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Three-Dimensional High Resolution Scaffold Fiber Architecture and Morphology in Tissue Engineered Heart Valve Tissue

[+] Author Affiliations
Chad E. Eckert, Brandon T. Mikulis, Michael S. Sacks

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Dane Gerneke, Bruce Smaill

University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

Danielle Gottlieb, John E. Mayer

Children’s Hospital Boston, Boston, MA

Paper No. SBC2010-19607, pp. 519-520; 2 pages
  • ASME 2010 Summer Bioengineering Conference
  • ASME 2010 Summer Bioengineering Conference, Parts A and B
  • Naples, Florida, USA, June 16–19, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: Bioengineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4403-8
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


Engineered heart valve tissue (EHVT) has received much attention as a potential pediatric valve replacement therapy, offering prospective long-term functional improvements over current options. A significant gap in the literature exists, however, regarding estimating tissue mechanical properties from tissue-scaffold composites. Detailed three-dimensional structural information prior to implantation (in vitro) and after implantation in (in vivo) is needed for improved modeling of tissue properties. As such, a novel high-resolution imaging technique will be employed to obtain three-dimensional microstructural information. Analysis techniques will be used to fully quantify constituents of interest including scaffold, collagen, and cellular information and to develop appropriate two-dimensional sectioning sampling protocols. It is the intent of this work to guide modeling efforts to better elucidate EHVT tissue-specific mechanical properties.

Copyright © 2010 by ASME



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