
ISSN:1868-596X
PubMed ID:19835053

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