Design of a Co-culture System Using Collagen Microthreads to Facilitate Neovascularization Public
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Several co-culture systems involving fibroblasts and endothelial cells have been used to characterize angiogenesis. However, these models have not been translated into therapies for chronic non-healing wounds. We developed an approach that may facilitate in vivo neovascularization and serve as an in vitro tool to study angiogenic mechanisms. Self-assembled collagen microthreads populated with human dermal fibroblasts (HDFs) were extruded using a novel method prior to surface seeding of human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs). Fluorescence microscopy confirmed the presence of both cell types after 48 hours of co-culture. These results demonstrate that a viable co-culture system can be established on collagen microthreads with these seeding methods.
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