Vascularization of wide pore agarose-gelatin cryogel scaffolds implanted subcutaneously in diabetic and non-diabetic mice

Konstantin Bloch, Alexey Vanichkin, L. G. Damshkaln, V. I. Lozinsky, P. Vardi

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Abstract

Polymeric scaffolds have been reported to promote angiogenesis, facilitating oxygen delivery; however, little is known about the effect of diabetes on the neo-vascularization of implanted polymeric scaffolds at subcutaneous (SC) sites. In this study we compare the effect of diabetes on scaffold vascularization following SC implantation into diabetic and non-diabetic mice. Wide pore agarose cryogel scaffolds with grafted gelatin were prepared by a two-step freezing procedure and subsequent thawing. The scaffolds were implanted subcutaneously into streptozoticin-induced diabetic mice and control, non-diabetic mice. The vascularization process was estimated using histological sections, in which endothelial cells were identified by Von Willebrand factor (vWF) and CD31 antigen staining and the pericyte layer was confirmed by α-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA) visualization. Comparative analysis showed a similar thickness of fibrous capsules around the vascularized scaffolds in both diabetic and non-diabetic animals. Intensive staining for α-SMA indicated the formation of mature blood vessels in the surrounding fibrous capsule and tissue invading the scaffold area. No statistically significant differences in capillary density and area occupied by blood vessels were found between diabetic and non-diabetic mice. In conclusion, the present study shows no adverse effects of diabetes on new blood vessel formation in SC implanted agarose cryogel scaffolds with grafted gelatin.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1200-1205
Number of pages6
JournalActa Biomaterialia
Volume6
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2010
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Cryogel
  • Diabetes
  • Scaffold
  • Subcutis
  • Vascularization

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