Vascular endothelial growth factor-releasing scaffolds enhance vascularization and engraftment of hepatocytes transplanted on liver lobes Academic Article uri icon


  • Hepatocyte transplantation within porous scaffolds (HT) is being explored as a treatment strategy for end-stage liver diseases and enzyme deficiencies. One of the main issues in this approach is the limited viability of transplanted cells because vascularization of the scaffold site is either too slow or insufficient. We now address this by enhancing scaffold vascularization before cell transplantation via sustained delivery of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), and by examining the liver lobes as a platform for transplanting …

publication date

  • January 1, 2005