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dc.titleCartilage repair using hyaluronan hydrogel-encapsulated human embryonic stem cell-derived chondrogenic cells
dc.contributor.authorToh, W.S.
dc.contributor.authorCao, T.
dc.contributor.authorLee, E.H.
dc.contributor.authorGuo, X.-M.
dc.contributor.authorChan, J.K.Y.
dc.contributor.authorYeow, C.H.
dc.contributor.authorChoo, A.B.
dc.identifier.citationToh, W.S., Cao, T., Lee, E.H., Guo, X.-M., Chan, J.K.Y., Yeow, C.H., Choo, A.B. (2010). Cartilage repair using hyaluronan hydrogel-encapsulated human embryonic stem cell-derived chondrogenic cells. Biomaterials 31 (27) : 6968-6980. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
dc.description.abstractHuman embryonic stem cells (hESCs) have the potential to offer a virtually unlimited source of chondrogenic cells for use in cartilage repair and regeneration. We have recently shown that expandable chondrogenic cells can be derived from hESCs under selective growth factor-responsive conditions. In this study, we explore the potential of these hESC-derived chondrogenic cells to produce an extracellular matrix (ECM)-enriched cartilaginous tissue construct when cultured in hyaluronic acid (HA)-based hydrogel, and further investigated the long-term reparative ability of the resulting hESC-derived chondrogenic cell-engineered cartilage (HCCEC) in an osteochondral defect model. We hypothesized that HCCEC can provide a functional template capable of undergoing orderly remodeling during the repair of critical-sized osteochondral defects (1.5 mm in diameter, 1 mm depth into the subchondral bone) in a rat model. In the process of repair, we observed an orderly spatial-temporal remodeling of HCCEC over 12 weeks into osteochondral tissue, with characteristic architectural features including a hyaline-like neocartilage layer with good surface regularity and complete integration with the adjacent host cartilage and a regenerated subchondral bone. By 12 weeks, the HCCEC-regenerated osteochondral tissue resembled closely that of age-matched unoperated native control, while only fibrous tissue filled in the control defects which left empty or treated with hydrogel alone. Here we demonstrate that transplanted hESC-derived chondrogenic cells maintain long-term viability with no evidence of tumorigenicity, providing a safe, highly-efficient and practical strategy of applying hESCs for cartilage tissue engineering. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.
dc.subjectHuman embryonic stem cells
dc.contributor.departmentORTHOPAEDIC SURGERY
dc.contributor.departmentDIVISION OF BIOENGINEERING
dc.contributor.departmentORAL AND MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY
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