ENDOXY-Development of a biomimetic oxygenator-Test-device

Maren Dietrich, Nicole Finocchiaro, Sebastian Olszweski, Jutta Arens, Thomas Schmitz-Rode, Joerg Sachweh, Stefan Jockenhoevel, Christian G. Cornelissen

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Objective This study focusses on the development of a biomimetic oxygenator test device. Due to limited biocompatibility, current oxygenators do not allow mid-to long-Term therapy. Tissue engineering uses autologous cell sources to overcome the immunogenic barriers of biomaterials. Surface coating with endothelial cells might improve hemocompatibility and thus prevent immunogenic reactions of the body. In this study this concept is applied to endothelialise a gas-permeable membrane to develop a biomimetic oxygenator testdevice (ENDOXY). Methods ENDOXY-a multifunctional test-system was developed to endothelialise a gas-permeable membrane suitable for cell culture and to test the cell retention under shear stress and to measure gas transfer through it. Results Successful endothelialisation of the membrane was achieved and cells showed characteristic endothelial morphologies. They stained positive for endothelial markers. The number of cells aligned with shear stress and cell retention after blood perfusing experiments was high. Gas transfer is observed via uncoated and endothelialised membranes. Conclusion The study showed promising results with regard to system design, endothelialisation, and cell retention under shear stress conditions. It strongly encourages further research into the system by testing different membrane materials to design a biomimetic membrane surface and pave way for a fully hemocompatible oxygenator.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0142961
JournalPLoS ONE
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2015
Externally publishedYes


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